Mid-Columbia public camping areas have begun to open for the spring and summer season.
Scooteney Park, a U.S. Bureau of Reclamation property, opened for primitive camping Monday. The park features 1,200 acres of shrub steppe land and reservoir shoreline access. Cost is $15 per night plus $5 for each additional vehicle. There is no charge for day use. No reservations for campsites are accepted.
From Connell take Highway 260 west to Highway 17 and travel north to 800 Scooteney Park Road.
Crow Butte Park, managed by the Port of Benton, also has opened for the season. The 275-acre park has 50 full-service camping sites, three boat launches on the Columbia River and a boat basin. Reservations may be made on line at www.crowbutte.com.
Cost is $27 per day for RV camping, $15 for tent camping, $15 for overnight boat moorage, $5 per extra vehicle, $5 for the boat launch and $5 for day use. The park has a swimming area and shade trees.
The concession stand is not yet open. The park is west of Paterson on Highway 14.