OREGON STATE PARKS
PO Box 500
Portland, OR 97207-0500
Reservations Northwest: (Oregon and Washington): 800/452-5687
Information Center:: 800/551-6949
General Information: You can call the Reservation Northwest toll free line Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm to reserve a yurt or cabin or meeting hall. Reservations are recommended for these facilities, particularly on a weekend any time of year. You can make reservations 11 months in advance, but no fewer than two days before arrival. There is a $6 reservation fee accompanied by first night’s rent. Note: If you choose to pay by check or money order, you must make your reservation at least 10 days prior to the first night and the reservation center must have received payment five days prior to arrival.
You can rent covered wagons, houseboats, teepees, yurts and cabins in Oregon State Parks.
Cabins: Most cabins at Oregon State Parks are 13’ x 13’ structures with a 6-foot porch and include electricity, beds with mattresses, tables and chairs. Some are two-rooms and have sinks, refrigerators, microwaves, and bathrooms with showers. You will need to bring bedding, eating utensils.
Yurts: "Yurtin for Certain" is the motto of veteran yurt enthusiasts, and their numbers swell each year. Over 70 different yurts were recently built in Oregon State Parks. They offer privacy and lockable doors. You do not have to lug equipment around.
Features: Electricity, heater, skylight that opens, lockable doors, beds with mattresses for 5, wooden floor.
You need: Sleeping bags, a sense of adventure. Reserve a yurt through the toll free number above.
Teepees: Step into history when you step into a teepee. The circle, the ancient symbol for perfection, is embodied in the Native American custom of arranging the teepee village in a circle with canvas flaps facing the E where the sun rises.
Features: Size and features vary from park to park. Indoor carpeting, foam mattresses, indoor electricity (except Lake Owyhee and Unity Lake), picnic table stove and free firewood. Lake Owyhee offers two canoes with lifejackets, included with teepee rental.
You need to bring bedding, cooking and eating utensils, an appreciation for cultures. Parks with teepees include Unity Lake, Lake Owyhee, Farewell Bend, Tumalo, and Clyde Holliday. Reserve through the above toll free number.
FORT STEVENS STATE PARK
Off US 101, 10 miles W of Astoria at mouth of the Columbia River.
The Fort Stevens Military Reservation guarded the mouth of the Columbia River from the Civil War until World War II. Today you can explore abandoned gun batteries and climb to the nearby commander’s station for a scenic view of the Columbia and South Jetty.
The Military Museum: Contains many military artifacts and interpretive displays depicting the history of the fort from the Civil War to its shelling by Japanese submarines in World War II. Open 10 am to 6 pm daily.
Guided Tours: During the summer there is an underground Battery Mishler and a tour in the back of a restored 1954 deuce-and-a-half army truck. Groups call 502/861-2000 10 am – 4 p.m.
Shipwreck Remains: The rusting wreck of the Peter Iredale lies near the beach parking lot. Watch waves and big ships on the Columbia River from the Clarson Spit. The jetty was built in the late 1800s by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. A wildlife-viewing platform overlooks the Columbia near Swash Lake.
Attractions nearby: A replica of another fort is at Fort Clatsop National memorial, nearby. The Corps of Discovery of the Lewis and Clark Expedition stayed there. Also close is Astoria, the first permanent European-American settlement W of the Mississippi River, featuring Fort Astoria.
Yurts: There are 15 yurts within the park. Special features are the Historic Military Site with remnants of a military fort. There are 14 miles of hiking and biking trails, wildlife viewing, remains of the Peter Iredale shipwreck, and a freshwater lake.
NEHALEM BAY STATE PARK
Off US 101, 3 miles S of Manzanita Junction, between ocean and bay in the shadow of Neahkanie Mountain.
The bay offers excellent crabbing and an abundant supply of bay clams. Ask about regulations. Beachcomb on the broad sandy beaches that extends the length of the 4-mil Nehalem Bay Spit. Driftwood, agates, glass Japanese fishing floats and beeswax from 16th Century Spanish merchant ships is found along the coast.
