Description - Historic Farewell Bend State Recreation Area 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.
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Farewell Bend State Recreation Area
- 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. The campground offers 91 electrical sites, 45 primitive sites and four walk-in tent sites. Three covered camper wagons, four tepees and two log cabins are also available for overnight stays. 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! The park's lighted boat ramp offers boater, water skiers and anglers access to Brownlee Reservoir. 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, swim in Brownlee Reservoir, spend the night in an authentic covered wagon or Native American teepee, roast marshmallows over your campfire or attend an evening interpretive program at the amphitheater.
Recreation - This highly developed park offers a range of outdoor recreation opportunities. The most popular activities include camping, boating, fishing, water skiing, swimming, picnicking, viewing historic sites and exhibits, viewing wildlife, bird watching, attending interpretive programs, cabin stays, tepee stays and covered wagon stays.
Climate - Climate in Eastern Oregon varies greatly with elevation. The higher elevations experience colder temperatures and higher precipitation than the lower elevations. The region is much more arid and experiences greater temperature variations than western Oregon. Much of Eastern Oregon is considered high desert, where in some areas annual precipitation is less than 10 inches. Summer temperatures often reach 90 degrees in the lower elevations. Winters can be bitterly cold here, although there is little humidity. The mountains can receive heavy snowfall. If visiting the region during the summer months be prepared for afternoon thunderstorms and chilly evening temperatures. Snow may be encountered on high country trails throughout the summer months.
Farewell Bend State Park is located near the Oregon-Idaho border, off I-84, 25 miles northwest of Ontario.