Viento State Park RV & Campground Guide

Oregon

Located near Wyeth, Viento State Park is a park in Oregon near the Hood River along the southern bank of the Columbia River. One of a few parks in the Columbia River Gorge, Viento State Park has existed in some form as early as 1925 and has grown as new land was acquired. This makes it a fairly expansive park with a rich history to explore during your visit. Temperatures throughout the year tend to be fairly mild, though it can get a bit chilly during late winter and early spring. If that's not an issue for you, though, you're sure to love the scenic views and many things to explore when you're here.

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Weather
Spring 43-62.3 F
Summer 54.6-79.3 F
Fall 45.6-65 F
Winter 36.3-48 F
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Nearby Cities
Wyeth, OR
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Viento State Park

Renting an RV is the ideal way to visit Viento State Park. Comfort and convenience all at an affordable price add up to a fun vacation. If you're RVing in the area, check out these RV campgrounds when it's time to find a place to stay overnight.

Viento State Park Campgrounds

Viento State Park has 56 RV campgrounds that visitors can reserve for overnight stays. All of these sites come with electrical and water hookups and cost $24 per night to camp. Campers have access to all the great features of the park as well as various amenities ranging from hot showers and restrooms to playgrounds and more. Pets are also welcome here if they're kept on a leash.

Dufur City Park Campground

The Dufur City Park Campground is an area that's primarily reserved for RV and tent camping. One of the main advantages of this spot is its closeness to other attractions like museums and restaurants in Dufur. RV spots cost $35 per night and include full hookups as part of the price. Additionally, the park offers campers plenty of perks for staying there, including free Wi-Fi, sports fields, horseshoe pits, playgrounds, and a pool in the summer. Pets are also welcome to join in on the fun.

Port of Cascade Locks Marine Park

The Port of Cascade Locks Marine Park is a series of 15 campsites located along the Columbia River. Spots with water and electric hookups (11 of them) cost $35 per night to rent while spots without (the remaining four) only cost $25 per night. Regardless of which type you gravitate toward, you'll have access to a number of features like showers, restrooms, free Wi-Fi, proximity to the local Historical Museum and more. The park's dump station is free to use for campers, too. Pets are also welcome to stay here if kept on a leash.

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What to Do at
Viento State Park

Inside Viento State Park

Viento State Park has a great deal to offer campers. Hiking trails are a major feature of the park, with several that travel outside the bounds of the park itself into the gorge, making for some truly captivating sights on your walk. Many campers enjoy activities like fishing and wind surfing within the Columbia River. You can also make the journey to the waterfall at Starvation Creek State Park by trekking down the Historic Columbia River Highway.

Outside Viento State Park

You'll find no shortage of fun outside of Viento State Park. If you're looking for something to do while you're in the area, check out some of these fantastic restaurants, shops and places of interest around the park.

Restaurants

China Gorge Restaurant

China Gorge Restaurant is a Chinese eatery with a beautiful view of the Columbia River Gorge. If you're a fan of authentic Asian cuisine made with fresh ingredients, this is definitely the place for you. All your favorites are here on a menu filled with amazing foods like pot stickers, hot & sour soup, orange chicken, sweet & sour pork, sesame beef, shrimp lo mein and so much more.

Type: Chinese

Location: 2680 Old Columbia River Dr, Hood River, OR 97031

Broder Øst

Broder Øst is a great Swedish restaurant serving up plenty of amazing Scandinavian dishes. Known for their baked egg skillets consisting of eggs baked in the shape of a square and including various toppings or fillings, it's a unique dining experience that you typically can't find in other areas of the country. Stop by to try some truly delicious menu items that range from lamb and beef burgers to Swedish meatballs and gravlax. There's also a terrific selection of champagne cocktails.

Type: Swedish

Location: 102 Oak St, Suite 100, Hood River, OR 97031

Hood River Taqueria

Hood River Taqueria offers a fantastic taste of Mexican cuisine far north of the border. Their varied menu is filled to the brim with fantastic dishes of all kinds, so you'll never leave hungry. Using fresh and homemade ingredients, even standard items like tacos, fajitas, and carne asada offer unforgettable flavor.

Type: Mexican

Location: 1210 13th St, Hood River, OR 97031

Shopping

G. Williker's Toy Shoppe

G. Williker's Toy Shoppe is a large toy shop and bookstore that seems to have leaped out of the pages of an old department store catalog. With a vintage feel to the layout and the items for sale—both popular brands as well as some obscure items—customers tend to lose entire afternoons just browsing what's on the shelves. It's great for people of all ages, so even adults can come by to reconnect with their inner child.

Location: 202 Oak Street, Hood River, OR 97031

Lavender Valley

Lavender Valley is a local farm known for its gorgeous scenery and fantastic gifts. It specializes in growing and producing its own lavender-based products, and you can stop by to admire the view, take some pictures and grab a few souvenirs before you head off. Essential oils, hand sanitizer, lip balm, and body oil are some of their most popular products, each coming with the farm's signature lavender color and scent.

Location: 5965 Boneboro Road, Hood River, OR 97031

Waucoma Bookstore

The Waucoma Bookstore is an independent bookstore on Oak Street specializing in materials native to the Pacific Northwest. This includes not just books but also things like maps, greeting cards, games, toys, and much more. Signed copies of books from local authors are among the available items. With its focus on a cozy atmosphere and a love of all things printed, you'll definitely be able to find something nice to read before you head out the door.

Location: 212 Oak St, Hood River, OR 97031

Sightseeing

Lorang Studios

Lorang Studios is a mixed-media art studio featuring the creations of Brad and Debora Lorang. With its emphasis on metalwork, stop by to see some marvelous examples of great local art that you likely can't get elsewhere. Certain pieces may be on sale in addition to the various things available in the gift shop, making it a great place to pick up some souvenirs for the end of your trip.

Location: 360 Wanapa Street, Cascade Locks, OR 97014

Bonneville Hatchery

The Bonneville Hatchery is a commercial fish hatchery responsible for the farming of sturgeon. The real attraction, however, is the Sturgeon Viewing and Interpretive Center. It's home to Herman the Sturgeon, the oldest fish in Oregon and former state fair darling, and guests can come to see the legend in all his glory and feed him and other fish while they're there.

Location: 70543 NE Herman Loop, Cascade Locks, OR 97014

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How to Get to
Viento State Park

To get to Viento State Park, you'll want to start from nearby Wyeth as it is the closest town. These directions can apply to most cities and towns in the area, though, since they all essentially follow the same route but with a longer driving time. Starting from Wyeth, take the ramp onto I-84 East and follow it for about 5 miles. When you see Exit 56 coming up on the right, head off there. A short distance later, you'll see the park come up on the right.

Entering Viento State Park

The entrance to Viento State Park will be on the right, with signage and the entrance gate indicating that you're in the right place. Entering the park costs $5 at the gate. Day-use hours for the park go from sunup to sundown.

Per vehicle : $5

RVshare is a proponent of all things outdoors, especially when it involves RVs. If your sensibilities tend to guide you toward adventure and scenery, you're sure to enjoy your trip to Viento State Park. With so much fun available in and around the park, remember to take plenty of pictures to keep those memories alive for years to come. You could even tag RVshare on social media or email your pictures to [email protected] If you do, they may end up featured in a blog post about the area.