There are 3 picnic areas along the spit, with tables, grills, and toilets.
Yurts: The park has 12 yurts, horse camp fly-in camp adjacent to airstrip, and hiker/biker camps. Special features include meeting hall, 6-mile equestrian trail, 1.5-mile hiking trail, and 2-mile loop bike path. Just 4 miles N is Oswald West State Park with mountainsides dropping to the beach.
NORTH CENTRAL COAST
BEVERLY BEACH STATE PARK
On US 101, 7 miles N of Newport, between Cape Foulweather and Yaquina Head.
Yurts: The park has 21 yurts, with TV hookups in the yurts and certain campsites. There is a hiker-biker camp, also. Special features include nature trail, playground, and yurt meeting hall, close to lighthouse, marine and wildlife viewing areas. You may also reserve a campsite in advance prior to your stay at the park.
Nearby parks include Otter Crest State Scenic Viewpoint, Devil’s Punch Bowl State Natural Area with a collapsed sea lion cave. Also nearby is Agate Beach State Recreation Site for beachcombing. Depoe Bay to the North has an aquarium. The Newport area has restaurants along Yaquina Bay. Charter a boat from the marina. Also visit the Mark O. Hatfield State University Marine Science Center, containing aquariums, films and exhibits. The Oregon Coast Aquarium is near the park also. The Yaquina Bay Lighthouse is open for day visits. Yaquina Head is also the site of another lighthouse. There are whale watching viewpoint all along the coast near the park.
CAPE LOOKOUT STATE PARK
Off US 101, 12 miles SW of Tillamook on Three Capes Scenic Loop.
There are 10 yurts within the park, group ten areas, and hiker/biker camp. Special features include meeting hall, 2.5 mile hiking trail to the tip of cape, group picnic reservations.
DEVIL’S LAKE STATE PARK
US 101, Lincoln City
Hiking: The Cape Trail is a 2 1/2 mile trek to the tip of Cape Lookout, with the trailhead 2 miles S of the park entrance at the Three Capes Scenic Route. A second trail winds 2 miles from the Cape trailhead to the beach S of the cape, and a third extends 2 1/2 miles N to the park’s day-use area. Trail maps are available from the registration booth. There are also nature trails that are self guided.
Vehicles are prohibited on the beach.
THREE CAPES SCENIC ROUTE
The N end of the loop road off U.S. Highway 101 begins in Tillamook and winds along the shore of Tillamook Bay to Cape Lookout and two other capes with state parks. Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint N of Cape Lookout features a historical lighthouse, hiking trails, picnic area, and the Octopus Tree. South of Cape Lookout, past the Oceanside Beach State Recreation Site and the popular clamming and crabbing sanctuary of Netarts Bay, the sandstone cliffs of Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area beckon wave watchers. Nearby sand dunes attract off road users,. Pacific City, S of the cape is home to a dory fleet and the Robert Strub State Park with access to Nestuca Spit and broad, sandy beaches.
Yurts:There are 10 yurts within the park, and a hiker/biker camp. Other features include boat moorage slips, fishing dock, outstanding waterfowl viewing, At East Devil’s Lake day-use area, a designated wildlife viewing area has picnic and boat launch facilities.
SOUTH CENTRAL COAST
BEACHSIDE STATE PARK
Alsea Bay is just 4 miles N of the park and is great for families, or walk along the beach. There are many species of clams in the area, including blues, gappers, butter and cockles. Go crabbing, it is fun and affordable. Dungeness and rock crabs are caught in the piers by boat and nearby Waldport offers boat and equipment rentals. Or tackle the Alsea River for steelhead, blueback, Chinook and silver salmon. The Yachats River is 4 miles S of the park for blackback and trout. No vehicles allowed on any of the beaches.
