Farewell Bend State Recreation Area

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Farewell Bend State Recreation Area

Oregon

(541) 869-2365

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Overview

Historic Farewell Bend State Recreation Area, located on the Oregon/Idaho border north of Ontario, offers a beautiful desert experience on the banks of the Snake River's Brownlee Reservoir. Pioneers on the Oregon Trail took a final rest here before leaving the Snake River to travel wearily inland on their way to Oregon City. Historic markers and interpretive displays provide visitors with information on Farewell Bend's significance on the Oregon Trail. The RV and tent campgrounds make excellent base camps as you explore the region. Oregon Trail wagon ruts are visible just up the road. The National Oregon Trail Interpretive Center is less than an hour away in Baker City. If history isn't your game, come for the sports! Brownlee Reservoir offers fishing, water skiing and boating. There are horseshoe pits, basketball hoops and a sand volleyball court for you land lovers. Best of all, while resting from the day's activities, you can enjoy the scenery and amenities. Picnic on the cool grass, roast marshmallows over your campfire or attend an evening interpretive program at the amphitheater. Whatever you like to do, Farewell Bend is the place to do it.

Map of Farewell Bend State Rec. Area (OR)

Latitude, Longitude: 44.303559, -117.227563

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Activities

  • Boating

    The park's lighted boat ramp and dock lead to Brownlee Reservoir. To check on current reservoir levels, call the park (541-869-2365), or Idaho Power at 1-800-422-3143 (or go online: www.idahopower.com).

  • Camping

    There are 30 tent sites available (max 56 feet) with water nearby. A group tent camp is also available. Each campsite comes with a picnic table and fire rings. Hot showers and and flush toilets are located near the campsites. For entertainment, be sure to check out the basketball hoops, horseshoe rings and the volleyball court. Enjoy a roof over your head from May 1-Sept. 30 by renting one of the log cabins. Each cabin is 13-by-13-feet with a six-foot porch. A full bed and two bunks, with mattresses, sleep four people. Each has electrical service, heating and air conditioning.

  • Fishing

    Brownlee Reservoir has excellent bass and catfish fishing. There is a fish-cleaning station by the boat ramp parking lot. A designated fishing dock is also located within close proximity to the campgrounds. Visitors can also try their luck on the Snake River.

  • Hiking

    Take a hike by Brownlee Reservoir or explore the mountains.

  • Historic Sites

    Historic markers and interpretive displays provide visitors with information on Farewell Bend's significance on the Oregon Trail. The RV and tent campgrounds make excellent base camps as you explore the region. Oregon Trail wagon ruts are visible just up the road. The National Oregon Trail Interpretive Center is less than an hour away in Baker City.

  • Picnicking

    There are picnic areas located near the campgrounds.

  • RVing

    There are 101 spots with electrical hook ups for RVs (maximum site 56 feet).

  • Water Sports

    If history isn't your game, come for the sports! Brownlee Reservoir offers fishing, water skiing and boating.

Seasonality/Weather

101 electrical, 30 tent sites (maximum site 56 feet); a hiker-biker camp; 2 cabins; 1 reservable group tent area. Most sites close for the winter (including the cabins), but 10 sites are open all year long. For information only, call (541) 869-2365 or (800) 551-6949. A Loop remains open through the winter. Reservations available from May 1 through October 1. To make reservations, call 1-800-452-5687

Directions

Driving

Off I-84, 25 miles northwest of Ontario.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(541) 869-2365

Campground reservations

(800) 551-6949

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