Recreation

View of the Columbia River Gorge from the Cape Horn Overlook

From watersports to wonderful vistas, the Columbia River Gorge provides just about every type of outdoor recreation you can imagine. Find maps and current conditions on this page, or explore what we have to offer by reviewing our sites below. 

Know Before You Go:

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Closures: - Eagle Creek Fire Closure map & list of open/closed rec sites

Where can I go? View OPEN recreation sites within the Gorge and nearby areas

Get tips to tread lightly, follow trail etiquette, be safe and Recreate with Respect.

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Plan ahead. Check the current Ready Set Gorge! map to help plan your trip. 

Check the weatherPortland/west Gorge Forecast or Hood River/east Gorge Forecast.

Fire Restrictions are in place

Interactive Recreation Map

Click, drag, zoom, and explore to find icons that help you plan your adventures!

Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Angel's Rest Trail (#415) Closed to Visitor Closed due to post-fire hazards and unstable conditions.
BZ Launch Site & Trail (#4413) Open to Visitor 10/26/18 - Work is completed on the new trail construction. Check current flows on USGS streamgage at Underwood but note its river stage does not directly correlate to the gauge at Husum.
Balfour-Klickitat Area & Trail (#4414) Open to Visitor 10/26/18 - Trail is clear of debris
Bonneville Trailhead Open to Visitor Open
Cape Horn Overlook Open to Visitor Open
Cape Horn Trail (#4418) Open to Visitor 10/26/18 - Trail is open. Expect brush and debris on newly opened portion of trail.
Catherine Creek Open to Visitor Dogs must be on leash in the Catherine Creek trail corridor year round. Expect crowds on weekends and holidays.
Catherine Creek Interpretive Trail (#4400) Open to Visitor Open. Keep dogs on leash. Portable toilet on site mid March-mid June only.
Columbia Gorge Discovery Center Open to Visitor Explore compelling live raptor exhibits and interactive displays of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
Coyote Wall Open to Visitor Dogs must be on leash from December 1- June 30. Consider carpooling or visiting Coyote Wall during non-peak periods. Expect crowds on weekends and holidays.
Dog Creek Falls Observation Site Open to Visitor Open (day use)
Dog Mountain Open to Visitor Parking is not permitted on SR 14, consider carpooling or visiting Dog Mountain during non-peak periods. Expect congestion on weekends and holidays.
Eagle Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Closed until May 2019.
Eagle Creek Day Use Area Open to Visitor Eagle Creek Day Use area and Picnic site only are open. *Eagle Creek Trail is still closed for public safety due to post-fire hazards and unstable conditions.
Eagle Creek Overlook Group Campground Open to Visitor Open until mid-October. Available by reservation only. No water or flush toilets this season. Portable toilets will be provided, however, visitors will need to bring all the water needed for their stay (drinking, washing, etc). Nearby hiking trails closed due to post-fire hazards and unstable conditions.
Eagle Creek Trailhead & Trail (#440) Closed to Visitor Closed due to post-fire hazards and unstable conditions.
Gorge 400 Trail Open to Visitor 9/26/18 - Wyeth to Herman Creek (Cascade Locks) section is open, expect some debris on trail. Wyeth trail is still closed.
Gorton Creek Trail (#408) Open to Visitor 10/29/18 -Trail has been cleared of debris up to the Deadwood junction. Expect logs on this trail. Avoid during high winds and heavy rains.
HCRH (US 30) - Waterfall Corridor Closed to Visitor Closed from Bridal Veil to Ainsworth until further notice due to post-fire hazards and unstable conditions. 
HCRH State Trail - Cascade Locks to John Yeon Open to Visitor Open from John B. Yeon State Park to Cascade Locks, OR.
HCRH State Trail - Lindsey Creek to Viento Open to Visitor
Herman Creek Campground/Horse Camp Closed to Visitor Closed indefinitely due to root rot creating hazard trees. No parking in campground. A vegetation management plan is being developed to address future plans for the site.
