Subi & The 5

Maryhill State Park – Maryhill, Washington

The final countdown!

We have stayed here before and find it to be a great go-to campground when other campgrounds in the area are either full or closed for the season. Many parks in the area don’t open until Mid March or End of March but Maryhill is open year round. We call it our Safe Haven as we are always needing a place along I-84.

Maryhill State Park sits along the Columbia River directly across the bridge from I-84 in Oregon. Some great waterfront pull-thru sites are available where you can sit and watch the tug boats and barges and fishermen navigate the Columbia River.  The campground has approximately 50 sites with power and water that are almost all big rig accessible. The roads are wide and the sites are flat. Easy schmeezy!

We have had terrific weather, for the most part, the entire winter. We encountered lots of rain a few days before Superbowl Sunday in Phoenix but that has been the worst weather over the winter.  We arrived in Maryhill and it was a bit overcast. No rain but the sky was not that brilliant beautiful blue. Oh well, we’ll take it. We are used to snow, rain, ice, sleet on our travels north in the spring.

 

There are lots of squirrels who provide entertainment in the trees along with some birds. Oh yeah, watch out for the geese and their droppings. Norm did a full sweep of our campsite when we arrived and cleaned up quite a bit.

 

Campground: Maryhill State Park
Location: Maryhill, Washington
Site: 31 (pull-thru)
Cost: $27
Services: W/E (50 AMP) (Water not available during winter season)
Comments: A long, level, easy to get into and out of campground.  Just be careful of goose droppings in the grass area. Probably not a place to take kids to have them running around in the grass. But terrific water views and lots of picnic area space.

 

Not only is there a local winery by the state park but there is also a full-scale partial replica of Stonehenge just a mile from the campground. The Maryhill Art Museum is close by which was a castle built by Sam Hill for his daughter Mary and then turned into an art museum!

It is with a tremendous amount of mixed emotions that we head towards home. We love RVing and we love being home. We are looking forward to a wonderful summer full of boating, bike riding, swimming, entertaining (family/friends), motorcycle trips, and of course, some more RV traveling.  The sun has risen so it is time to hit the road and head home! Time to launch the boat!

2 comments

  1. This review comes just in time. We’ve got a few days on I-84 end of June and we’ve never stayed on the WA side. This looks like just the ticket.

    Nina

    1. Hi Nina! Yep, we love the Columbia River area. Our favorite park to stay at in that area is LePage due to waterfront sites and low price (half price with interagency pass) but you either need to get their early or make a reservation and it isn’t open in the winter. Maryhill is easy-in and easy-out, lots of level, long sites, but it is expensive and with the new color coding (Blue FP and Green FB and ???) for site prices it took me a long time to figure out the cost (duh…). I can’t believe I didn’t take a picture of their self-registration board sign showing the colors and mnemonics with no explanation of what they stood for and no explanation of peak season, shoulder, or standard but I was so dumbfounded my brain just went numb. Being the clever person that I am I stood there for about 15 minutes trying to figure out how much for one night. Again, duh……I felt like a complete idiot. Their website is much better at explaining it but it leaves out the all important color coding and what the 2 character mnemonics stand for. I did figure it out eventually! Enjoy, have fun but watch out for the goose droppings!! http://www.parks.wa.gov/DocumentCenter/View/5270

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