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Clyde Holliday State Recreation Site

Near John Day, Oregon, United States

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The day-use area is open with reduced services. Pack out trash. Do not travel far to visit. Be prepared to turn around if full. Facilities may close without notice.


Some services are reduced:

  • 31 electrical sites with water (first come, first served)
  • 2 reservable tepees CLOSED for 2020
  • Hiker/biker camp
  • Hot showers and flush toilets REDUCED HOURS
  • Firewood and ice sales MAY BE UNAVAILABLE
  • RV dump station
  • Horseshoe pits
  • Outdoor amphitheater with summer interpretive programs MAY BE CANCELLED

The information below applies to pre-COVID-19 operations.


Think of Clyde Holliday State Recreation Site as an oasis. Its tall, willowy cottonwood trees provide shade and serenity. Each campsite is clothed with a variety of trees and other plants to give you that private, secluded feeling. The park borders the beautiful John Day River and is surrounded on all sides by some of Oregon's most pristine wilderness areas. You're as likely to have wildlife neighbors as human ones: the majestic Rocky Mountain elk and mule deer are frequent visitors. You can experience the thrill of seeing steelhead rush upriver to spawn. The park lies in the shadow of the Strawberry Mountain Range just a short drive away. 

Note to visitors:  Mosquitoes are especially active during May-July.  Please prepare accordingly!

Tepee Camping 

  • Amenities include a wooden bench, space heater and vinyl covered sleeping pads for 8 people
  • If you arrive after 9 p.m., please do not disturb the Campground Host.  The tepee will be unlocked and the key will be inside.


Effective Sep 18, 2020
 Campfires are banned in all state parks, including campgrounds, day-use areas, and beaches. The ban includes wood, charcoal briquettes, candles, tiki torches and other devices that emit flames or embers. Propane stoves and other cooking devices that have an immediate shutoff valve are allowed for cooking only. Locally, park managers have discretion to allow fires in designated campfire rings only if conditions have improved enough to do so. 

mdi-white-balance-sunny Open for day use Year Round
COVID-19 may affect dates
mdi-tent Open for camping Mar 1 – Nov 30
COVID-19 may affect dates
mdi-cellphone Call for reservations: 800-452-5687
Call for info: 800-551-6949
Call park: 541-932-4453
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Amenities & Features


The land was purchased in 1971 from Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Holliday and by a transfer from the Department of Transportation in 1976.

Brochures and Maps

mdi-file-pdf-box Clyde Holliday campground brochure and map

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Some parks are open for day-use and camping, with reduced services. Check the Park Status Map and FAQ for details. Campfire restrictions may be in place.