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Sand Station Recreation Area

Campground Description:  The Sand Station Recreation Area is owned and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  This facility is so new that it isn't shown on many maps and isn't listed on the internet.  The internet listings for this RV camping and tent camping facility are actually for Warehouse Beach Recreation Area, 6.8 miles west.  This small campground offers plenty of activities from hiking and picnicking to swimming and fishing in the Columbia River.  On some days, the beach at Sand Station Recreation Area might be a wind surfer's dream come true.  No water, electricity or waste water disposal  is available.  Remember to take home with you everything that you brought.  RV camping sites will accommodate small to medium sized RVs.  Please leave the land yachts at home.  Open year round.  Reservations are not possible.

Number of Sites:  8 RV camping sites and 10 to 15 tent camping spots

Electricity:  No

Water:  No

Sewer:  No

Cost:  Free - but overnight campers must still register

Waste Water Dump Station:  No

Directions:  From Interstate 82 (I-82) - Follow I-82 towards Umatilla, Oregon.  Exit at Exit 1.  At the bottom of the off ramp, turn east onto Highway 730.  Follow Highway 730 east for approximately 10   miles.  Sand Station Recreation Area is on the north (left) side of the highway.  From Interstate 84 (I-84) - Take exit 179 onto Highway I-82.  Follow I-82 towards Umatilla, Oregon.  Exit at Exit 1.  At the bottom of the off ramp, turn east onto Highway 730.  Follow Highway 730 east for approximately 10   miles.  Sand Station Recreation Area is on the north (left) side of the highway.

Fishing:  Yes, on the Columbia River.  Fish for small mouth bass and, seasonally, steelhead, salmon, walleye and sturgeon.  The nearest boat ramp is at Hat Rock State Park, approximately 2 miles west on Highway 730.

Astronomy Opportunities:  Very good.  Set up in the day use area.  The exact location for computerized telescopes is 119.00442 W,  45.97315 N

Nearby Golfing:  In East Umatilla, 15.6 miles west on Highway 730

Big River Golf Course
709 Willamette Avenue
Umatilla, OR  97882
541-922-3006
Big River Golf Course

Contact Information: 

Sand Station Recreation Area
P O Box 1230
Umatilla, OR  97882
541-922-2268
Sand Station Recreation Area

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The sign at the entrance to Sand Station Recreation Area

Sand Station Recreation Area offers modern pit toilets

Parking for RV camping is on a level rock surface with tables and sun shelters for each RV camper

The day use area at Sand Station Recreation Area includes fire pits, picnic tables and a swimming area

The RV camping sites offer a view of the Columbia River

More of the day use area at Sand Station Recreation Area

Some tent camping is permitted at Sand Station Recreation Area

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