Red Bridge State Wayside lies along Oregon Highway 244 and offers visitors overnight camping and daytime opportunities. Situated along the banks of the Grande Ronde River, the park is forested with ponderosa pine and cottonwoods. Uncrowded, quiet summer evenings greet campers and day-users alike. Enjoy a day of fishing or cool off in the gentle waters of the river.
Located in the heart of the Blue Mountains, the park can serve your needs as a base camp for big game hunting, mushrooming or simply exploring the miles of national forest within easy driving distance of the park. Take a drive and partake in local activities in nearby La Grande.
Red Bridge is convenient to the full services of La Grande, including emergency services, restaurants, shopping and many community events. Whether you need a place to picnic, or camp in a forest setting, Red Bridge State Park can fulfill your needs.
The original land was acquired in an exchange with the Mt. Emily Lumber Company in 1951. In 1961, the Boise Cascade Corporation gave the state the abandoned railroad right-of-way crossing the park. Reportedly, the old highway bridge over the Grande Ronde River was maintained in red paint by Union County, and thus, the park name.