Rufus Landing Recreation Area

Army Corps Of Engineers

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I-84
Rufus, OR 97050
541-506-7819
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GPS: 45.6932, -120.7553

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

5 people have reviewed this location.

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aearles

30 Airstream Flying Cloud 30FB
2015 RAM 2500 Power Wagon Laramie
30 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 13

aearles would stay here again

“I liked it”

Reviewed Oct 15, 2016

Overall Rating

Nice drycamping with vault toilets and dumpsters nearby... and not much else. The bulldog diner is really nice and their food was good.

As others have mentioned, it gets pretty windy, and the PNW October weather kept us inside almost the entire time.

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Jeneric Ramblings
FL
29 Holiday Rambler Traveler
2006 Jeep Liberty CRD
40 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 6

Jeneric Ramblings would stay here again

“Windy but pretty”

Reviewed Nov 05, 2015

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Although just down the road from Giles French Park, Rufus Landing seems a world away. There are several large gravel parking areas, and our nearest neighbor was 300' or more away. The river bank is a good spot for bird watching - lots of ducks, blue herons, and an osprey during our stay. We also enjoyed watching the windsurfers and boa... more

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Nathan @ Wand'rly

14 Volkswagen Bus, Champagne Edition, Riviera Campwagen
261 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1

Nathan @ Wand'rly would stay here again

“How to see a million stars...”

Reviewed Sep 20, 2015

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Or were they highway lights? Or red flashing lights by the hundred glowing out where only earlier that day windmills boastingly soared?

No, they were stars. And the Milky Way shone. And it was magnificent. Places like this make me believe in travel again.

Or whatever that means.

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Michael & Imkelina
Cambria, CA
25 Dynamax Isata 3 RW
26 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 2

Michael & Imkelina would stay here again

“A great place to fine tune the art of relaxing...”

Reviewed Aug 31, 2015

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Rufus Landing Recreational Area at the John Day Dam is well known among the RV community as a favorite FREE boondocking site. Located along Interstate 84 just off exit 109, it is an easy camping option for stays up to 14 days. Although Rufus is renowned for it’s wind and wind-surfing, during our 2 nights here we saw only boaters and ka... more

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4bars
Verizon 4G
4bars
Verizon 3G

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WheelingIt

40 Holiday Rambler Endeavor
2008 Honda CRV
31 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 2
Site Number: N/A
“WINDY, but pretty boondocking area”

Reviewed Jun 19, 2015

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Know this...Rufus is famous for it's wind-surfing which is because it gets consistent and very regular WINDS. Rufus landing is one of the key wind-surfing spots in the area, so not only should you expect wind, but you should expect consistent day-use activity from windsurfers who've come out to ride the water. Also you will get consist... more

4bars
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4bars
Verizon 4G

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Hookups:
  • dry camping
  • Dispersed Camping
Recreation:
  • fishing
  • water access
Site Amenities:
  • big rig
Facilities:
  • restrooms: vault
Pets:
  • pets

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