Columbia County Forests, Parks & Recreation:
1054 Oregon Street
St. Helens , OR 97051
Big Eddy Park
64555 Nehalem Highway 47 North
Vernonia , OR
Big Eddy Park, located seven miles north of Vernonia on Highway 47, is named after a large eddy in the Nehalem River. This scenic park has large fir trees, open grassy play areas, fishing, canoeing and a boat launch. The park has a total of 34 camping sites, 15 of them with RV hook-ups. It is near the Banks-Vernonia Linear State Park and the Jewell Elk Refuge.
65866 Apiary Road
Rainier , OR
To find Camp Wilkerson, travel 16 miles northwest of Scappoose, via the Scappoose-Vernonia Highway, turn right on Highway 47. Travel 2-1/2 miles and turn right on Apiary Road then it is six miles to the park entrance. This 280-acre secluded, forested site is a favorite among youth organizations and other groups. It’s easy to get back to nature at this beautiful park, with 24 Adirondacks (3-sided shelters), numerous tent sites, and a rustic day lodge, complete with cooking facilities to accommodate groups up to 250 people.
73125 Prescott Beach Drive
Prescott Beach hosts one of the Columbia River’s finest fishing and windsurfing sites. The beach also features a covered picnic shelter, playground equipment, a beautiful gazebo, a horse shoe pit and sand volleyball courts. Prescott is day-use only, opening one hour before sunrise and closing one hour after sunset. Located 14 miles north of St. Helens, and five miles south of Rainier. Turn off U.S. 30 onto Graham Road. 1.75 miles to park entrance.