Columbia Hills State Park is a 3,338-acre camping park with 7,500-feet of freshwater shoreline on the Columbia River. Horsethief Butte dominates the skyline. It stands over the lake like an ancient castle. The lake itself is about 90-acres in size and is actually an impoundment of the Columbia River. The lake was flooded into existence by the reservoir created by The Dalles Dam. Lupine and balsam root bloom in mid-April making spectacular fields of purple and gold. Rock climbing is possible in this park.
Columbia Hills State Park is located at milepost 85 off Washington State Road #4.
PICNIC & DAY-USE FACILITIES:
There are 35 unsheltered picnic tables located around the day-use area. Nine braziers are available. Facilities are first come, first served.
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Other Activities & Features
Horsethief Lake section of the Columbia Hills State Park is National Historic Site. Guided tours of the pictographs and petroglyphs 10 a.m. on Fridays - Saturdays, April through October. Reservations are required. To make a reservation, call the park office at 509-767-1159. Please leave a detailed message with your party size, the dates you have in mind, and your name, and phone number. If a ranger does not return your call, call the office again. Do not come for a tour without verbally confirming with a ranger that your reservation has been made. It is advisable to reserve at least two or three weeks in advance, as tours are limited to 25 people and fill up fast.
This information courtesy of the Washington State Parks Department. See their Lake Celilo webpage at the link above for additional information.
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