Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

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Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

Oregon

(541) 308-1700

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Things To Do

Overview

The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area is a spectacular river canyon cutting the only sea-level route through the Cascade Mountain Range. It's 80 miles long and up to 4,000 feet with the north canyon walls in Washington State and the south canyon walls in Oregon State. The Columbia River Gorge is more than a gorgeous, natural wonder. It is also a critical transportation corridor and is home to 70,000 people.

Map of Columbia River Gorge Nat'l Scenic Area

Latitude, Longitude: 45.716728, -121.794777

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Activities

  • Boating

    Kayaking and rafting are popular activities on the two Wild & Scenic Rivers that flow in the Scenic Area.

  • Bicycling

    CRGNSA has 5 trails open to mountain bike use. Please remember to stay on the designated trail -- off roading damages sensitive resources. A great way to enjoy the Historic Columbia River Highway is by bicycle. Weekends are a busy time on the Highway for both vehicle and bicycle traffic.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    Please contact park services for more information.

  • Camping

    The Forest has 3 developed campgrounds, which contain some 44 campsites. Campsites generally include a table, a fire grate, and a tent or trailer space. RV hookups are not available, although most campgrounds have water and a vault or flush toilets. Most overnight sites require a user fee and are on a first-come, first-serve basis.

  • Climbing

    Please contact park services for more information.

  • Fishing

    The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area provides an endless number of fishing opportunities for the experienced and beginning angler. Beautiful rivers and streams, high elevation lakes, reservoirs, and small ponds offer just about every setting one could ask for to relax and fish, or just enjoy the magnificent scenery.

  • Hiking

    Over 30 trails in the Gorge offer opportunities for backpacking. In addition, some trails connect with others on the Mount Hood or Gifford Pinchot national forests. Many of the trails in CRGNSA are primarily used for day hiking.

  • Picnicking

    Developed picnic areas typically offer parking, tables and restrooms. Always be prepared to pack out trash and garbage, as onsite garbage service may be limited or not offered in all areas.

  • RVing

    The campgrounds in the Scenic Area have sites for trailers or RVs, however hookups are not available. There are some campgrounds that only provide tent sites and may be difficult to enter or exit with an RV or trailer, so please check the information on maximum vehicle length at for the specific campground. Also, please check with nearby communities for RV dump stations and other related services.

  • Water Sports

    Kayaking, swimming and rafting are popular activities on the two Wild & Scenic Rivers that flow in the Scenic Area.

Directions

Driving

It's easy to navigate through the Columbia River Gorge. State Route 14 on the Washington side and Interstate 84 on the Oregon side are the main highways along the Columbia River. Four bridges help you get from one side of the river to the other: Cascade Locks/Stevenson; Hood River/Bingen; The Dalles/Dallesport, and Biggs/Maryhill.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(541) 308-1700

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