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Doug's Beach State Park
Between Murdock, WA., and Lyle, WA


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Doug's Beach State Park
Between Murdock, WA., and Lyle, WA

Doug's Beach State Park - Daffodil Valley TimesDoug's beach is a popular windsurfing site and (for those less adventurous) a windsurfing observation site. Picnic tables and shade trees line the shore.

Location

Located between Murdock, WA., and Lyle, WA.

Park Hours
Summer: 6:30 a.m. to dusk.
Winter: 8 a.m. to dusk.
The park is open year-round for day use only.

Acreage
31 acres, with approximately 240 feet of beach access to the Columbia River.

Acquired
The site is owned by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources and Burlington Northern Railroad. A temporary right of entry permit was signed with the Department of Natural Resources in August 1988. A temporary occupancy permit was issued by Burlington Northern in September 1988. Official naming of the park is pending official Commission action.

Historical Background
In 1805, Lewis and Clark stopped for supplies at an Indian village in the vicinity of today's park. The transaction is recorded in their journals. The park acquired its name from a windsurfer who used to frequent the beach when the sport was in its infancy. "Doug" still lives in the Gorge and owns a business in Hood River, Oregon.

Facilities
The park offers ten unsheltered picnic tables and three portapoties, but no water and no dump site. Visitors are expected to pack their garbage out with them when they leave. Tables are available first-come, first-served. Fires are not permitted in the park.

Of Special Interest
Doug's Beach State Park is a 400-acre, undeveloped day-use park on the Columbia River. This is one of the premier windsurfing sites in the Columbia Gorge and is rated for advanced sailors. Parking is along the south side of SR 14. There is a pedestrian walkway behind the vehicle-parking area, fenced from passing trains. Visitors access the beach down a paved path with railroad-crossing arms and signals.

Activities
Fishing (freshwater)
Swimming (freshwater)
Bird Watching
Sailboarding
Wildlife Viewing
Windsurfing.

Driving Directions
From Oregon:
On I-84, take exit #87 at The Dalles. Drive north on US 197 over the Columbia River about three miles to the SR 14 junction, then head west about five miles. The park is located on SR 14.

From Washington:
Travel east on SR 14 from Vancouver,WA. The park is about three miles east of the town of Lyle.

Traveling west:
On SR 14 from US 97 or I-82 near the Tri-Cities, drive about five miles past the US 197 junction. The park is located near milepost-78 on SR 14.

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