Farewell Bend State Recreation Area

  General Advisory 03/01/17
Boat Ramp is open. Cabins are available for reservations March 1,2017 through November 30, 2017. Campsites in Catfish Loop are available on a first come first served basis without water. Restrooms/showers in that loop are open.
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
  • Cabins/Yurts Pets OK (ADA)
  • 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 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 periodically presented from Memorial Day through Labor Day.  See Events tab for dates and times.

Parking permits are needed 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:  Closed.     Current water levels at the Idaho Power website .

Campground info

  • 91 electrical sites with water 
  • 30 tent sites with water nearby
  • Hiker/biker camp
  • Two log cabins (open year-round, one pet friendly)
  • Group tent camp
  • Hot showers and flush toilets
  • Firewood and ice sales
  • RV dump station
  • Horsehoe pits, basketball hoops and volleyball court

         Universal Access
         One electrical campsite and both cabins are accessible to campers with disabilities.