Cottonwood Canyon State Park opens Sept. 28 (2013)


Hikes and fishing & birding clinics set for the weekend

Look for the Cottonwood Canyon brand at trailheads and in developed areas of the park. We asked schoolkids in both Sherman and Gilliam counties to help us create a symbol for the park -- a nod to the area's ranching heritage. We received more than 80 drawings and the final was selected by public vote. Cash Helms from Condon, Isabella Mills and Jordan Barrett from Grass Valley came up with most popular idea.

Look for the Cottonwood Canyon brand at trailheads and in developed areas of the park. We asked schoolkids in both Sherman and Gilliam counties to help us create a symbol for the park — a nod to the area’s ranching heritage. We received more than 80 drawings and the brand was selected by public vote. Cash Helms from Condon, Isabella Mills and Jordan Barrett from Grass Valley came up with the most popular idea.

You can camp, too, at Lone Tree Campground! The 21-site main campground is first-come, first-served and is designed for tents or self-contained RVs and has running water and vault-style restrooms, but no showers. Seven sites are available in the hiker/biker camp and the group tent camp has room for up to 25 people.

The campground sits near the John Day River, which is the spine of the roughly 8,000 acre park. About 8 miles of the river curves through the park, an oasis for elk, bighorn sheep, chukar, snakes, lizards and waterfowl. You can explore the riverbanks downstream along the Pinnacles Trail on the north bank and the Lost Corral Trail on the south. Both trails are 4.3 miles one way.

Events planned

Saturday, Sept. 28

  • 9-11:30 a.m.:  2-mile guided hike by Cottonwood rangers—meet at the trailhead parking lot near the campground. Learn about the area’s cultural and natural history, plus talk about the past, present and future of the park.
  • 10 a.m and 1 p.m.: Fishing clinic (for youth under the age of 12) and “Let’s Go Birding”
  • 1 p.m : “Wind and Water: The Legacy of the American-style Windmill” presentation

Sunday, Sept. 29

  • 9-11:30 a.m.:  2-mile guided hike by Cottonwood rangers—meet at the trailhead parking lot near the campground. Learn about the area’s cultural and natural history, plus talk about the past, present and future of the park.
  • 10 a.m and 1p.m.: Fishing clinic (for youth under the age of 12) and “Let’s Go Birding”

How do I get to the park?

The park is located on Highway 206 between Condon and Wasco. Because the park is new, online mapping services may not show the park name or location. Visit the park online map you’ll see a green pin that represents the latitude and longitude coordinates for the park entrance road.  Add your location and then select “Get Directions” for driving directions to the main park entrance.

Cottonwood Canyon State Park web page

Trail guide, campground map & recreation info

Cottonwood Canyon Lone Tree Campground site

Regular campsites are $9 a night May -September, then $5 a night October-April. The park and campground are open all year.

Posted on September 19, 2013, in event, Oregon State Park trails, park improvements, state parks, wildlife and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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