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The Chinook Indian tribes of the Columbia Gorge used to lay the bones of their dead on open pyres on Memaloose Island in the middle of the Columbia River near The Dalles. A granite monument visible from Memaloose State Park campground marks the resting place where a local pioneer named Victor Trevitt wished to chart his eternal course buried among honorable men.

Today, Memaloose State Park is a virtual oasis of beauty in the hottest part of the Columbia River Gorge. Temperatures can top 110 F on a summer day, but Memaloose always manages to provide cool comfort, lush green grass and shade thanks to the tall maples and willows that loom large in the park. The sound of pulsating sprinklers provides a melodic nighttime rhythm to the counterpoint of chirping crickets and lonesome train whistles.

On summer nights, families select prime viewing spots on the cool grass and open meadows around the campground and observe the nightly celestial performances of shooting stars, wandering satellites and far away galaxies.
Day-UseSwimming Beachyes
 Electric Sitesyes
 Full Hookup Sitesyes
Memaloose State Park in Oregon offers a campground that is ideal for those who enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing and wildlife viewing. Here are the camping options available:

1. Tent Camping: There are several tent sites within Memaloose State Park where you can set up your own campsite.

2. RV Camping: The park has numerous full-hookup campsites suitable for recreational vehicles (RVs). These include electricity, water and sewer services at each site.

3. Group Campsites: For larger groups or family gatherings, there's an option to reserve group campsites which offer more space than individual ones.

4. Yurts/Cabins Rental: Although not directly mentioned on their website if they have yurt/cabin rentals like other state parks do but it might be worth checking with them before planning your trip.
The park offers a variety of boating options for visitors. The Columbia River, which flows alongside the park, is ideal for various water activities including motorized and non-motorized boating. However, there are no boat ramps within the park itself; instead nearby marinas provide these facilities. Visitors can enjoy sailing or fishing on their own boats or rent one from local services around.

Memaloose State Park offers picnic tables and grills, perfect for a family outing. Enjoy scenic views of the Columbia River.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
June 14 Bring ear plugs; watch the sun sets.
park review stars; one to five Sited between I-84 and the Columbia River, we were pleasantly surprised at how little freeway noise there is after dark. Bring ear plugs if you do not like to hear the occasional train. You easily see barges and train traffic on both sides of gorge. Wonderful sunsets on the volcanic cliffs in Washington. Most sites are shady, and the bathrooms are immaculate.
May 15 Good Location for US
park review stars; one to five Its a great location for us we go because of the area around it. We love to fish and hike. But the campsites are kind of small and uneven ground. We only camp there if one of the 2 sites are available. otherwise we go elsewhere. Playground is nice, also the showers are nice and warm. The stars are very beautiful in the gorge at night.
August 21 NEVER again by Windswept
park review stars; one to five Might have potential IF you were in a camper, trailer or RV. However, we were in a tent, and the gale force winds were NOT fun. We were also on the A loop, and by the train tracks. There were at least 20 trains a day, and many at night (whistling and all). On a positive note, the playground was nice, and the camp hosts were friendly. We did leave a day early, and noticed many other people did not stay for their entire reservations :(
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Memaloose State Park is located in Oregon, along the Columbia River Gorge. To reach the park from Portland, follow I-84 East for approximately 70 miles until you see signs for Memaloose State Park. Take exit 69 and merge onto US-30 E towards The Dalles/Hood River.

Continue on US-30 E for about half a mile before turning left onto Mayer State Park Access Road. Follow this road as it winds through scenic landscapes and leads directly to Memaloose State Park.

If you are coming from Hood River or The Dalles, take I-84 West until you reach exit 76 toward Mosier/Columbia Rvr Hwy/Mayer St Pk/Rowena Crest Viewpoint. Merge onto Old Highway 8/SR14 W then turn right at Rowena Dell Drive (signs will indicate Mayer/Dallesport). After driving around two miles on this road, make another right turn into Mayer-State-Park-Memaloo parking lot which provides access to both parks.

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