Deschutes River State Recreation Area – 9/198

Oregon State Park #9 of 198!

Our family was taking a 2 day tour of local ghost towns and decided to spend the night camping at the small park right at the intersection of the Deschutes River and the Columbia River. The cold river was a blessing during the current heat wave. The kids really wanted to play in the water after a day our touring historic towns. There is a large camping area and day-use picnic areas – however, before you camp there, be warned that the campground is located right by the Hwy 84 and a busy railroad. The highway traffic, train horns, and load squeaky, slamming bathroom doors kept up awake all night. For a day-use area, this park was quite enjoyable.

Are you interested in river recreation in Oregon?? Watch the video below for more information about this State Park.


Deschutes River State Recreation Area Website


East of The Dalles, Oregon

Parking Fees:

No Fees!

Personal Experience:

  • Beauty = B+
  • Kid Friendly = B
  • Fees = No Parking Fees!
  • Facilities = A
  • Camping = F (NOISY)

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More Resources:

Full Oregon State Park Video Playlist

Our Story:

I’m an adventurous soul who feels most at home surrounded by trails, trees, and water. Hiking is my peace and meditation, and I am so glad to be sharing this with the whole family. In Spring of 2022, our family took a weekend trip to the Oregon Coast and it was just as I remembered it when I was young. Breathtaking beauty, misty rain, and vast greenery. We visited several locations down the central coast that weekend and I craved more. We passed so many State Parks that looked intriguing, but I knew nothing about them, so I bought a book about the Oregon State Parks for future trip planning. When I was reading the book I realized… I want to see then ALL! So the family decided to embark on the adventure of visiting every State Park in Oregon (and hopefully moving on to Washington after).

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