DOUG''S BEACH STATE PARK
Doug's Beach State Park is a 379-acre, undeveloped day-use park on the Columbia River. This is one of the premier windsurfing sites in the Columbia Gorge and is rated for advanced sailors. Parking is along the south side of SR 14. There is a pedestrian walkway behind the vehicle-parking area, fenced from passing trains. Visitors access the beach down a paved path with railroad-crossing arms and signals. Doug's beach is a popular windsurfing site and for those less adventurous a windsurfing observation site. Picnic tables and shade trees line the shore.
Environmental Features Physical Features Plant Life Special The park is situated underneath basalt cliffs carved by the flood waters of the last ice age. The basalt emerged as immense lava flows from massive cracks in the earth's crust. These flows covered all of eastern Washington and Oregon long before the floods.
An observer can identify the various flows by the distinct stratigraphy along the cliff walls. Some flows appear to have been hundreds of feet thick in some areas.
For more information on the floods and geology of eastern Washington, visit Sun Lakes State Park and the Dry Falls Interpretive Center.
Native American villages existed up and down the Oregon and Washington shores of the Columbia River. Consequently, there are artifacts associated with those village sites. The disturbance of sites and/or collection of artifacts is prohibited by state and federal laws. Penalties for such violations are high, and the areas are patrolled by local, state, and federal officers.
In 1805, Lewis and Clark stopped for supplies at an Indian village in the vicinity of today's park. The transaction is recorded in their journals. The park acquired its name from a windsurfer who used to frequent the beach when the sport was in its infancy. "Doug" still lives in the Gorge and owns a business in Hood River, Oregon.
A Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to Washington state parks for day use. For more information about the Discover Pass and exemptions, please visit the Discover Pass web page