"Prescott Beach Park: A Beach on the Columbia River" Prescott Things to Do Tip by glabah
Prescott Things to Do: 2 reviews and 5 photos
Operated by Columbia County, this park features a beach right on the Columbia River. There are picnic areas and other beach front recreation opportunities, including horseshoe pits. The picnic areas, especially the single large picnic shelter near the rest rooms, may be reserved. At times it is an extremely popular fishing area. Due to the cool breeze from the river, this is a popular location in the summer months, but in the winter months it is quite a bit less popular. The road into the park from the community of Prescott itself is not paved, but is in reasonably good condition for most of the distance to the parking areas in the park.
There is a lot of commercial and recreational boat and ship traffic on the river, and the channel isn't very wide at this point. Therefore, be very aware of the very large (for a river beach) waves that occasionally come crashing ashore here.
Also please be aware of the bank. It is very steep in places and due to the large wave action from the boats is subject to erosion, especially towards the southern end, and may be unstable under your feet.
A third warning: while there is running water at the park and flush toilets, there is a notice from the county health department that water in the park is not safe to drink.
During the winter months, the small beach area at this park will likely see some wintering birds from the arctic. The wave action stirs up the under water creatures, and it seems to be a fairly popular location for common goldeneye to winter.
Also check the trees in the small forest to the west of the park. If you are interested in bird life you may find something special there, if you look closely. If you discover what I am talking about, please be very careful to not spend too much time watching them, as if they feel threatened they may decide to relocate their nesting site elsewhere.
I like the fact that the park is far enough from highway 30 so that the traffic noise is not that easy to hear. It is possible to hear Interstate 5 and the railroad line on the Washington side of the river, but it is usually not extremely strong as it is also fairly far away.
The park is open one hour before sunrise and closes at one hour after sunset. There is a $3 per day use fee for the park, which is payable at the self-service pay entrance. The pay fee area is at the entrance to the park, and is simply a matter of taking a numbered envelope out of the box, putting $3 into the envilope, putting the numbered slip that corresponds with the envelope in the windshield of your vehicle, and depositing the envelope with the fee into the lower part of the box. You access the deposit box through the same door from which you take the envelope, only the slot is under the shelf on which the supply of envelopes is kept. An annual fee is available and costs $25.
Address: 73125 Prescott Beach Drive, Rainier, Oregon
Directions: Highway 30 to Graham Road (14 miles N. of Saint Helens, 5 miles S. of Rainier). Turn Left just after railroad line. Follow signs to Park. Park entrance is towards river after going through residential community.
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