Eagle Creek Overlook Grp Site

Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

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Overview

Eagle Creek Overlook Group Site is set on a forested bluff above the Columbia River, providing an ideal setting for family gatherings and group events.

Developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s as a place to view construction of the Bonneville Dam, this site features CCC masonry and offers expansive views of the Columbia River and mountains rising from the gorge.

Recreation

The Eagle Recreation Area, just a short walk or bike ride away, provides visitors with opportunities for picnicking, hiking and wildlife viewing.



Bonneville Dam, about a mile west of the campground, features sturgeon ponds, fish viewing and a visitor's center. Visitors will find display ponds showcasing large rainbow trout and adult white sturgeon measuring more than ten feet long. Interpretive displays offer visitors insight into the history and construction of the dam and its impact on the surrounding areas.



The Eagle Creek Trail* is the most popular trail in the Columbia Gorge, offering spectacular viewpoints and waterfalls. The relatively easy trail follows Eagle Creek through the forest and along paths carved into basalt cliffs. Notable stopping points include Punch Bowl Falls, where water spills 100 feet into a blue-green pool set in a large grotto, High Bridge, which traverses the gorge 150 feet above the creek and Tunnel Falls, where the trail passes through a tunnel behind the shower of falling water. This trail is part of a multi-day loop opportunity which continues into the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness in the Mt. Hood National Forest.  

*Please check the CRGNSA website (https://www.fs.usda.gov/crgnsa) for the latest trail information.

Facilities

The Eagle Creek Overlook Group Site holds up to 90 people and approximately 40 cars, including trailers. There is a train trestle with under-clearance of 11' 6".

The site is equipped with a large covered picnic shelter, picnic tables, campfire rings, drinking water and newly remodeled accessible flush toilets.

A path from the site down the bluff provides access to the Columbia River.

Natural Features

Spanning southern Washington and northern Oregon, from the mouths of Sandy River to the Deschutes River, the Columbia River Gorge is unique in both its natural and cultural history, as well as its designation as a National Scenic Area. It is a spectacular river canyon, 80 miles long and up to 4,000 feet deep, cutting the only sea level route through the Cascade Mountain Range.

Nearby Attractions

A portion of the historic Columbia River Highway has been converted to a bike path. Access is just a few minutes from the Overlook and the trail runs 2 miles east to Cascade Locks and 4 miles west to John Yeon State Park.



Visitors may want to traverse at least a portion of the spectacular Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), one of the world's premier National Scenic Trails. This trail showcases some of North America's most fantastic scenery, winding its way its way from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon and Washington.

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Campground Matrix

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Nearby Campgrounds Distance Notification Rate
Eagle Creek Campground
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
0.2mi
Wyeth Campground
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
8.3mi
Lost Lake Resort And Campground
Mt. Hood National Forest
11.8mi
Panther Creek Campground
Gifford Pinchot National Forest
12.5mi
Beaver Campground
Gifford Pinchot National Forest
14.9mi
Govt Mineral Springs Guard Sta
Gifford Pinchot National Forest
16.8mi
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