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About Memaloose State Park
Campgrounds in Memaloose
Camping at Memaloose provides the luxury of nearby Hood River and The Dalles, with the escape-from-civilization vibe of the rugged Columbia Gorge...
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We stopped at Memaloose while driving from Montana to Oregon. It's not exactly private, there are a lot of RVs, and it's kind of noisy, but it's a safe, comfy spot with nice amenities to rest your head for an evening while traveling on a road trip!
History of Memaloose State Park
The original park tract was 2.64 acres given to the state in 1925 by Roy D. and Bernice M. Chatfield. Situated on what was originally the old Columbia River Highway, the park was called Memaloose Island Overlook. With the reconstruction of the highway, additional private lands were purchased in 1952 and 1953. Land not needed for highway purposes was transferred to the Parks and Recreation Division. The park is named for a nearby island in the Columbia River which was a traditional Indian burial ground. In Chinook language, the word "memaloose" is associated with burial ritual. The most prominent feature on the island is a monument to Victor Trevitt, settler of The Dalles and friend of the Indians who died in 1883 and was buried on Memaloose Island in accordance with his wishes.