2011-12 RV Journey, Day 1: Maryhill State Park on the mighty Columbia River


MaryhillStatePark_RVsite_JulianneGCraneIt was mid-morning yesterday before we eased our way on to I-90 outside of Spokane’s city limits. We traveled west along I-90 to U.S. 395, then south through the Tri-Cities.

When we made the turn west on Washington State Route 14, monster head winds up the Columbia River cut our MPG from about 13 to 7.3.

We pulled into to our destination, the Maryhill (Washington) State Park, near 4:30 p.m. This year-round, extremely popular 99-acre RV and tent campground has 4,700 feet of waterfront on the magnificent Columbia River in Klickitat County off Hwy. 97 between SR 14 and (Exit 104) Interstate 84 in Oregon. Off season rates for partial hookups (no water in winter) are $27 (cash or check). About half of the 50 RV sites were occupied.

Fuel is available across the Columbia River in Biggs, Ore. At the Circle K, Pilot and Shell stations.

Photo: Site #2 in Maryhill State Park. (Julianne G Crane)

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  • Julianne, Hope all is going well and that you and Jimmy are having some fun. I enjoyed the article written about Delaware and your visit to us. Made some pear pies from an abundance of pears off of my tree. Also, made numerous jars of pear jam. You will have to ask Linda how she likes it. A co-worker in my past life (she is now a psychologist) was looking for an apple pie recipe and your November 4, 2010 article caught her eye and there I was with an apple pie in my hand! She has since contacted me. Keep up the great writing and give my regards to Jimmy. Hope you both have a great Thanksgiving and Happy Holidays! Tony

  • Mike:
    You should be okay … just try to get here by mid-afternoon.
    There are 50 RV sites. Almost all of the pull-through sites were taken last night … majority of back-in sites were open.
    It’s a lovely campground.
    Best on your journey.

  • This post caught my eye since we are planning on stopping at Maryhill State Park tomorrow as we start our trip back home to Iowa after spending the summer in Washington/Oregon.

    Hope they have space Friday since they don’t take reservations this time of year.

    Have a good trip.

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