Columbia Hills Historical State Park Campground

Horsethief Lake

Columbia River Gorge, Washington

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Columbia Hills Historical State Park Campground

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  • Restroom and shower facility at Columbia Hills Historical State Park Campground.- Columbia Hills Historical State Park Campground
  • Horsethief Lake at Columbia Hills Historical State Park Campground.- Columbia Hills Historical State Park Campground
  • Boat ramp access for Horsethief Lake at Columbia Hills Historical State Park Campground.- Columbia Hills Historical State Park Campground
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Pros: 
Direct access to Horsethief Lake. Shaded campsites.
Cons: 
No privacy between sites.
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Alerts: 
September, 2017: The rapidly expanding Eagle Creek and Indian Creek fires have forced closures throughout large areas of the Columbia River Gorge. Updated information can be found in the following links: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5584/ and https://gorgefriends.org/hike-the-gorge/trail-alerts.html
Region:
Columbia River Gorge, WA
Managed by: 
Washington State Parks
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Washington Discovery Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Reservation phone number: 
888-226-7688
Reservations possible: 
Yes
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Campground Description

Campground Description

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Located on the western end of 90-acre Horsethief Lake, Columbia Hills Historical State Park's campground is modestly sized and ideally shaded when compared to the rest of grassland 3,338-acre park. The campground itself has eight gravel "partial utility" sites (electric connection only), two platform tent sites, a tee-pee, four walk-in sites, two hiker/biker campsites, and a restroom and shower facility that's shared with the park's day use picnic area.

If looking to explore the 3,338-acre park, Columbia Hills Historical State Park is a major destination for hiking and rock climbing around Horsethief Butte, and the hiking trails on Dalles Mountain Ranch are known for the purple lupine and bright yellow balsamroot that are most abundant in mid-April. Adjacent to the campground on the west end of Horsethief Lake, salvaged petroglyphs from the region are on display on the very short Temani Pesh-wa Interpretive Trail. The Lake itself is open to motorized boats, but are limited to 5 m.p.h..

Note: Columbia Hills Historical State Park Campground is open year round.

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