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 Columbia River Gorge. Temperatures can be warm on a summer day, but Memaloose always manages to provide cool comfort and shade thanks to the tall maples, willows and cottonwood that loom large in the park. Explore the nearby Historic Columbia River Highway State Trai.
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.
Please be aware that there is no safe or legal river access at Memaloose
- 43 full-hookup sites
- 66 tent sites with water nearby
- Flush toilets and hot showers
- RV dump station
Please secure your valuable when enjoying parks.
Know Before You Go
- Park is located next to an active rail line— trains can be heard at all hours.
- No safe or legal access to the Columbia River. Visit nearby Mayer State Park for river access.
- Dogs are allowed but must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet at all times.