Attractions Nearby: Fishing at W.B. nelson State Recreation Site at Echman Lake is 3 miles E of Waldport on Oregon Highway 34. The state part offers a lake, dock and picnic area. For boating try the Port of Alsea.
The Alsea Bay Bridge Interpretive Center is 4 miles N of the Beachside State Recreation Site. Walking is great along 894 Trail, 4 miles S of Beachside at Smelt Sands State Recreation Site. The 1/24 mile trail parallels a scenic shoreline. An excellent place for whale watching, fishing and beachcombing.
Yurts: There are 2 yurts within the park, with hiker/biker camp. Special features include campsites located near a broad sandy beach.
CARL G. WASHBURNE MEMORIAL STATE PARK
US 101, 14 miles N of Florence, just N of Heceta Head.
Attractions Nearby: Heceta Head Lighthouse is the most photographed lighthouse in Oregon. See the lighthouse section in this guide for more information on Heceta Head. Cape Perpetua is just S of Yachats, featuring a visitor center, educational exhibits and trails to sculptured geological formations and hiking trails and into dense coastal forest. Darlingtonia State Natural Site is 89 miles S of the park, home of the carnivorous Cobra Lily. Nearby is the annual Rhododendron festival in May in Florence.
Yurts: There are 2 yurts within the park. Special features include a 6-mile loop-hiking trail to Heceta Head Lighthouse, 5 miles of beach with cliffside tidepools.
JESSIE M. HONEYMAN MEMORIAL STATE PARK
US 101, 3 miles S of Florence, next to Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area.
Dunes North and Dune South:
The towering san monoliths of the Oregon Dunes National Recreational Area, which stretches 47 miles from Florence to Coos Bay, loom around the park boundaries between Highway 101 and the ocean. You can enter the dunes area off the South Jetty Road (South Dunes Drive) and N of the park where some of the dunes reach nearly 500 feet. Bring your own dune buggy or take a buggy tour offered by commercial operators near the park. During Discovery Season you can wheel right out onto the dunes. Vehicles prohibited on the beach during certain seasons of the year.
The 350-acre Woahink Lake is stocked with rainbow trout for anglers and features native cutthroat trout and largemouth bass. You have more choices farther south. There are also many historical structures in and around the park.
Hiking: The CCC originally developed some of the park’s trial system, along the shores of lakes Cleawox and Lily and Woahink Lake.
There are 10 yurts at the park, and group tent areas, hiker/biker camp. Special features include 3 freshwater lakes, concession with meals, supplies, and paddleboats, 500-foot high sand dunes, direct accesses from campground to dunes.
SOUTH BEACH STATE PARK
US 101, 2 miles S of Newport by Yaquina Bay.
Crabbing and Clamming: Do this No of the park at Newport and Yaquina. Fish caught along the south jetty include cod. Sea bass, perch, and salmon. Gappers, butter and cocked clams are found at low tide.
Treasures of the Beach: If you are a rock-hound, a casual beachcombing session will find agates, jasper, and petrified wood and other stones. Also visit the lighthouse at Yaquina Bay.
Attractions: Nearby is the Mark O. Hatfield Marina Science Center and the Newport bayfront along the bayside board walk in Newport.
Hiking: Cooper Ridge Nature Trail is a 1-mile long trail that is in a sensitive environmental area. The South Jetty Trail is pave for pedestrians and bikes.
Yurts:There are 16 yurts at the park, three group tent areas, and a hiker/biker camp. Special features include volleyball, basketball, yurt visitor center, 1.75-mile nature trail, and 2.75-mile trail to south jetty, views of bay and lighthouse.
UMPQUA LIGHTHOUSE STATE PARK (See Lighthouse Section)
ALFRED A. LOEB STATE PARK
Dip a fishing line in Chetco River, watch the river from your cabin. All cabins are furnished with lights, heat, and beds with mattresses. Rate is $35 per night. Reserve through reservations Northwest.
