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Campground Description: Operated by the US Army Corps of Engineers, this terrific (one of the author's favorites) 244 acre park is fully paved with rolling lawns, trees, swimming beaches and an adjacent day use area with BBQs, shelters and a privately operated marina. Charbonneau Park is very well maintained and operated. The park offers restroom facilities with flush toilets and hot showers. A boat launch is available at the day use area. Hiking trails are available. The Northern boarder of Charbonneau Park is the Snake river's Sacajawea Lake, formed by the pooling of the Snake river behind Ice Harbor Dam. When the regular campsites fill, there are an additional overflow sites without any facilities. Ice Harbor Dam (no campgrounds) is approximately 2 miles west and offers fish viewing, fish ladders and powerhouse tours. Charbonneau Park is located 12 miles Southeast of Pasco, WA, on State Route 124. Open year round. Free camping October until April 1. Reservations are strongly recommended during the summer season - especially for weekends and holidays.
Number of Sites: 54 with full or partial hookups plus overflow sites with no facilities
Water: Yes, at central locations. No water available during the free season - October through April 1.
Sewer: At 15 sites
Waste Water Dump Station: Yes
Directions: Highway 395/12 Southbound from the Tri-Cities - Drive South from the Tri-Cities on US Highway 12 for 3 miles. Immediately after crossing the Snake River, turn left onto State Route 124. Follow State Route 124 for 8 ½ miles. Turn left at the sign for Charbonneau Park at Sun Harbor Road. Follow Sun Harbor Road for approximately 2 miles to the park entrance.
Fishing: A Boat launch is adjacent to the park at the day use area. World class Salmon River fishing (seasonal) for salmon, steelhead, sturgeon, trout and small mouth bass. Small mouth bass are an easy catch from the shore.
Astronomy Opportunities: Very Good. Little direct light pollution. A vacant field lies to the northeast of the park and may be accessed by foot. Elevation is approximately 620 feet. Views are limited by the park's abundance of trees. The exact location for computerized telescopes is 46.25583° North, 118.84717° West.
Nearby Golfing: Numerous Par 3 to championship courses in the Tri-Cities, 17 miles Northwest.Pasco: Sun Willows in Pasco http://www.sunwillowsgolfcourse.com/ Pasco Golf Land - 2901 N. Road 40, Pasco, WA 99301 (509) 544-9291 Kennewick: Columbia Park Golf Course - 2701 Columbia Park Trail, Kennewick, WA 99336 (509) 586-2800 Canyon Lakes Golf Course - http://www.canyonlakesgolfcourse.com/ Richland: Columbia Point Golf Course - http://www.columbiapointgolfcourse.com/ Buckskin Golf Club - 1726 Bronco Ln, Richland, WA 99354 (509) 942-0888 West Richland Municipal Golf Course - 4000 Fallon Dr, West Richland, WA 99353 (509) 967-2165
Contact Information: US Army Corps of Engineers, 2763 Monument Drive, Burbank, WA 99323 (509) 547-7781 On-line reservations
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The sign at the entrance to Charbonneau Park
Camping fees for Charbonneau Park
Registration and reservation information for Charbonneau Park
The campground map for Charbonneau Park
The restroom facilities at Charbonneau Park offer flush toilets and hot showers
Most of the campsites at Charbonneau offer lots of area for tent campers
A pull through campsite on the river at Charbonneau Park
A typical back-in campsite at Charbonneau Park
Within the campground at Charbonneau Park there are rolling hills covered with grass and trees
Some of the campsites at Charbonneau Park overlook the marina
The day use area at Charbonneau Park covers many acres of lawn and trees
The day use area at Charbonneau Park offers a swimming beach
Sanitary waste disposal station at Charbonneau Park
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