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Columbia Hills State Park

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Features

  1. ADA campsites
  2. ADA restrooms
  3. Bald eagle viewing
  4. Beach - rocky
  5. Biking
  6. Bird watching
  7. Boat ramp
  8. Boating (freshwater)
  9. Camping - 1st come, 1st serve
  10. Camping - any type
  11. Camping - primitive, hiker/biker
  12. Camping - reservable
  13. Camping - RV
  14. Canoeing
  15. Dining area
  16. Fire pit
  17. Fishing
  18. Grill
  19. Hiking
  20. Historical sites
  21. Horseshoe pits
  22. Interpretive opportunities
  23. Kayaking
  24. Mountain biking
  25. Parking
  26. Picnic areas
  27. Restrooms
  28. Rock climbing
  29. Showers
  30. Swimming
  31. Tables
  32. Trailer dump
  33. Trails - biking
  34. Trails - hiking
  35. Water - drinkable
  36. Waterfall
  37. Wildlife viewing
  38. Wood

Environmental Features


The Butte and the surrounding Columbia River channel were carved out of basalt rock by floods following the last ice age. For information on the floods, visit Sun Lakes State Park and the Dry Falls Interpretive Center.

The basalt rock resulted from a series of lava flows which emerged from cracks in the earth's crust and blanketed the entire eastern Washington/Oregon region long before the coming of ice-age floods.

When viewing the cliffs along the river, notice the stratigraphy highlighted by benches rising up the cliffs. Each of these benches, or layers, represents a different lava flow. Some lava flows were hundreds of feet thick in places.

The park contains Native American pictographs (paintings) and petroglyphs (carvings). Some of the oldest pictographs in the Northwest are found in this park. Artifacts associated with local tribes can be seen at the nearby Maryhill Museum of Art and the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center.

Archeological sites and artifacts are protected by both federal and state laws, and their disturbance and/or removal is illegal and carries severe penalties.

Plant Life

  • Lupines
  • Maple
  • Moss / Lichens
  • Oak
  • Poison Oak
  • Ponderosa Pine
  • Poplar
  • Thistle

Wildlife Features


Birds


  • Chukars
  • Crows / Ravens
  • Doves / Pigeons
  • Ducks
  • Eagles
  • Geese
  • Gulls
  • Hawks
  • Herons
  • Hummingbirds
  • Jays
  • Ospreys
  • Owls
  • Pheasants
  • Quail
  • Woodpeckers
  • Wrens

Mammals


  • Bobcats
  • Coyotes
  • Deer
  • Elk
  • Foxes
  • Marmots
  • Raccoons
  • Skunks

Marine Life


  • Bass
  • Catfish
  • Crappie
  • Perch
  • Trout
  • Walleye
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