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Farewell Bend State Recreation Area

  COVID-19 Alert 05/11/20
Effective May 11, 2020: The main day-use area and boat ramp are open. The park office and the day-use area near the office are closed. Bring your own water, food and hand sanitizer. Do not travel far to visit.
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)
  • Reservable
  • Cabin (ADA)
  • Hiking Trails (ADA)
  • Dump Station
  • Picnicking
  • Cabins/Yurts Pets OK (ADA)
  • Hiker Biker
  • Open Year Round
  • Restrooms Flush (ADA)
  • Hot Shower (ADA)
  • Exhibit Information (ADA)
  • Wildlife (ADA)
  • Fishing (ADA)
  • Amphitheater
  • Boat Ramp

COVID-19 UPDATE: The main day-use area and boat ramp are open. The park office and the day-use area near the office are closed. Bring your own water, food and hand sanitizer. Do not travel far to visit.  

Historic Farewell Bend State Recreation Area is located on the Oregon/Idaho border northwest of Ontario, exit 353 off I-84. The park features 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 the Snake River Water Trail and other regional attractions.

Brownlee Reservoir offers fishing, water skiing and boating. Current water levels are posted on the Idaho Power website .

There are horseshoe pits, sand volleyball court and picnic areas for you to enjoy. You may even see wildlife, including deer, pronghorn, geese, eagles, chukars, and quail. Evening interpretive programs are periodically presented from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Click the Events tab for dates and times.

ADVISORY:  Mosquito populations can be high during summer.

Campground info

  • 91 electrical sites with water (one is ADA accessible)
  • 30 tent sites with water nearby
  • Hiker/biker camp
  • Two log cabins (open March 1-Nov. 30. Both ADA accessible. One pet friendly; see our Pets in Parks FAQ for more info.)
  • Group tent camp
  • Hot showers and flush toilets
  • Firewood and ice for sale
  • RV dump station
  • Horsehoe pits, basketball hoops and volleyball court
  • Fish Cleaning station
  • Check-in after 4pm,  Check-out by 1pm