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Lands for the park were purchased from private owners between 1937 and 1985 to provide public river access and protection of the Columbia River Gorge. However, development as a park was not possible until the new highway was built at water grade in the 1950s. The park is a Registered Natural Heritage site. Rooster Rock is situated at the west end of the park. It is said to be the rock mentioned by Lewis and Clark as the camping place for members of their exploring expedition on Nov. 2, 1805.
Annual day-use attendance: 636,268
Rooster Rock State Park FAQ
Yes but by design, the clothing optional beach area is completely separate and not visible from the clothing-required area of the large park. The two areas coexist in harmony.
According to a 2012 survey of park visitors:
92% of our customers describe being "very satisfied" or "satisfied" with their overall experience at Rooster Rock State Park.
94% of our customers reported that they were either "very likely" or "likely" to return to Rooster Rock State Park in the future.
One customer commented, "This is a lovely picnic/day park, unbelievable scenery of the river. Doesn't seem to be overcrowded/has well planned capacity. Thanks.
To pay day use fee, you can use cash or check at the office or booth, but please be aware that if the booth or office are closed our Fee Machine takes credit cards ONLY.
Reservations may be made 1 day to 9 months ahead of time. The picnic shelters and group picnic areas at Rooster Rock State Park is reservable through online reservations (available 365 days a year, opening at midnight every day) or by calling (800) 452-5687 (Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service 800-735-2900 for the hearing impaired), Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
All shelters/group picnic areas have a BBQ and picnic tables. Picnic shelters A, C & C have a covered gazebo area and water and outlets for electrical. Picnic areas D & E have no water or electrical hook ups.
Rooster Rock is a day use park only. But there is camping availble 10 miles east at Ainsworth State Park (exit 35)
No camping on Sand Island is allowed. There is camping available at Ainsworth State Park (east of Rooster Rock) or at Government Island (west of Rooster Rock- accessible by boat only)
UAS IN STATE PARKS IN THE COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE
UAS shall be limited and/or prohibited in Oregon State Parks in the Columbia River Gorge by reason of the following:
1. Interfere with other, established forms of recreation.
2. Endanger a natural or cultural resource. (This includes disturbance of sensitive wildlife.)
3. Pose a risk to people or property.
ALLOWED PROPERTIES when following UAS GUIDELINES
Visitors following these UAS Guidelines are allowed to fly UAS in the following Oregon State Park properties in the Columbia River Gorge:
• George W. Joseph State Natural Area
• Dalton Point State Recreation Site
• Mitchell Point (Wygant State Natural Area, Vinzenz Lausman Memorial State Natural Area, Seneca Fouts Memorial State Natural Area)
• Mayer State Park (East, West, and Middle)
• Post Canyon (Wygant State Natural Area, Vinzenz Lausman Memorial State Natural Area, Seneca Fouts Memorial State Natural Area)
UAS are allowed seasonally, between October 1 and May 31, in the following Oregon State Park properties:
• Dabney State Recreation Area
• Rooster Rock State Park (ALLOWED ONLY WEST of the main office restroom)
• Benson State Recreation Area
UAS are prohibited in the following Oregon State Park properties in the Columbia River Gorge:
• Rocky Butte State Scenic Corridor
• Lewis and Clark State Recreation Site
• Portland Women's Forum State Scenic Viewpoint
• Crown Point State Scenic Corridor
• Rooster Rock State Park (PROHIBITED EAST of the main office restroom, allowed seasonally WEST)
• Lower Latourell Falls (Guy W. Talbot State Park)
• Shepperd's Dell State Natural Area
• Bridal Veil Falls State Scenic Viewpoint
• Angel's Rest Trailhead
• Ainsworth State Park
• Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail (Including: John B. Yeon State Scenic Corridor, Bonneville State Scenic Corridor, Toothrock Trailhead, Bridge of the Gods Trailhead, Hatfield West Trailhead, and Hatfield East Trailhead)
• Wyeth State Recreation Area (Undeveloped)
• Starvation Creek State Park
• Viento State Park
• Koberg Beach State Recreation Site
• Memaloose State Park
• Memaloose Overlook
• Rowena Crest
UAS are prohibited between June 1 and September 30 in the following properties:
• Dabney State Recreation Area
• Rooster Rock State Park (All areas)
• Benson State Recreation Area
SPECIAL USE PERMITS
UAS may be authorized in “Prohibited” Oregon State Park properties under agreed upon conditions, with a valid Special Use Permit signed by the park manager. 14 days of notice are required. Special Use Permits may be considered for reasons such as scientific research, natural or cultural resource mapping, search and rescue, marketing, facility inspections, and/or similar activities.
SPECIAL USE PERMITS FOR FLYING UAS
Request permits at the following locations:
Rooster Rock State Park Office, 503-695-2261
Viento State Park Office, 541-374-8811
Once permitted, please follow the “Columbia River Gorge Oregon State Parks: UAS Guidelines” stated below and carry your Special Use Permit on you when flying your drone in parks.
COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE OREGON STATE PARKS: UAS GUIDELINES
Know Where to Fly
• UAS may only be flown in areas and during dates listed as “Allowed” in the “UAS in Oregon State Parks, Columbia River Gorge: Park Listing and Guidelines” and with a signed Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Guidelines.
• UAS must be flown away from any structures, trees, or overhead obstacles.
• Flying must comply with all FAA regulations and guidance. http://www.faa.gov/uas/
Protecting Wildlife and the Environment
• Do not fly over or near wildlife. Intentionally disturbing animals during breeding, nesting, rearing, or other critical life functions is not allowed.
Fly Safely, Stay in Control
• Keep your UAS in your sight at all times.
• Keep your UAS away from populated and noise-sensitive areas such as campgrounds, trailheads, and visitor centers.
• Remain 25 feet away from individuals and vulnerable property including but not limited to parking lots, trail heads, restrooms, picnic shelters, park offices, park shop yards, park utility buildings, and heavily traveled roadways.
• Do not interfere with other recreational users; yield to people who were there before you.
• Obey all privacy laws.
Following these guidelines does not transfer liability or responsibility for safe UAS operations from you as the UAS owner to the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department or the State of Oregon. The immunities provided by ORS 105
Yes! But please have on a leash at all times. Please no dogs on the beach. There is an off leash dog area at the west end of the park.