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For more information about Cottonwood Canyon State Park, visit our blog at: https://cottonwoodcanyon.org
Annual overnight attendance: 10,536
Annual day-use attendance: 31,244
Cottonwood Canyon State Park FAQ
No. There is no cell phone coverage at the park, including the campground, day-use area and river trails. Do not rely on cell phones for emergency communications.
Check the information station for latest information about wildlife, river conditions, fire danger and more. If you’re hiking alone, consider stopping at the Visitor Station to record your planned returned time. We’re not monitoring your trip, or launching a search if you don’t return by your stated time. Take plenty of water and dress for the weather. Vault toilets are available only in developed day-use areas. Also consider carrying a hat, first-aid kit, large bandanna, knife, flashlight and matches. And, always wear solid hiking boots or shoes. For more information see our "What to Do at Cottonwood" page.
No problem if the RV is self-contained. Cottonwood does not have sewer hook-ups; electric hook-ups or individual water hook-ups.
Potable water is centrally located in the camp loop but is not available individual at each site. Tanks can be filled in the day use parking area.
There is no sewer dump and the closest dump station is 30 minutes away.
Yes. Cottonwood has 2 vault toilets in the campground area without running water. Flush restrooms and shower facilities are available in the cabin area.
Campfires are allowed in the campground at campsite fire rings. Campfires are typically banned from early summer to late fall, June 1 to Sept. 30. For up to date fire restriction information, please refer to the park alert banner, or visit cottonwoodcanyon.org
Yes, fishing is allowed per regulations set by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Hunting is open outside the developed areas of the park per regulations set by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Visitors may see hunters and their harvests during the late summer through mid-winter depending on the hunting seasons. Hunting areas begin approx. 1 mile from developed areas. Open areas are posted.
The John Day River is closed to motorized watercraft year-round between Clarno and Cottonwood Bridge and is closed seasonally from May 1 to September 30 between Cottonwood Bridge and Tumwater Falls. The river is closed to personal watercraft (jet skis) year-round upstream of Tumwater Falls.
Yes, but leave them alone; they won’t bite unless threatened. Look for more information at the park and trail heads. If you’re bitten by any kind of snake, get to a hospital emergency room as quickly as possible.
More than likely, they’re ticks. Most active in spring and early summer, they find their way to you in long grass and brush. Although not poisonous, ticks can spread diseases. Avoiding Ticks