The Columbia River is the largest river in the Pacific Northwest, flowing 1,243 miles from the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia, through Washington and then emptying into the sea in Oregon. Along the way it offers some truly spectacular scenery, and you'll see some of the best of this natural beauty in Memaloose State Park.
Located in Mosier, Oregon, this 441-acre park gets its name from a nearby island in the river, which was a traditional Indian burial ground - "memaloose" is associated with burial ritual in Chinook language.
Offering beautiful views of the Columbia River Gorge, Memaloose State Park is the paw-fect place to relax and get back to nature. Towering maples, willows and cottonwood are dotted throughout the park, and the peaceful riverside location draws visitors from far and wide.
There's also plenty of shade to ensure that you can always stay cool, even on those hot, summer days. And when night falls, you can enjoy gazing up at the spectacular night sky.
Unfortunately, there's no safe or legal river access in the park, so anyone hoping to get out on the water will need to look elsewhere. But if you're looking for a place to just sit back and watch the world go by, you'll feel right at home.
So will your canine companion, who is more than welcome to join you during your stay. Pets are permitted in the park's campground, which boasts 43 full-hookup sites and 66 tent sites with water nearby. However, when camping with your pooch, make sure you abide by all park rules and regulations. These include ensuring that your pet remains leashed at all times and that you always clean up after your pet whenever necessary.
If you respect the rights of other campers, you're invited to enjoy a wonderful, pet-friendly camping getaway in this beautiful Oregon state park.