Nearby attractions include the 12-mile long park along Highway 101 with picnic tables. Explore the park by foot along the Oregon Coast Trail. The S end of the park is only 3 miles S of Harris Beach. Charter a boat in Brookings. Take a jet boat ride up Gold Beach, 30 miles N of Brookings up the famed Rogue River. Special features include myrtlewood grove, connecting trail to 1-mile USFS Redwood Nature Trail.
Yurts and Cabins: The park offers 3 log cabins for rent, and 6 Yurts.
BULLARDS BEACH STATE PARK
US 101, 2 miles N of Bandon at mouth of Coquille River.
Visit the Coquille River Lighthouse built in 1896, open for day tours. It was decommissioned in 1939. Visit the Rainbow By The Sea for shopping, called the Cranberry Capital of Oregon with tours to the bogs. Nearby state parks include Sunset Bay State Park.
Yurts: The park offers 13 yurt rentals, yurt meeting hall, horse camp with 8 sites, 4 single corrals, and a hiker/biker camp. Special features include the historic Coquille River Lighthouse tours, 7-mile equestrian trail, meeting hall, revolvable picnic shelter, boat ramp on river, and 4.5 miles of beach.
CAPE BLANCO STATE PARK
Off US 101, 9 miles N of Port Orford
Visit the famous Hughes House, constructed in 1898, which is a two story pioneer house using old growth Cedar. The rectangular structure has cross axle wings with over 3,000 square feet of living space. It is listed on the National Register of Historical Houses. The Hughes family occupied the ranch for 111 years.
Between Cape Blanco overnight camp and the day use area is a cemetery and former church site. The streaks of black sand at the Beach give evidence of gold. Nearby is Port Orford Heads State Recreation Site with offshore rocks and sheltered coves. The Paradise Point State Recreation Site is just N of Port Orford. The Humburg Mountain State Park is just S of Port Orford.
Activities: Beachcombing and rock hounding for wood, seashells and Japanese glass floats. Fishing is for cod, halibut, sole, salmon, smelt, trout and steelhead.
Battle Rock is 11 miles S in Port Orford, the site of one of the fiercest Indian battles on the Oregon Coast.
Cabins: The park offers 4 log camper cabins. They are rustic, but amenities include electricity, and full bed and two bunks, mattresses, and sleeps up to 4. They are 13’ x 13’ structures with 6-foot porches. All are available year around by calling reservations.
The Cape Blanco Lighthouse is the oldest lighthouse on the Oregon coast, towering 245 feet. It was built in 1870. Take a day tour of it' horse camp with 8 sites, double corrals, group RV/tent park, hiker/biker camp. Special features include tours of historic Hughes House, Cape Blanco Lighthouse, a 7-mile equestrian trail, 150 acres of open riding range, fishing access to Sixes River, black sandy beach.
HARRIS BEACH STATE PARK
US 101, N side of Brookings.
The park has 6 yurts, a hiker/biker camp. Special features include outstanding wildlife viewing, views of Oregon coast’s largest offshore island.
SUNSET BAY STATE PARK
Off US 101, 12 miles SW of Coos Bay
Sunset Bay was named by Thomas Hirst, an early settler in Coos Bay. It was used by fishing boats and other shallow draft vessels as a harbor for protection from violent ocean storms. According to lore, it was also used by pirates. The small bay is set inside steep sandstone bluffs and has a narrow passage to the sea. There are three other state parks in the area, including Cape Arago State Park, Shore Acres State Park and Seven Devils State Park.
Yurts: There are 10 yurts for rent, 11 group tent areas, and a hiker/biker camp. Special features include bay sheltered beach, group picnic reservations.
WILLIAM M. TUGMAN STATE PARK
US 101, 8 miles S of Reedsport on Eel Lake
Both William M Tugman and the Umpqua Lighthouse have day-use areas and access to boating and fishing. The day use areas feature grass lawns, gazebos, and Eel Lake within mountain forest. Eel Lake is one of a chain of fresh water lakes E of Highway 101 and the coasts stretch of sand dunes. Great for fishing, swimming, canoeing, sailing and boating. There is a boat ramp and trail where you will see ospreys, cranes, eagles, deer, and forest creatures.
