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A short drive from town to a picturesque setting on the Snake River, Fishhook Park has so many activities to offer–camping, fishing, birding, kayaking, paddleboarding, a swim beach, and a few play structures for the kids. A number of campsites have water access, and the ones that don’t are up the bank just a bit further than their shoreline neighbors and take advantage of the view. Given its proximity to Walla Walla, folks can easily have commitments back in town but still enjoy a few nights on the river.

  • Distance:

    Within 1.5 Hours

  • Difficulty Level:

    Day Tripper, Adventurer

  • Seasons:

    Spring, Summer, Fall

  • Elevation:

    472 feet

  • Pets:

    Yes

  • Status:

    Open

  • Reservations:

    Yes

  • ADA:

    Yes

  • Multi-Use:

    No

  • Motorized Vehicles :

    No

  • Your Public Lands

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Walla Walla District)

  • What To Do
    • Camping

      There are 41 campsites with electric and water hookups and 11 walk-in primitive tent sites.

    • Fishing

      Many species call this iconic river home. Typically, fishing for trout, steelhead, sturgeon, and other game fish is allowed between Ice Harbor Dam and Lower Monument Dam. Fishing regulations are highly specific and based on location and species. Please always consult the latest information available from the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife.

    • Paddleboarding/ Kayaking

      There is a paved boat launch, but if campers are lucky enough to have a spot on the river simply launch from the shore.

  • How To Get There

    Take HWY 125 north out of Walla Walla for three miles and then take a left onto Harvey Shaw Road. Drive another 16 miles and take a left onto HWY 124. Travel another 11 miles and take a right onto Fishhook Park Road, and the park is at the end of the road.

  • When To Go

    The park opens in May and closes in September. Reserve a spot early as this park fills up quickly or enjoy the day use area since it is so close to town. Depending on your intentions (fishing, kayaking, paddleboarding, swimming) choose the season that works best for you. Consider using the park during the week to avoid crowds if your schedule allows.

  • What To Expect

    Considering the number of campsites available and large day use area, the park is designed quite well to accommodate a number of people while still preserving a sense of privacy. There is a train track that sandwiches the park between the river and the track. It is still in use. This is a great spot for families young and old. Bring your binoculars and do a little birding. Overall, plenty of activities to keep everyone busy and lots of room to gather around the campfire at night.

  • Fees

    Fees depend on use but range from $20 to $75 from a tent site to group shelter.

  • Permits

    Valid Washington fishing license (if fishing). Fishing licenses are available online via the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife or local retail shops such as Bi-Mart, Sportsman's Warehouse, Big 5 Sporting Goods, Cascade Farm and Outdoor, and Dunning Irrigation.

  • Regulations

    The gate into the park closes from 10 pm to 6 am. No alcohol is allowed in the park.

  • Amenities

    All RV/ tent sites have 50 amp electric hook-ups, potable water (except site #16), a fire pit with grill, and picnic table. The park has flush toilets, showers, trash services, and a dump station. The day use area has a few playgrounds, covered shelters, picnic tables and grills, drinking fountain, swim beach, and paved boat launch.

  • Wildlife Awareness

    We are all so fortunate to recreate in the Blue Mountains. So many opportunities exist to play outside whether in a national forest, wilderness area, on a Wild and Scenic River, and more! With these opportunities comes great responsibility to appreciate that we are mere visitors and should all take pride in being good stewards of the wild. Many animals call these protected places home, including moose, elk, bear, cougar, bobcat, and snakes to name a few. Take precautions to respect their home and understand the appropriate response should an encounter occur. Additionally, many plant species thrive in the Blue Mountains, so staying on trail is always good practice. Carry First Aid supplies to better respond to accidents or encounters, and always let others know where the day's adventure is taking you.

  • Field Notes

    Navigation: Consider downloading the Avenza Map app. This app allows users to upload three maps (or unlimited with a subscription) to use offline. It can track your location offline and overlay GPS data from the phone onto the map. The vehicle use maps (for trails allowing motorized vehicles) are the easiest to use. Otherwise, Geo Tracker offers similar tracking capabilities and additional details about your adventure. If no service, Geo Tracker will at least show your location. The Blue Mountains and surrounding area offer a remote recreating experience, and knowing your location is paramount to staying safe. Always make sure to bring paper maps. Tell others where your adventure is taking you and when you expect to return.

    Difficulty Level: Here is what we are thinking when we assign a difficulty level: Day Tripper--You don't have much experience in the area but want to get outside! Great for families of all ages. Adventurer--You know your way around the Blue Mountains and love a leisurely day outdoors. Mountaineer--You are ready for a challenge. Wild places excite you and sweat is the goal. Small children beware. Keep in mind some activities may apply to multiple difficulty levels based on usage.

    Pets: In general, pets are allowed on a leash and under control throughout jurisdictions. The only restrictions we have encountered are around swimming areas. As a best practice, be mindful of riparian habitat in general. You never know where a precious spawning area might be located. Pack it in and pack it out applies to your furry friend as well.

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