Dismal Nitch Rest Area | Informal Campsite

United States

Details

Last Visited: 3 months ago
GPS: 46.24921, -123.86066
Altitude: 1.7 masl
Place Website: https://www.boondockersbible.com/knowledgebase/washington-state-rest-area-rules/

Amenities

Electricity: No
Wifi: No
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: No
Showers: No
Water: Potable
Toilets: Running Water
Big Rig Friendly: Yes
Tent Friendly: No
Pet Friendly: Yes

Contributed By

Fabian Pickel

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Description

MODERATOR NOTE: 8 hour parking limit.
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Very scenic rest area right by the highway, free and legal to overnight. Beautiful view across the Columbia River, to Astoria and the bridge. Picnic tables. A paved walkway takes about 15 minutes to do the loop - stretch your legs and watch the river.
Some traffic noise during the day, quieter at night. Level.

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Fine for one night. Quiet at night, and Tuesday mornings is when the workers were there to clean. Gotta love a freshly cleaned bathroom first thing in the AM.

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a little noise...but a good place to stay with nice view

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very nice place to stay overnight. quite and safe with a couple of RV and car campers

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I would recommend avoiding this small rest stop, unfortunately. It was clearly overrun with campers and unhoused living in their cars, there was trash everywhere, and it’s clearly become a problem for local officials. There is lots of signage limiting different parking spots to 15 mins, 1 hour, 4 hours, and 8 hours, with “no camping” signs. Unfortunately, people have been taking advantage of this place, not quietly and unobtrusively staying no longer than 8 hours, and it is an example of why good boondocking sites get shut down. The place was packed when we arrived at about 10:30 pm. There were unhoused hoarders with hammocks and grills set up, a guy sleeping in a bag on the lawn with his barking dog, and the cops had to come and roust people. Too bad.

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Nice spot with bathrooms. Lots of campers and RVs here and saw some sea otters frolicking on the rocks below after the sun set

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Rest area with toilet, sink, picnic tables, grass, a dog walk area, and history boards. 8 hours is the posted limit “no tents or camps”. Some traffic noise, as it’s right next to the road. A few other vans and an rv here. Seems chill thus far. Nice view of the river and the Astoria bridge. 3 bars LTE cricket.

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As others mentioned, sign says “no camping” and “limit stay to 8 hours.” I just don’t think they want people whipping out their tents and camping on the lawn. Since there’s really no other overnight parking nearby I stayed the night along with a few other vans and RVs and no problems. Quieter in the evening and a beautiful spot right on the water.

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they must have changed the rules recently because this lot is very clearly marked with no overnight camping signs. they do have 8 hour parking signs as well but we did not stay.

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Visited 5/15/21 and stayed the night. Nice little rest stop with sprawling views of the Columbia river. Has restrooms and a nice little walking trail. Slept well, quiet and was not bothered by anybody. Boat photo is a 2 minute drive east from the rest stop.

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It's open despite passing two signs on the way in saying it's closed. I used a pull off nearby but checked in the morning
Very high winds where I stopped but it's a lovely area.

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Temporarily closed because road is blocked, but there is a good pullout closer to the bridge where a few units can park. not much traffic because of closed road.

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As described and still a good place to stay. Second time here, a little more car noise made louder by the wet road but slept okay.

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Just as good as everyone else said. Felt completely safe overnighting as a solo female traveler.

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Good spot, spacious n safe with a view of Astoria across the water. Intermittent cars going by. As described. I’d stay again.

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This is the spot! A Lot of people sleeping here! No one bothered us. Very one was very quite and respectful. The highway is right there so it was a bit loud. It did quit down but then picked up agin in the morning.

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Popular area! Beautiful views of the River and Bridge. Definitely recommend. Many other "car Campers".

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Stopped by to see if we could spend the night as we were passing through but there is a sign clearly posted “No overnight camping”

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Beautiful spot the stay overnight ! Not much traffic and there are several cars staying overnight here. It’s bright and feel safe. There’s a bathroom and picnic tables perfect for the next day making breakfast and seeing sunrise or just enjoying the view

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Solid and convenient spot right on the water. Felt quite safe and many of the other rigs and vans were sleeping here overnight as well.

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as clean as to be expected, great view of water front, couple stone picnic tables, rv parking

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A decently sized rest stop with unbeatable river views. Lot was almost full throughout the whole night but was never bothered and felt pretty safe. A little loud being right next to the highway, but didn't bother me. they have the nicest sign saying "please keep your visit to no more than 8 hours" which I'm guessing they don't enforce. stayed overnight and would def again. men's bathroom was closed but women's bathroom was decently clean. lighting throughout the parking lot.

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area as described. quiet, tons of parking.

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Had a good night's sleep. No issues. Nobody bothered us. Was actually really quiet.

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Smaller rest area that is more quiet, therefore I felt weird making noise to open and close my squeaky door to pee at night. A sheriff drove through around 8pm. Seems to be a mix of locals and travelers. Saw an RV and two vans at the Walmart nearby in Oregon but didn't stay as I read of the cops giving tickets out during the night.

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As described, right on the water, and totally fine to stay the night. Parking was actually almost full. I moved my car to the side next to the road so I wouldn’t be right next to two other cars (felt very invasive to have people that close). Almost left because there was a couple fighting until midnight and as a solo woman I didn’t feel super super safe but I don’t think that’s the usual here. I only stayed because I had nowhere else to sleep.

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The name describes it all if you want to get a good rest make sure you bring your plugs and blinders because it’s quite the soap opera... first off it it it is definitely a place to spend the night it does have restrooms it is on the water and is beautiful and there are picnic tables beyond that you’re ready for some entertainment.

