with the shadowy oversight of the
WetLeather Secret Cabal,
and the able assistance of Pete Moss, has volunteered to BOSS
the 17th GPNDG at Maryhill State Park, WA
Photos from the 2008 event:
Maryhill State Park is a 99-acre camping park with 4,700 feet of
waterfront on the Columbia River in Klickitat County. The area is significant
for its natural beauty, its access to the surrounding natural wonders and its
cultural history. A full-scale model of Stonehenge stands near the park.
Maryhill State Park was acquired by lease from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in
1972 at no cost. Sam Hill, considered a local eccentric, built a "castle" for his
daughter, Mary, on a hill, and named it "Maryhill." He designated the beautiful
building, originally designed as a family home, as an art museum before the end of
its construction. Mr. Hill built a full-scale partial replica of England's famous
Stonehenge one mile from the state park. [Unfortunately, when Sam Hill copied
Stonehenge he didn't get it oriented like the original, with respect to the compass].
Both Stonehenge and the Maryhill Museum of Art are open to the public.
Excellent paved motorcycling roads abound in this area, including Rock Canyon on
the Bickleton-Mabton road, WA 142 along the Klikitat River, the backroads up through
Glenwood, Trout Lake and on up to Mt. St. Helens.
On the Oregon side of the river are the network of
roads bounded by Mt. Hood on the east, Redmond and John Day on the south, La Grande
on the east, and the Columbia River on the north. Hardly a bad road among the bunch,
and some truly memorable stretches in there with excellent 'character' and great
scenery. Bring your camera, and watch your speed — Oregon has stupid-low speed
limits on rural roads...
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The MAIN SHELTER
where we will prepare and serve the meals:
- Approx. 30x50ft post & beam.
- Glass on southwest, otherwise open half-walled.
- Close-by large concrete fire-ring with some seating.
- 8ea 8ft aluminum nice picnic tables. NOT chained down.
- NE wall has ~8ft butcherblock countertop with sink.
- Cold water only, must hold to keep on. Good drain.
- Center island 3x8ft butcherblock counter. AC outlets both sides.
- No water at center island.
- 10 overhead outdoor lights on beams with breaker-box in corner.
- No AC outlets at breaker box - light control only.
- Big Rubbermaid trash cans under the central island
- This shelter is almost as good as Crescent lake, better in some ways.
The GROUP CAMP
- The area where the words "Group
Camp" are printed is dry scrub waste.
- The Group Camp is both sides of the sidewalk shown between the shelter
- That sidewalk is about 100yds long. It's not a small place.
- The two gray areas with white circles are parking lots for Group.
- I'll refer to them as the North lot and the West lot
- The numbered sites to the east of the bathhouse are tent camping
- Group camp area wraps around north side of tent camping area
- Tent campers share the bathhouse with Group camp
- Multiple water and AC (with RV 30A service) along edge of each parking lot
- Water at each end of central sidewalk, near shelter and bathhouse
- No power or water around outside periphery of parking lots, only on the
central camp area side.
- The main camp area both sides of the central sidewalk has no trees
- A line of small trees trees parallel to each parking lot, about 20 feet in
- A line of poplars runs N-S about halfway between site 51 and the North lot
- A line of poplars, with gaps, runs parallel to the river down by site 55
- 2 trash dumpsters in north lot. Empty space for 2 more at West lot.
The BATHHOUSE AT GROUP CAMP
(shared with tent campers)
- Men: 1 sink, 2 urinals, 1 stall (ADA), 2 showers (1 ADA), 1 AC outlet.
- Women: 1 stalls (1 ADA), 2 showers (1 ADA), 2 sinks, 2 AC outlets.
- Propane tank adjacent indicates hot water.
- Showers are coin-operated, quarters only, $0.50 for 6 minutes.
- No paper towels or wastebaskets - air blower hand dryers.
- There is another bathhouse in center of RV area. Similar specs.
The BATHHOUSE AT SWIM BEACH
- Men: 3 sinks, 3 stalls, 2 urinals, 2 shower stalls, large changing area.
- Women: 5 stalls, 3 sinks, 2 showers, 8 changing booths.
- The digram shows less than one-half of the total E-W extent of the park.
- The rest is a very, very nice, green, shady day-use area and swimming.
beach with shelter, bathhouse, etc. adjacent east of the RV camping area,
AND THEN to the east of that even more day-use area for fishermen with
boat launch, another shelter, picnic tables, lots of shade.
- When we were there, it was not windy. Sunny and slightly cool.
- 259.1 miles from our house in Spokane. GPS altitude at river: 150ft.
- No gas 82 miles eastbound on WA 14.
- We noted many bees (honeybees?) in the shelter area.
- Boating (freshwater)
- 2 boat ramps (freshwater)
- 216 feet of dock (freshwater)
- Fishing (freshwater)
- Personal Watercraft (freshwater)
- Swimming (freshwater)
- Water Skiing (freshwater)
- Bird Watching
- 4 Horseshoe pits
- Wildlife Viewing
| Area Manager
| Klickitat County Sheriff
||911 for emergency
| Washington State Patrol
||911 for emergency
| Klickitat Valley Hospital
| Medic 1 or Ambluance
| Forest Fire Reporing
(Dept. of Natural Resources)