Umpqua River Lighthouse towers above the entrance to Winchester Bay. This is the first lighthouse commissioned on the Oregon coast N of the river in 1857. It was destroyed in 1861 after a storm. The current lighthouse has a 65-foot tower and overlooks sand dunes from a 165 foot evaluation on the S side of the bay. The light emits distinctive red and white automated flashes. The lighthouse and structure and museum are worth seeing by day tours. Call 541/271-4631.
Also near the park is the Salmon Harbor on Winchester Bay, home of a large coastal fishing fleet, charter boats and recreational ships.
Yurts: The park offers 3 yurts, a hiker/biker camp. Special features include boat ramp access to freshwater lake, fishing dock accessible to boat, ramp access to freshwater lake, fishing dock facilities accessible for disables, large play area, lakeside hiking, group picnic reservations.
CHAMPOEG STATE HERITAGE AREA
Off OR 219, 7 miles E of Newberg, 27 miles S of Portland, on the Williamette River; take exit 278 off I-5.
Prior to 1840 the Champoeg prairie was home to Kalapuya Indians who used the area for hunting, fishing and gathering Camas. Fur trappers from Astoria first visited Champooick as it was known by the Indians, in 1811. They came to investigate stories of land beyond the falls on the Williamette River, rich in beaver. The North West Company’s Williamette Post was established in 1813 near Champoeg to serve the trappers. After beaver went out of style, some trappers decided to settle here. By 1831, the first permanent homes were established and agriculture sprang up.
In 1818 the US and Great Britain had a sign Joint Occupancy Agreement consenting to share the Pacific Northwest. However, as the farmers developed their land, a need grew for government. In 1841 at the Wolf Meetings, self government was developed and a provisional government formed. In 1844 the government moved to Oregon City, but the history lives on at the park. The past is preserved in historic buildings, including the Champoeg Visitor Center, Pioneer Building, Manson Barn, Newell House, and DAR Cabin.
Yurts: There are 6 yurts at the park, 3-group tent area, group RV area, and hiker/biker camp. Special features include visitor center and historical attractions, meeting hall, amphitheater for entertainment productions, 10 miles of hiking and biking trails, courtesy boat dock.
SILVER FALLS STATE PARK
OR 214, 26 miles E of Salem in the foothills of Cascade Mountains.
There are 10 log cabins in the park, group ten areas, and group RV and horse camp with 5 sites with corrals. Special features include a 7-mile trail (Trail of Ten Falls) through heavily forested canyon; 4-mile bike path; 14 miles of equestrian trails, logging trail loop, rustic group lodging, conference center, historic day-use lodge, and group picnic reservations.
SILVER FALLS CONFERENCE CENTER
Hiking: The trail of Ten falls is a recognized 7-mile hike along the N and S forks of Silver Creek, through a temperate rain forest canyon. The 10 waterfalls reward sightseers from 27-128 feet in height No dogs or bikes allowed on the trail. There is also a 3-mile jogging trail. The day use area is open for picnics with over 200 tables. There is also a swimming pond and beach and day-use lodge. There is a fee for the facilities.
Silver Falls Conference Center is a day use meeting facility with four resort style lodges to accommodate 48 overnight guests (12 per lodge). One of the lodges is accessible for people with disabilities. The complex also includes two rustic cabins, each accommodating 4 persons. The adjacent Upper Smith Creek area has 8 cabins serving 22 or more. There is a total overnight capacity of 78 within the park.
VALLEY OF THE ROGUE STATE PARK
I-5, 12 Miles E of Grants Pass and 17 miles W of Medford on Rogue River.
The park offers 6 yurts and a group tent area. Other features include meeting hall, 1-mile interpretive trail, and group picnic reservations.