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Absolutely gorgeous view of Astoria at night from across Columbia River, other friendly RVers, adequate washrooms, clean and quiet at night with park picnic benches

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Awesome! Right on the Columbia and close to Astoria. Did not feel unsafe and several types of rigs showed up by evening. Traffic until 9 or 10pm, then quiet until 7:30a or so. Great for passing through or a couple of nights. Be sure to visit Fort Clatsop!

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Busy during the day. Right next to highway so yeah cars all hours of the night. Has bathrooms. Plenty of parking. Beautiful views. Not bothered. Cool little pathway you can take too.

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Stayed on a Thursday night, very noisy and busy. But nice to have cell service and flushable toilets!

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Legit!!! Beautiful and easy place to crash for a night in a pinch

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Good boondocking site. Light traffic on 101, and a beautiful view of the Columbia River. Also popular! Also, it feels very safe.

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Love this place!! Best rest area I have ever stayed at!!
See pics!

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Stayed here 3 nights no problem, police do drive by randomly but don’t enforce 8 hour limit

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Absolutely perfect rest stop. Bathrooms with water fountain, great views of the bridge to Astoria, relatively minimal traffic late at night, other vehicles were quiet. No complaints!
Perfect place for one night; don't let the name dissuade you.

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Thought we’d stay the night to see what the fuss was about and it was worth it. Very pretty views, toilets and plenty of other campers around. Wasn’t disturbed but for being on the side of a highway it was pretty loud. But can never complain when it’s free for a night I guess

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Nice rest area (and free). Stayed 1 night. We had about 3 other vans around us. Weren’t bothered. The street lights are super bright so make sure you park the right way or can block them out. As others have said there are a few loud trucks that go past but it was pretty quiet between 6pm-7am.

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As described good place for overnight. Nice scenery, clean restrooms. When I was here in early December, it was really quiet, except for a few trucks coming through using engine break (also as mentioned before). "Limit your stay to 8h" like most rest areas.

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Not sure why people think this is quiet? Had a terrible night sleep as trucks were driving past the whole night putting their loud brakes on.
Despite that it’s a good spot.

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Great place, great view ! Washrooms and parking for RV.

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Pretty poor rest stop for sleeping. Right off of 101 with trucks driving by with engine brakes all night long. Lots of traffic in and out as well. In a pinch, it's fine, but would not come back here again.

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Really calm at night. They are remodeling the restrooms so only porta pots available.

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Good area for a night. Lots of vans and cars, noise level up after 6am. Toilets clean

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Beautiful setting & views...good amenities.

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Great spot! But there’s a lot of in and out

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Good place to sleep, quiet, clean bathroom and nice view, lots of people in cars, vans, RVs and some even pitched a tent.

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Great view of Columbia River, lots of Lewis and Clark 1803 to 1805 historic, very quiet, serene and very clean parking lot, dog run, and bathrooms, fills up fast with trucks, cars, campers and RV’s. Follow the posted rules you cannot go wrong. RV parks nearby are very expensive and Some members only

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Great overnight stop. Surrounded by a dozen other vans, RVS, and car sleepers. Very comfortable and beautiful morning view. Will definitely add this to our list of overnight stays when visiting surrounding beaches.

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Reminds us a bit of a RV Park, different size camper vans parked next to each other, but it is free! Official rest area and no „no overnight parking“ sign. Restroom with running water open all night, picknick tables/benches, mobile reception and nice bay view.

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As others have said, this is relatively quiet overnight spot with some other rv, van and car campers. Just 15 minutes across the Columbia River from Astoria, Oregon. Seems to be legal to overnight here!

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Excelenteeeee!!!! Great rest area, after having a couple of beers in Astoria, this is a great option!

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Convenient rest area just off the highway, awesome views of the bridge to astoria. Surprisingly quiet given the location.

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Although a rest stop right by the road and not screened by any trees, I slept great. We were in our glamper van and there was a camper and 2 cars all night with us. Felt secure. Bathrooms fine. No problem being there from about 7:00 pm until 9:30 am. Walked the dog and the cat. A great no-cost option for what it is.

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Nice place for overnight! We saw an otter in the morning:) just a little loud at the morning.

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Free overnight friendly rest stop.
Bathrooms open all night, not the nicest but not nasty. Water currently not potable due to contamination.
It's along a road so not the quietest but great in a pinch. Beautiful view in the morning across the water to Astoria.
As mentioned in another comment, check out the sea lions on the piers (near Safeway - you can park there to avoid parking fee at piers), and the Astoria column had nice views.

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Quiet place. Was a couple other cars/campers over night. No problems. Apparently no camping or tenting - see pic. Clean bathrooms.

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Beautiful spot to rest for the night.
Adventure Dorks approved 👍

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Checking it out this evening.

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Lots of other dwellers sleeping in their cars and a great view of Astoria just on the other side of the river. Police patrolled just to check on things which reassured us it's a safe area. Was a great place to park for the night.

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awesome spot better than a few campgrounds we have stayed at. highly recommended. (someone even put flowers in the women's room)

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Good stop for overnight. Couples of RV and cars with us.
Restroom clean
Quiet on night until trucks begin to pass in the morning

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Very scenic rest area right by the highway, free and legal to overnight (sign says 8hrs max.). Beautiful view across the Columbia River, to Astoria and the bridge. Picnic tables.
Some traffic noise during the day, quiet at night. Level. And probably rainy. ;-)

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