Eagle Creek Campground

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed
 

A camp site and campground restrooms at Eagle Creek Campground

Spend a night outdoors in the Forest Service's first developed campground, which originally opened in 1916 at the dawn of America's love affair with car camping! Located in the central Columbia River Gorge, the campground is great for a weekend of hiking, boating, fishing, and other adventures in one of the most scenic places in the Pacific Northwest. Campsites are situated between large trees atop a bluff above Eagle Creek and the Columbia River. Interstate 84 and a railroad run nearby, so the campground may be too noisy for some (especially sites 7-14).

Out of the 17 campsites, 14 must be reserved at www.recreation.gov and three are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reserve early -- up to six months in advance -- to ensure a spot at this popular campground, which books up early between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Reservations are strongly encouraged, as the three walk-up sites fill quickly on summer weekends.

Each site has a paved parking spot, and most are fully accessible. A full-time host is on site. The site is best for tent camping, as there are no RV hookups and a 20 foot trailer limit due to small spaces and tight curves on the road leading up to the campground. A new vault toilet constructed in 2018 preserves the site's historic charm with its rugged Cascadian architecture. 

The campground is part of the Eagle Creek Recreation Area which also features the Historic Eagle Creek Trail (still closed in 2019 due to damage from a major 2017 wildfire). The trail was built along a cliff overlooking Eagle Creek, starting in 1916, and still considered one of the most popular and scenic hikes in the Gorge. Several other area trails, including Buck Point, Gorge #400, Ruckel Creek #405, Wauna Point #402, and Shady Glen #402A, are still closed from the 2017 fire. 

In fall, the nearby picnic area is a good site to watch spawning salmon, and there are fishing opportunities nearby, but campers must possess a valid Oregon fishing license and follow state rules. The Gorge has many other adventures to offer, including water sports, agricultural tourism, museums, and day hikes.

A camp site at Eagle Creek Campground A camp site and campground restrooms at Eagle Creek Campground Restroom building at Eagle Creek Eagle Creek Campground restroom was designed to be accessible.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Closed for the season. Future reservation of campsites can be made at recreation.gov. Note several area trails are still closed.
Reservations: Sites must be reserved at http://www.recreation.gov at least 72 hours in advance and are available for reservation as early as 6 months in advance. Please note the following occupancy rules:
  • At least one person must occupy the campsite on the first night.
  • Equipment may not be left unattended at the campsite for more than 24 hours thereafter.
Fees
  • $15/Night for single unit and one vehicle.
  • $5/Night for each additional vehicle.
  • Camping fee is NOT valid for parking in the trailhead. A separate recreation pass is needed.  Day use parking is not allowed in the campground.
Open Season: May - September
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions:
  • Trailers and RVs 20 ft. max.
  • 14-day stay limit 
Closest Towns: Cascade Locks, OR
Water: No potable water (2019 season)
Restroom: Vault Toilets (3) One accessible
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

General Information

Directions:

From Portland, OR: Travel east on Interstate 84 to exit #41 which is just past the interstate tunnel...make sure  you are in the right lane before entering the tunnel.  Take a right at the end of the off ramp and follow the signs to Eagle Creek Campground.  The campground is located south of Eagle Creek Overlook Group Campground

From Cascade Locks, OR: Travel west on Interstate 84 approximately 3 miles to Bonneville Dam exit #40 (there is no westbound exit #41). Turn left at the stop sign, go under the interstate and then turn left onto the eastbound freeway entrance. Travel east approximately 1 mile on Interstate 84 to exit #41 which is just past the interstate tunnel...make sure you are in the right lane before entering the tunnel. Take a right at the end of the off ramp and follow the signs to the campground.


General Notes:

Campsite at Eagle Creek Campground

A camp site at Eagle Creek Campground


Parking:

Parking in the campground is for paid campers only. First vehicle is free, additional vehicles are $5 each.  Number of vehicles is limited to what will fit on the paved parking apron at your site.


Recreation Map

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