WOLF CREEK INN STATE HERITAGE SITE
Off I-5, 20 miles N of Grants Pass at Exit 76, at site of historic stagecoach stop.
There is an 8-room hotel with dining room. The Inn was historically known as Wolf Creek Tavern, one of Oregon’s oldest hostelries. In the early 1880s it served travelers on the Oregon-California stagecoach route North of Grants Pass. Meals continue to be served in the period-decorated dining room. There are 8 chambered rooms in the inn.
DESCHUTES RIVER STATE RECREATION AREA
I-84 Exit 97, 15 miles E of the Dalles at the confluence of the Deschutes and Columbia Rivers.
Experience white water rafting through waters known as Washout, Rattlesnake and Moody, testing your skills against the current with professional guides.. All tours are along the Deschutes River (last 25 miles of the river).
Hiking: Pick a designated hiking trail along the Deschutes River, upper and lower trails connect. Hike to Rattlesnake Viewpoint, and Ferry Springs Canyon. Bikers and horses not allowed on the trails. For biking take the old railroad bed for a 32-mile roundtrip along the river.. From March 1-June 30 you can ride on the 22 mile equestrian trail. Reservations required. Some part follow the bike route.
DESCHUTES RIVER COVERED WAGONS
Curl up under the canvas, shut your eyes to yester year, and suddenly you are back in time, jostling over the Oregon Trail behind a team of horses. These two state parks offer one of the most unique experiences in any state park – Conestoga Wagon Camping.
Features: Electricity, plywood flooring, beds, There is also an iron tripod with a coffeepot over a firepit with kindling and wood. Small wooden folding stools stored under the bunks. Bring your own bedding. Sitting decks in front and back, rooftop sunning deck, ample living area, air conditioning, complete bathroom with shower, full kitchen with microwave, sink, refrigerator, wet bar, cooking utensils, gas barbecue, and bunks. You need fishing gear, bedding, and food.
Conestoga Wagons: he park offers unique covered wagon rentals, see above for descriptions. Special features include equestrian trails (22 miles round trip by reservation only) 0.8 miles of hiking trails, Oregon Trail Exhibit, access to 17-mile biking trail, boating access from Heritage Landing, day -use area across the river.
LAPINE STATE PARK
Off US 97, 27 miles SW of Bend on the Upper Deschutes River.
Use the park as a base camp to explore the Deschutes River area. This is a great destination for year around activities, including hiking, swimming, and floating the river, fishing, wildlife, viewing and mountain biking. In the winter, enjoy snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and mountain views. Roads are maintained in the winter. There is a day use area with picnic tables.
The Big Tree is the largest ponderosa Pine in Oregon, hence the name of the park. The 500-year-old tree has a circumference of 626 inches.
Explore the nearby volcanic wonderland of Newberry national Volcanic Monument, with a crater and 5-mile wide caldera counting two popular fishing lakes (East Lake and Paulin Lake), obsidian fields, waterfalls and unique lava formations also nearby. The national monument features Lava Lands Visitor Center, Lava Cast Forest, the largest lava casts in the world, Lava River Cave, and nearby is Fort Rock State Natural Area in an ancient volcanic crater rising 325 feet above the sage brush.
Yurts: There are 3 yurts and 5 log cabins within the park. Special features include Oregon’s largest Ponderosa pine, log cabin meeting hall, and Fall River Falls.
PRINEVILL RESERVOIR STATE PARK
Off US 26, 14 miles SE of Prineville on a high desert lake.
This park is a haven for water sports such as water-skiing and swimming, boating, all on Prineville Reservoir. A boat ramp is located at the end of the day use parking lot, with a beach and swimming area. A bathhouse is located near the same area. Fish for trout, catfish and bass. The main campground has a fish cleaning station. Boat rentals, fuel meals and supplies are available at the Prineville Reservoir Resort, 3 miles E of the park.
