Giles French Park

Army Corps Of Engineers

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John Day Dam Rd.
Rufus, OR 97050
541-506-4807
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GPS: 45.71, -120.6953

Last Price Paid: $0
Pad Type: mixed
Max Stay: 14
Tent Camping: Yes

Accessibility is not guaranteed, always scout ahead before driving down dirt roads.
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5 people have reviewed this location.

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4bars
Verizon 4G/LTE
3bars
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5 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1

padlocked17 would stay here again

“Perfect getaway from the crowds”

Reviewed Sep 29, 2018

Overall Rating

This proved to be an excellent boondocking site. The Park seems to stretch over about 2 miles starting as you pass under the overpass. It was clear there were a few “long term” residents but it was only 3-4 from what we saw. The drive down the length of the park is pavement, with plenty of “private” pull offs that would fit 1-3 RVs. Th... more

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2bars
AT&T 4G/LTE

This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com


1 review
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 7

VannaCruz would stay here again

“Peaceful but not quiet”

Reviewed Oct 13, 2017

Overall Rating

I stayed here recently (Fall '17) for a week. Closer to the dam, there seem to be fewer campers and (bonus) there are flush-toilet facilities. The main road is paved and frequently used by dam employees. Tribal fishing platforms and camping equipment dot the river but were not used much during my time there. It feels secluded enough, y... more

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Korey and Janet
Tualatin, OR
30 Grand Design Imagine 2950
2017 Dodge RAM
3 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1

Korey and Janet would stay here again

“Right on the river, views of the dam, little windy.”

Reviewed Aug 05, 2017

Overall Rating

This park seems to be a couple miles along the river with several places to camp. When you first enter the park the first paved area is full of unsightly campers and a crowd we didn’t care to camp near. We pushed on and found a spot a mile or so closer to the dam, a little gravel pull out with two spots. We setup about 20 feet f... more

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4bars
Verizon 4G/LTE

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Anthony Sherman
Kennebunk, ME
17 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1

Anthony Sherman would stay here again

“Right on the Columbia”

Reviewed May 30, 2016

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I stayed here just for an overnight, and though it was thrilling. Yeah its a parking lot, but I was under trees, and twenty feet from the river. This park is below the John Day dam and the river is very active here. The "residents" are mostly native americans who are allowed to fish the banks with drift nets from platforms on the ba... more

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3bars
AT&T 4G/LTE

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Jeneric Ramblings
FL
29 Holiday Rambler Traveler
2006 Jeep Liberty CRD
43 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1
“Not the nicest ACOE we've seen”

Reviewed Nov 05, 2015

Overall Rating

We've stayed in some gorgeous ACOE campgrounds with full amenities: Giles French is not one of those. This is basic parking lot camping, but nicer than WalMart due to the views of the Columbia River and that it has plenty of room to spread out. If you just need a spot to overnight, access from I84 is quick and easy. On the night of our... more

Access
Location
Cleanliness
Site Quality
Noise
4bars
AT&T 4G/LTE
3bars
Verizon 4G/LTE

This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com


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Hookups:
  • dry camping
Recreation:
  • boat ramp
  • fishing
  • picnic area
  • recreation trail
  • water access
Facilities:
  • restrooms: flush
  • showers
  • trash
Pets:
  • pets

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