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Columbia Hills State Park (formerly Horsethief Lake State Park)
Campground Description: This Washington State Park is owned by the US Army Corps of Engineers and operated by the State of Washington. Columbia Hills State Park offers a total of 3,338-acres with 7,500 feet of freshwater shoreline on the Columbia River. Within the park is Horsethief Lake, the RV campground and the tent campground, a day use area and a special display of numerous petroglyphs (Indian rock art). Two boat launches are available at Columbia Hills State Park as is a fish cleaning station. Several hiking trails are available and rock climbing is a popular activity on the basalt bluffs to the West of Columbia Hills State Park. The city of The Dalles is only 6 miles Southwest of Columbia Hills State Park. The Dalles offers many good restaurants as well as many shopping opportunities. The park is open April through October. Reservations are not available. All campsites are on a first come first served basis.
Number of Sites: 18
Electricity: Yes at sites 1-8
Water: Yes at sites 1-8
Waste Water Dump Station: Yes
Directions: Interstate 84 Westbound or Eastbound - Drive to exit 87, the Highway 197 exit. Travel North and cross the bridge into Washington. Follow Highway 197 for 3.4 miles to State Route 14 (SR14). At SR14, turn right (East) and follow for 1.5 miles to the entrance to Columbia Hills State Park. State Route 14 Westbound or Eastbound - Follow State Highway 14 (SR14) to (roughly) milepost 85. The entrance to Columbia Hills State Park is on the South side of SR14.
Fishing: Horsethief Lake is usually open for fishing the last Saturday in April through October 31. Fishermen should consult regulations to be sure of the dates. The Columbia River offers world class fishing for Salmon, Steelhead, Sturgeon, Walleye and bass.
Astronomy Opportunities: Excellent due to the lack of light pollution and clear skies. The exact location for computerized telescopes is 45.64511° North, 121.110776° West.
Nearby Golfing: Hood River:Hood River Golf & Country Club Hood River Golf & Country Club (one of the author's favorites) Indian Creek Golf Course Indian Creek Golf Course
Columbia Hills/Horsethief Lake State Park
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Sign at the entrance to Columbia Hills/Horsethief Lake State Park
Map of the campground at Columbia Hills State Park. Note that the camping prices indicated on the map are 2007 prices.
The restroom facilities at Columbia Hills State Park offer flush toilets and hot showers
The day use area at Columbia Hills/Horsethief Lake State Park
A primitive (no hookup) RV campsite at Columbia Hills State Park
RV camping sites 1-8 offer water and electricity hookups at Columbia Hills/Horsethief Lake State Park
The tent camping sites at Columbia Hills State Park are all on lush lawns
A marker describing the petroglyphs (Indian rock art) at Columbia Hills/Horsethief Lake State Park
One of many petroglyphs (Indian rock art) at Columbia Hills/Horsethief Lake State Park
More of the many petroglyphs (Indian rock art) at Columbia Hills State Park
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