This park is about 7 miles west of The Dalles. I84: Exit 76. After exiting, drive north toward the river, turn left into Mayer State Park. Drive to the paved parking lot to park. Lots of waterfowl north of the parking lot area. Walk westward on the paved road. It will pass a large pond, and then turn north to the Columbia River. At the river the trail turns to the west and loops back around. Stay on the wide trail as several branches are tempting to travel, but there is a massive amount of poison oak in the area. See waterfowl at the river and Lewis’ Woodpeckers, Violet-green Swallows, Vaux swifts, White-crowned sparrows, warblers and Red-winged Blackbirds are common.