Farewell Bend State Recreation Area

  General Advisory 09/15/16
Water level is low, only (1) dock currently in the water. Effective 1-31 October 2016 Brownlee and Catfish camp loops will be a First Come, First Served basis only, and will close on November 1, 2016.
Symbols represent major park features and activities.  Blue icons mean some or all are ADA accessible.

Major Park Features:
  • Camping (ADA)
  • Reservable
  • Cabin (ADA)
  • Hiking Trails (ADA)
  • Dump Station
  • Picnicking
  • Hiker Biker
  • Open Year Round
  • Restrooms Flush (ADA)
  • Hot Shower (ADA)
  • Exhibit Information (ADA)
  • Wildlife (ADA)
  • Fishing (ADA)
  • Ampitheater
  • Boat Ramp
  • Day-Use Fee

This park and campground are within the path of totality for the Aug. 21, 2017 solar eclipse. See our Solar Eclipse web page for details.

Historic Farewell Bend State Recreation Area is located on the Oregon/Idaho border northwest of Ontario, exit 353 off I-84.  We offer 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 region.

Brownlee Reservoir offers fishing, water skiing and boating. There are horseshoe pits, basketball hoops and a sand volleyball court for you to enjoy. Best of all, while resting from the day's activities, you can enjoy the scenery and amenities. Picnic on the cool grass, roast marshmallows over your campfire.  If you are lucky, you'll see wildlife like deer, pronghorn, geese, eagles, chukars, and quail.   Evening interpretive programs are presented from Memorial Day through Labor Day.  See events for dates and times.

Parking permits are needed all year to use the park's large, shaded day-use area and boat ramp.  Display a daily permit, a 12 or 24 month pass, or your camping receipt.  A camping receipt is equal to a daily permit for those days registered if displayed on the driver's side of your vehicle's dashboard. Purchase a daily permit at the registration booth or at a day-use fee station. You can also call 1-800-551-6949.

Boat Ramp:  Open.    Check current water levels at the Idaho Power website

Campground information:
Antelope Loop -  is open for year round camping on a First Come, First Served basis.

Brownlee & Catfish Loops:

  •  Available by reservation only May 1st through September 30th, 2016

Our two Cabins are available for reservations year round; call 1-800-452-5687

Park Amenities

  • More than 90 electrical sites with water
  • Approximately 30 tent sites with water nearby
  • Hiker/biker sites
  • Two log cabins (open year-round)
  • Group tent camp
  • Hot showers and flush toilets
  • Firewood and ice sales
  • RV dump station
  • Horseshoe pits, basketball hoops, and volleyball court

Universal Access
Both cabins and electrical site are accessible to campers with disabilities.