Columbia Hills

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 teepee

The teepee is a 14' diameter Plains Indian style teepee with astro-turf ground cover inside. The site includes a fire pit and picnic table. Designated parking is a few yards away. Pets are allowed in the teepee with a $15 (plus tax) pet fee per night.

Check-in time is 2:30 p.m., check-out time is 11 a.m.

Columbia Hills Teepee

Platform tents

There are two platform tents that are 10 feet by 12 feet with two zippered screened windows, wood floors with a 4-foot by 10-foot stoop/patio with an entry ramp, outside fire pit and picnic table. Each is furnished with a 36" diameter 125 year old log round table and four log stools. There are two single cots with mattresses and a small camp couch that folds down to a small double bed. The tents are set up to sleep four on provided sleeping accommodations and two more on the floor. Tents have a built-in DC light fixture. These are walk-in sites with wheel barrows available to help shuttle gear. Parking is about 50 yards away. Pets are allowed in both platform tents with a $15 (plus tax) pet fee per night.

Check-in time is 2:30 p.m., check-out time is 11 a.m.


The teepee can sleep up to six people.

The platform tents sleep up to six people.


The teepee is $40 plus tax per night.

The platform tents are $50 plus tax per night.

To make a reservation at this park, visit the reservation website. The platform tents and teepee are available May 15 through Sept. 15 each year.

Rental notice

  • Bed linens are not provided. Campers must bring their own linens and blankets.
  • Cooking is not allowed in platform tents, wall tents, teepees, lookouts or yurts. Cooking is allowed only in cabins with kitchenettes.
  • Pets are only permitted in designated pet-friendly overnight accommodations for an additional fee.
  • Smoking is not allowed inside.
  • Washington State Parks pass discounts do not apply to cabins, platform tents, teepees, vacation houses, yurts or other roofed overnight accommodations.

Reservations & cancellations

Unless otherwise noted above, reservations may be made online or by calling (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688. Reservations may be made nine months in advance of the arrival date. The rental fee and non-refundable reservation fee must be paid in full at the time a reservation is made. This holds the rental facility until 1 p.m. on the day after the first reserved night.

Cancellations may be made online or by calling (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688.

Other overnight accommodations

Check out other overnight accommodations available at Washington state parks.