Herman Creek Trailhead Open to Visitor Watch for fire-weakened trees, rockslides, landslides, stumpholes along trail.
Horsetail Falls & Trail (#438) Closed to Visitor Closed until further notice due to Eagle Creek Fire
Klickitat Trail Open to Visitor Trail clear of logs. As of 10/26/2018 the Swale Canyon section of the trail is now reopened to the public for Fall, Winter and Spring use. (Swale Canyon is seasonally closed due to fire danger July-Oct.)
Klickitat Wild & Scenic River Open to Visitor Please bring life jackets for everyone on your boat. Follow all Washington fishing regulations.
Larch Mountain Closed to Visitor Closed to cars, bikes, and pedestrians from Milepost 6 up to the Larch Mountain day use area and trailhead at MP 14.5. The winter closure is being extended until summer 2019 due to post-fire hazards.
Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness: Columbia Gorge Closed to Visitor Closed due to post-fire hazards and unstable conditions.
Metlako Falls Spur Trail (#440A) Closed to Visitor Closed indefinitely due to landslide that destroyed the viewpoint.
Mount Defiance Trail (#413) Open to Visitor 10/19/2018: Expect poison oak along trail. Trail has not yet been cleared, expect rugged conditions. Respect closure signs and remain only on open trails.
Multnomah Falls Open to Visitor Lodge restaurant, gift shop, information center, lower viewing platform and trail to Benson Bridge open 9-5 daily. Only accessible via I-84 lot. Trails and upper viewing platform all remain closed until Eagle Creek Fire damage is repaired. Please remain in designated safe area; legal closure is in effect in surrounding areas to protect public safety.
Multnomah Falls Lodge Open to Visitor Lodge restaurant, gift shop, information center, lower viewing platform and trail to Benson Bridge open 9-5 daily. Only accessible via I-84 lot. Please remain in designated area for safety reasons.
Nesmith Point Trail (#428) Closed to Visitor Closed due to post-fire hazards and unstable conditions.
Nick Eaton Trail (#447) Open to Visitor 10/19/2018: Trail may be difficult to navigate beyond the junction with Gorton Creek trail. Avoid during high winds and heavy rains.
Oneonta Trailhead Closed to Visitor Closed due to post-fire hazards and unstable conditions.
Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (#2000) Open to Visitor PCT is open from Wahtum Lake to Bridge of the Gods on the Oregon side.Thanks to the hard work of PCTA volunteers, trail is clear of logs and debris from Moody Avenue south to Teakettle Springs. Please visit the Pacific Crest Trail website for updates.
Raptor Trail (#4421) Closed to Visitor Seasonally closed from February 1 to July 15 to protect nesting peregrine falcons, bald eagles, and other sensitive wildlife and natural resources.
River Front Trail (#4406) Open to Visitor Easy graded paved trail is fun for bikes, wagons, strollers. Great views of the eastern gorge.
Sams Walker Day Use Area & Trail (#4402) Open to Visitor Open
Sandy River Delta Open to Visitor Trails are open, dogs must be leashed on the Confluence Trail. Gates close at night and open at 6 AM. Please park only in designated spots, leaving trailer parking places available for trailers.
Skamania Lodge Information Center Open to Visitor Great stop for local Forest Service information.
St. Cloud Day Use Area & Trail (#4410) Open to Visitor Open
Starvation Ridge Trail (#414) Open to Visitor Expect poison oak along trail. Starvation Ridge Cut-off trail #1414B, managed by Oregon State Parks, is closed due to a washout on the trail. Starvation Ridge Trail 414 is still accessible via Mt. Defiance Trail #413.
Wahkeena Falls Closed to Visitor Closed due to post-fire hazards and unstable conditions.
White Salmon Wild & Scenic River Open to Visitor Husum Falls is a Class V waterfall requiring a lot of experience or a guide to pass, and hydraulics change each year.  Portage available at Huseum Boating Site. Wear Class III or V life jacket. 
Wyeth Campground Open to Visitor Open for the 2018 season until mid-October.


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