A very pretty and green State Park in a great location to explore the John Day area in NE Oregon
- Site Quality = 4/5
Very nice site quality here with just a few small dings. There are a total of 31 paved sites, 30 of which are back-in, one pull-through with 50 Amp/water at each site plus picnic table, fire-pit and waste water dump. Sites 1-4 are uneven, but the rest are very flat/level. As is common in Oregon State Parks inner facing sites are at a right-angles to the road and better accessed by smaller rigs while outer-facing sites are angled and easily accessible for any-sized big-rig (longest site is 86 feet!). The most impressive thing here is the green and there is masses of it! Sites are extremely well-spaced with lots of trees, flowers, grass and very pretty landscaping, plus the lovely John Day river running right behind the campground. Three of the sites (#5, 7, 9) even have views of the river out the back. It really is a beautiful setting. The only ding is the proximity to Hwy 26. There is definitely some road noise here, more so if you chose one of the sites on the road-side (#23-#31). However if you park in one of the river-facing sites (#5-15) you’ll be quite relaxed.
Note/ In addition to the RV sites there is also a hiker/biker camp ($5/night) and two reservable Tepees ($44/night)
- Facilities = 3.5/5
Very nice facilities here. Clean flush toilets and large (really big -> the largest I’ve seen at a State Park) individual shower stalls with spacious separate bench/clothing area. Only ding is showers have those annoying spray heads plus timer buttons. However they have very good water pressure and temp. Pleasant green day-use area plus on-site dump station.
- Location = 4/5
Really nice location here. You are right next to the lovely John Day river and only a few miles from the town of John Day which has shopping, food & the excellent Kam Wah Chung Heritage Site. To the west you are only ~40 mins from the Sheep Rock section of John Day Fossil Bed National Monument. Also a lovely hiking trail leaves the park and follows the river to a nearby pond (fishing/viewing). Only ding? You are rather close to Hwy 26 and will hear road noise from camp.
- Pet Friendliness = 5/5
Excellent location for doggie & paws. Lots of green space in camp to roam around, plus very pleasant hiking trail next to the river.
Overall Rating = 4.1
BONUS ALERT = Camp right next to the lovely John Day River!
Summary: We’d heard good things about this State Park before coming here and it did not disappoint. The biggest pluses are the location and the landscaping. You are only 6 miles from the cute town of John Day to the east and ~40 mins from the Sheep Rock Section of the John Day Fossil Bed National Monument to the west. Between the two you’ll have good shopping, food and lots of sightseeing including the most excellent Kam Wah Chung Heritage Site and the stunning hiking trails in the Blue Basin. Within the park the sites are lovely -> very nice separation, spacious and green with lots of grass, trees and flowers and the lovely John Day river flowing right behind the park. Sites are all paved back-ins with 50amp/water, picnic table, fire-pit and waste water dump. A cute little path takes you for a hike along the river right from the park to a lovely pond for fishing and relaxing, and in springtime the trees are flowering all around. It really is a gorgeous setting! The only real ding? You are close to Hwy 26 here and will hear road-noise especially if you take one of the sites closest to the road (#23-31). However, if you manage to grab one of the sites on the river-side (#5-15) the noise is not really bothersome. We enjoyed our stay and would definitely come back.
Extra Info: Decent/stable Verizon signal (3 bars of 3G, no 4G). RV sites cost $24/night (50Amp electric/water) in summer, $20/night in winter. 31 sites all first-come-first-serve (no reservations). Two reservable Teepees ($44/night). On-site flush toilets, showers, trash and dump.
Extra, Extra Info – OTHER CAMPING: If the State Park is full or you decide you’d rather stay right in town Grant County Fairgrounds has a very pleasant RV park walking distance to downtown John Day. Sites cost $10/night for dry camping or $27/night for full hookups. If you want to stay further west closer to the John Day Fossil Beds then Fish House Inn & RV ($25/night+tax for FHU) offers a very nice setting in Dayville, OR just minutes from the Sheep Rock Section of the Monument.
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