Farewell Bend State Recreation Area

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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. Check current water levels at the Idaho Power website. 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.  The 12 or 24 month permits are sold at the registration booth.  You can also call 1-800-551-6949. 

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

Brownlee & Catfish Loops:

  • Available by reservations only May 1st thru September 30th
  • Closed to Reservations October 1st and become a First come, First served basis only thru October 31st
  • Closed for the Winter season November 1st

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.