I know where there are good campgrounds for summer camping along the Columbia River Gorge, but wanting recommendations for winter traveling.
Have stayed at Bridge RV Park, across the river from Hood River. But just not familiar with any others which would be open during December or January. Wouldn't mind altering our route a bit to have a stop over near Hood River.
It isn't that far to Troutdale, but a mite too far for this trip as we will get a late start and want to stay overnight near Hood River before traveling on the next day.
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Try Beacon Rock on the Washington side. There are a few sites past the marina and under the RR tracks, could be over the tracks,can't remember. Don't try the campground North of the HWY, tent cg really.
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My favorite camping spot, open all winter is probably to far east. Its Crow Butte. It was once a state park but now has been sold to the county or private. Its on the Umatilla NRW on a little island on the Washington side. I also think the Deschutes River State Rec Area by The Dalles is open all year also. Some train noise in both places
Another option, near the eastern terminus of the Gorge is Maryhill State park. You'll find it on the Washington side, along US 97 across the river from Biggs, OR. It's also near a couple of neat spots; Maryhill Museum, Stonehenge, and Goldendale Observatory State Park. And that's not to mention Maryhill Winery as well as several other small wineries in the area (if you like that sort of thing).
Really nice state park, full hook ups, right on the Columbia. And it has one huge advantage over many others along the Gorge -- limited train noise. Trains have to slow down for a bend in the tracks.
Or, if you can put up with trains, could give Deschutes River Rec area, about 5 miles west of Biggs along I-84 (in fact access west bound is from Biggs), a shot.
The CG is at the mouth of the Deschutes River and has electric and water hook ups with a sewer dump station. Warning though trains do head east and west along the tracks about every 30 to 45 minutes and they're NOISY. When we stay there we turn on the fan on the A/C to create some white noise to cancel out those buggers.
Thanx for all the suggestions, will muse over the suggestions and since we will be leaving around the 12th of December ... looks like our only option will be wait a day or two and leave first thing in the morning so we don't have to stop in the gorge (barring bad weather causing us to stop), but now I know a lot more than when I posted the question.