Historic Farewell Bend State Recreation Area is located on the Oregon/Idaho border northwest of Ontario, exit 353 off I-84. Enjoy a beautiful desert experience on the banks of the Snake River’s Brownlee Reservoir. 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.
Brownlee Reservoir offers fishing, water skiing and boating. There are horseshoe pits 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 quail. Evening interpretive programs are periodically presented from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Parking permits are needed 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. You can also call 1-800-551-6949.
Boat Ramp: Closed. Current water levels at the Idaho Power website .
• 91 electrical sites with water
• 30 tent sites with water nearby
• Hiker/biker camp
• Two log cabins (open March 1 through November 30; 1 pet-friendly)
• Group tent camp
• Hot showers and flush toilets
• Firewood and ice for sale
• RV dump station
• Horseshoe pits, basketball hoops and volleyball court
Both cabins and one electrical site are accessible to campers with disabilities.