Hunting for High Desert Treasures: Rockhounds collect many types of rocks in the area. There are several free and commercial diggings in the area. You will find agates, dendrites, white plume agates, various colored moss agates, green jasper, jasper interlaced with agate. Ochoco chalcedony, thunder eggs and petrified wood. For a really big rock, check out the Steins Pillar, a geological landmark locate don Mill Creek Road, 15 miles NE of Prineville.
Cabins: There are 3 cabins with deluxe amenities, boat ramp, moorage, and docks with access for water-skiers, fish cleaning station.
COVE PALISADES STATE PARK
Off US 97, 15 miles SW of Madras on the camyonland shore of Lake Billy Chinook.
Geologists believe that 10-12 million years ago, alternating layers of stream sediment, volcanic debris and basaltic lava flows from the Cascade Range were deposited into a huge basin in this area. Named the Deschutes Formation, these exposed layers of material were capped by lava flows from Cascade volcanoes 2 million years ago. The cap is known as the Rimrock Basalt, and it is seen throughout the park, high atop the cliffs. Hike through canyons and vertical cliffs.
Named the Cove by the original homesteaders the park has been a gathering area for those looking for recreation. The word Palisade refers to the tall column like rock structures seen in the basalt rimrocks.
Lake Billy Chinook was formed by the construction of Round Butte Dam n 1964, and was named in honor of a local member of the Wasco Tribe, who guided explorer John C. Fremont through the area in 1843.
A massive boulder called the Crooked River petroglyph is near the group camp. Relocated to its present location below a rock formation called Ship Rock, the massive boulder has mysterious symbols carved by the ancient inhabitants of the area.
Cabins: The park offers 3 log cabins with deluxe amenities, houseboat rentals, marina and general store, Deschutes campstore, accessible fishing pier, day-use areas with boat ramps (water-skiing access) and swimming areas, 10 miles of hiking trails, including 7-mile upper-elevation Tam-a-Lau Trail.
Houseboats: Four lumbering giant houseboats can be rented on Lake Bill Chinook (near Madras) to transport guests into a unique getaway that includes fishing, sunning or swimming. The lake is legendary for kokanee, trout and bass fishing, and with three rivers flowing into it, the fishing s always superb. Take your pick of three deluxe 14’ x 47’ boats that sleep ten, or one 14’ x 50’ boat that sleeps 12. Rentals are by the week, weekend, or during the midweek. Ask about discovery season discounts. The houseboats have beds with mattresses, kitchen with microwave oven, gas barbecue, restroom with shower, rooftop sunning deck and fore and aft sitting decks. Rentals are from late June to mid-October. You can motor to sculptured cliffs confining Lake Billy Chinook.
TUMALO STATE PARK
Tumalo State Park has a day use area with picnic sites shaded by large Ponderosa Pines, junipers and alders along the river. Fishing is great for German browns, rainbow trout in the Deschutes River. A swimming area is located nearby..
Attractions: Visit Pilot Butte State Scenic Viewpoint E of Bend with views of Central Oregon. Drive to the summit. Lava Lands are also nearby with fishing in the lakes at Newberry Crater. South of Bend is the High Desert Museum with trails.
Off US 20, 5 miles NW of Bend (Old McKenzie Bend Highway) on Deschutes River.
Yurts: and Teepees: The park offers 4 yurts, 2 teepees, group tent areas, and hiker/biker camps. The accommodations are uniquely designed with mattress pads, carpeting and electrical lighting. Teepees accommodate up to 5 persons. The yurts sleep 3, with fold-out couch for two , fire ring, picnic table and paved parking. Special features include riverside hiking trails, fly-fishing and group picnic reservations.
CLYDE HOLLIDAY STATE PARK
US 26, 8 miles W of John Day on the John Day River.
Teepees: The park offers 2 teepee rentals. Special features include outdoor amphitheater, variety of shade trees.
EMIGRANT SPRINGS STATE PARK
I-84, 26-miles SE of Pendleton, near the summit of a Blue Mountains Pass.
