Farewell Bend State Recreation Area

Historic Farewell Bend State Recreation Area is located on the Oregon/Idaho border northwest of Ontario, exit 353 off I-84.  We offer 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.  See Events tab for dates and times.

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 .

Campground information:  Cabins are available for reservations March 1, 2017 through November 30, 2017. Six campsites in Catfish Loop are available on a first come first served basis without water.  Restrooms/showers in that loop are open.  As snow melts and as sites are cleared through March, more campsites will become available. 

Park Amenities
• More than 90 electrical sites with water
• Approximately 30 tent sites with water nearby
• Hiker/biker sites
• Two log cabins (open year-round; 1 pet-friendly)
• Group tent camp
• Hot showers and flush toilets
• Firewood and ice sales
• RV dump station
• Horseshoe pits and volleyball court

Universal Access
Both cabins and electrical site are accessible to campers with disabilities.