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Cottonwood Canyon State Park

  COVID-19 Alert 05/21/20
Park is open to limited daytime use. Restrooms are open. J.S. Burres/Cottonwood Bridge and Starvation Lane and all boat accesses to the John Day River are open. Camping, including dispersed camping, remains closed.

Check our Park Status Map for a list of open parks and our FAQ page for details on this decision.
Major Features & Activities:
  • Camping (ADA)
  • Cabin (ADA)
  • Hiking Trails
  • Picnicking (ADA)
  • Fishing
  • Horse Trails
  • Potable Water
  • Vault Toilets (ADA)
  • Wildlife
  • Open Year Round
  • Restrooms Flush (ADA)
  • Boat Ramp
  • Hot Shower (ADA)

COVID-19 UPDATE: The park is OPEN to limited daytime use, including J.S. Burres/Cottonwood Bridge, Starvation Lane and all boat accesses to the John Day River. Restrooms are open. Camping, including dispersed camping, remains closed. 


Cottonwood Canyon State Park is rugged and vast, from the vertical cliffs carved by the John Day River to deep side canyons and arid, rocky grasslands that extend for miles in all directions. The park’s 8,000-plus acres are open for exploring, stargazing and contemplating the elemental forces that carved this unique landscape.

The Pinnacles Trail and the Lost Corral Trail, each 4.3 miles one way, follow either side of the John Day River downstream. The Lost Corral Trail, leaving from JS Burres, is open to both hikers, bikers and equestrians. The Pinnacles Trail, leaving from the end of the campground, is open to bikers and hikers.

Upstream, the Hard Stone Trail is open to foot traffic only. Or, you can strike out on your own along old, unmaintained ranching roads that lead into the back country. The J.S. Burres day-use area is a popular boat launch for rafts, kayaks, canoes and drift boats.

If you’re an angler, the John Day River has steelhead, catfish, carp and small mouth bass. As an added bonus, there’s another 10,000 acres of public land surrounding the park managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

Whether you come to Cottonwood Canyon for hiking, camping, boating, horseback riding, fishing or hunting, consider a few basic steps to stay safe. Carry plenty of water; potable water is available only at the developed day-use area and in the campground. Have a plan for your day, and tell someone about it. The park doesn’t have cell phone coverage anywhere, so you can’t rely on your phone in an emergency.

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Lone Tree Campground Information:

  • 21 primitive sites for tents or self-contained RVs (First come, first served)
  • 14 primitive walk-in tent sites (First come, first served)
  • 4 rustic cabins (Reservable) 2 are pet-friendly. See our Pets in Parks FAQ for more info.
  • 1 primitive group site for tents or self-contained RVs (First come, first served)
  • Day Use Area (Reservable)
  • Picnic Shelter (Reservable)
  • Meeting Hall (Reservable)
  • Potable Water
  • Vault Toilets & Flush Toilets
  • Showers