Farewell Bend State Recreation Area
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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 and covered wagon stays.
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 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, roast marshmallows over your campfire or attend an evening interpretive program at the amphitheater.
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