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Mayer State Park is located in northern Oregon, close to the Oregon - Washington border and the towns and cities of The Dalles, Hood River, and Rufus. The park sits in the Columbia River Gorge, a massive canyon of the Columbia River. The picturesque riverside location of Mayer State Park makes it one of the best places to escape the concrete jungle of the many Oregon and Washington cities. The park is a natural wonderland perfect for hiking, nature watching, and dog walking.
Easy access to the Columbia River means Mayer State Park is also ideal for both fishing and boating. This unfrequented Oregon state park is a fantastic place to set up camp with your RV rental. Accessing the park with a rental RV is also very simple as Interstate 84 transects the park in many places. Rent a camper near Mayer State Park and escape the chaos of modern city life. Search for an RV in Wasco County to start your very own Mayer State Park experience.
As Mayer State Park lies on the banks of the Columbia River, it is no wonder the park is a favorite of Oregon’s fishing community. Fishermen and women from all over the state will head to Columbia River in search of that next record-breaking fish. The river is home a wide range of freshwater fish species, and Mayer State Park campers can be first to the days catch. Species that can be found in the river include largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, walleye, salmon, and steelhead. Fishermen and women should be aware that due to high levels of mercury in the river eating your catch is not advised.
Boating from Mayer State Park is also a great way to spend your camping trip here. The park is home to a boat launching ramp, and this is perfect for accessing the river with an assortment of water-going vessels. Canoeing and kayaking are seen as the most popular forms of boating at Mayer State Park and are perfect for exploring the length and breadth of the Columbia River. Those motorhome camping without boats of their own can always head to Worldwide Fishing Adventures, just downriver from the park. Campers can rent all manner of boats here and enjoy them out on the water.
As well as the riverside delights of the Columbia River, Mayer State Park also offers campers the chance to explore the natural wonderland that is northern Oregon. Hikers can navigate there way through the rolling hills and forests that litter themselves bellow the gorge. The hiking trails here venture up high, providing fantastic views of the gorge and river below.
Although overnight camping directly within the state park itself is not permitted, there are numerous RV campgrounds to be found within a short drive of it. Bridge RV Park is only a short drive from Mayer State Park and is the ideal place to set up camp. Full 20, 30, 50 amp electrical, water, and sewage hookups are provided to RV campers. Facilities include a dump station, laundry service, cable TV, and free WiFi. There are also many pull-through sites at Bridge RV Park, meaning all sizes of rigs are welcome here. Pets are also welcome on site but must be kept on a leash at all times.
Columbia Hills RV Village is also a great place to set up base camp when exploring Mayer State Park. Full hookups are also provided here, as well as a dump station, flushing toilets, and picnic tables.
Those camping in Wasco County with children may wish to visit the Wonderworks Children Museum in The Dalles. This museum is home to an array of interactive exhibits showcasing a wide range of subjects. These exhibits allow children to learn as they play, allowing them to educate themselves and entertain themselves at the same time. The museum also offers classes to visitors, so make sure you call ahead and see what is scheduled for the week you are visiting Wonderworks Children Museum.
Mayer State Park is only an hour’s drive east from one of the largest cities in Oregon, Portland. Portland is home to a wide range of sight-seeing and day-tripping opportunities. The Pittock Mansion is a must-see site for lovers of both history and architecture. The mansion was built in 1914 and is crafted in the French renaissance style of architecture. Visitors can view an elaborate selection of rooms, staircases, and artwork throughout the house. Visitors will find that Pittock Mansion is a real step back in time.
A visit to Oak Amusement Park is the perfect day out for the entire family. The park was first constructed in 1905 and is home to a myriad of attractions and rides. These attractions include many vintage rides, such as a carousel constructed in 1912. Modern rides include the Big Pink, a giant colored slide, and Zoom Coaster, a children’s rollercoaster. Both adults and children will have a family fun day out, one that is full of excitement and laughs.