Memaloose State Park

Quick Facts

Memaloose State Park

Oregon

(800) 551-6949

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Things To Do

Overview

The Chinook Indian tribes of the Columbia Gorge used to lay the bones of their dead on open pyres on Memaloose Island in the middle of the Columbia River near The Dalles. A granite monument visible from Memaloose State Park campground marks the resting place where a local pioneer named Victor Trevitt wished to chart his eternal course buried among honorable men. Today, Memaloose State Park is a virtual oasis of beauty in the hottest part of the Columbia River Gorge. Temperatures can top 110 F on a summer day, but Memaloose always manages to provide cool comfort, lush green grass and shade thanks to the tall maples and willows that loom large in the park. The sound of pulsating sprinklers provides a melodic nighttime rhythm to the counterpoint of chirping crickets and lonesome train whistles. On summer nights, families select prime viewing spots on the cool grass and open meadows around the campground and observe the nightly celestial performances of shooting stars, wandering satellites and far away galaxies. Enjoy waterfalls, hiking trails and views of the gorge from several state parks along the Historic Columbia River Highway.

Map of Memaloose (OR)

Latitude, Longitude: 45.690769, -121.352097

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Activities

  • Camping

    The state park has 66 tent campsites (maximum site 60 feet).

  • Hiking

    Hikers and bikers enjoy breathtaking views of the Columbia River Gorge from the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail. The Mosier Twin Tunnels stretch is a paved five-mile route between two trailheads. A visitor station lies on the west end. The other portion of the state trail offers five miles of gorge scenery from the Bridge of the Gods at Cascade Locks west beyond Bonneville Dam. All segments of the trail are rated moderate to difficult for people with disabilities. All pets must be on leashes.

  • Historic Sites

    The Chinook Indian tribes of the Columbia Gorge used to lay the bones of their dead on open pyres on Memaloose Island in the middle of the Columbia River near The Dalles. A granite monument visible from Memaloose State Park campground marks the resting place where a local pioneer named Victor Trevitt wished to chart his eternal course buried among honorable men.

  • RVing

    The park has 44 full hookup campsites (maximum site 60 feet).

  • Water Sports

    State park day-use areas are gateways to windsurfing, sightseeing and more in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.

Seasonality/Weather

Open mid-March through October. Call 800-551-6949 for exact open and closure dates.

Directions

Driving

I-84 (westbound only), 11 miles east of The Dalles.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(800) 551-6949

Campground reservations

(800) 452-5687

Links

Comments

Can you tell me the history of Memaloose State Park?

When it was created, by whom, how many acres?

Thank you

The Chinook Indian tribes of the Columbia Gorge used to lay the bones of their dead on open pyres on Memaloose Island in the middle of the Columbia River near The Dalles. A granite monument visible from Memaloose State Park campground marks the resting place where a local pioneer named Victor Trevitt wished to chart his eternal course buried among honorable men.

For more information, call Oregon State Parks at (800) 551-6949.