Historic Farewell Bend State Recreation Area, located on the Oregon/Idaho border north west of Ontario, offers a beautiful desert experience on the banks of the Snake River's Brownlee Reservoir. Pioneers traveling on the historic Oregon Trail once rested and enjoyed one last look at the river. 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. Firewood and ice are available for sale.
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 to enjoy. 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. If you are lucky, you'll see wildlife like deer, pronghorn, geese, eagles, chukars, and Hungarian partridge. Evening interpretive programs are presented from Memorial Day through Labor Day. See events for dates and times.
Parking permits are needed all year to use the park's large, shaded day-use area and boat ramp. Display a daily permit, a 12 or 24 month pass, or your camping receipt. A camping receipt is equal to a daily permit for those days registered if displayed on the driver's side of your vehicle's dashboard. Purchase a daily permit at the registration booth or at a day-use fee station. The 12 or 24 month permits are sold at the registration booth.
More than 90 electrical sites with water -- Approximately 30 tent sites with water nearby -- Hiker/biker sites -- Two log cabins (open seasonally) -- Group tent camp -- Hot showers and flush toilets -- Firewood and ice sales -- RV dump station -- Horseshoe pits, basketball hoops, and volleyball court -- Universal Access - Both cabins and electrical site are accessible to campers with disabilities.
After following the Snake River for 330 miles, Oregon Trail pioneers rested above the bend in the river here, then bid farewell to the Snake River and continued their trek.Watch for a small iron cross, visible from U.S. 30, that marks the location where the Snake River Shoshone Indians battled with pioneer travelers in 1860. Restored covered wagons rest at the park entrance and next to the Oregon Trail kiosk. You can also visit the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center on Flagstaff Hill just east of Baker City which is not more than an hours drive away.
Huntington, OR 97907