Cabins: The park offers 7 log cabins for rent. Other features include Oregon Trail exhibit, meeting hall, equestrian trail.
FAREWELL BEND STATE PARK
Off I-84, 25 miles NW of Ontario on the Snake River’s Brownlee Reservoir.
After following the Snake River for over 330 miles, pioneer travelers on the Oregon Trail bid farewell to the Snake River after resting above the bend in the river at this desert location now occupied by the Recreation Area. There are historic markers and displays in the area. Oregon Trail reminders included wagon ruts, still seen today. Watch for a small iron cross that marks the location where the Shoshone Indians battled with pioneer travelers in 1860.
Also visit the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center on Flagstaff Hill E of Baker City.
The park offers 3 covered camper wagons, (see Deschutes State Park for descriptions), 4 teepees, and 2 log cabins. Special features include the Oregon Trail exhibit, commemorative site light boat fishing dock, access to water-skiing and other water sports.
Visit the frontier town of Huntington. In 1870, Miller’s Stagecoach Station was established in Huntington before the coming of the railroad in 1884. It soon became the primary industry and shipping point for cattle. The town is named after two brothers who purchased it in 1882. It was a rugged frontier town, with saloons, Chinese opium dens and gunslingers.
Conestoga Wagon Rentals:Relive3 the adventure with an overnight in a covered wagon. They have modern comforts, such as electrical lighting and mattresses for beds, coffeepot outside on an iron tripod over a firepit with kindling and wood. Each wagon sleeps up to 4 persons. The park also offers teepees, with mattress pads, carpeting and electrical lighting. They sleep from 5-8 persons. There are 2 log cabins in the park both 13’ x 13’ structures, with 6 foot porches and a full bed and two bunks, with mattresses, slippage up to 4 persons. Each cabin has electricity and a space heater. The cabins are only rented year around.
LAKE OWYHEE STATE PARK and Succor Creek
Off OR Hwy. 201, 33 miles SW of Myssa
The park is adjacent to Owyhee Reservoir, a 53-mile long lake formed by Owyhee dam. Driving along the edge of the lake you will see an oasis against the stark canyon surroundings. The Gordon Gulch Day Use area has picnic areas and shade trees and boat ramp
The park is named after two Hawaiian Laborers who accompanied an early explorer searching for beavers for the Hudson Bay Company.
Succor Creek is said to refer to early travelers in the Snake River Basin, who having been saved by the creek’s freshwater, applied the name as a corruption of the Spanish word ocorro, meaning help or aid.
Lake Owyhee offers water sports, fishing for bass, crappie, catfish and trout. It is popular for water-skiing and boating. The Owyhee Mountains surround the lake. You may see California bighorn sheep[ or a mountain lion. The boater can stock up at the marina for supplies.
Teepees: The park offers 2 teepee rentals. Special features include boating access to 53-mile long reservoir on Owyhee River with spectacular canyonland views.
UNITY LAKE STATE PARK
OR 245, 50 miles E of John Day.
Teepees: The park offers 2 teepees, hiker/biker camp. Special features include spacious parking area for boat trailers, water-skiing access.
WALLOWA LAKE STATE PARK
Off or 82, 6 miles S of Joseph, at the foot of the Wallowa Mountains.
Yurts: The park offers 2 yurts group tent areas (3 areas), hiker/biker camp. Special features include marina with resolvable boat moorage, 1-mile nature trail and access to Eagle Cap Wilderness Area, with hiking and equestrian trails.
FRENCHGLEN HOTEL STATE HERITAGE SITE
This is a historic 8-room hotel with dining area, open mid-March to mid-November. Guests enjoy dinner and lodging amidst turn-of-the-century décor, reminiscent of the area’s cowboy frontier days. Surrounded by wide-open spaces of SE Oregon, the hotel is near the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and the Steens Mountain Recreation Area.
HECETA HEAD LIGHTHOUSE - (See Lighthouse Section)