Horsethief Lake State Park
Lupine and balsam root bloom in mid-April making
spectacular fields of purple and gold. Rock climbing is possible in
In Klickitat County, 17 miles east of White Salmon and 28 miles west
of Goldendale on State Route 14.
Summer: 6:30 a.m. to dusk.
Winter: Closed Oct. 29 to March 29.
Check-in time, 2:30 p.m.
Check-out time, 1 p.m.
Quiet hours: 11 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.
337.97 acres and 7,500 feet of freshwater shoreline on the Columbia
The park was acquired in four parcels; the first in 1964 and the last
For centuries, the park was the site of a Native American village. The
Lewis and Clark expedition camped at the village and described its wooden
houses in one of their journals. The village was flooded by the waters
of The Dalles Dam.
Oral history states that the park received its name from
workers in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers who developed the site.
The workers thought the terrain was similar to that of horsethief hideouts
in popular 1950s Hollywood westerns. The abundance of horses kept on
the premises by local Indians apparently gave the workers their inspiration.
12 campsites, 35 picnic sites, comfort station, 2 non-vehicle sites,
2 boat launches, trailer dump, 2 miles of road, 2 miles of trail, residence,
Of Special Interest
Some rattlesnakes live in the area, but they are fairly rare. The bullsnake
is more common. Its color and markings are similar to a rattlesnake's,
but they don't have rattles and they are not venomous.
Watch out for poison oak in the rock climbing areas of the butte. They
appear as woody shrubs along the base of some rockwalls. When foliated
they have glossy leaves in groups of three and little round white berries.
12.4 mi. Hiking Trails
Boating (freshwater, non-motorized)
2 boat ramps (freshwater)
1 Horseshoe pit
Driving east or west on I-84, take exit #87 and drive north on U.S.
197 across the Columbia River bridge. Continue north about four miles
to SR 14, and turn right, heading east. The park is located at milepost-85.
Drive east or west on SR 14 along the Columbia River. The park is located
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State Park and Recreation Commission