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Big Bend Recreation Site

John Day River

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Big Bend Recreation Site

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Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Adjacency to John Day River. Swimming hole.
Cons: 
Few amenities. Adjacent to highway.
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Region:
John Day + Blue Mountains Area, OR
Congestion: 
Low
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Camping fee: 
$5.00
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
Not Required
Tent/Car sites: 
4
Picnic Tables: 
Yes
Dogs allowed: 
Yes
Current Local Weather:
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Light rain throughout the day.
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39°

Tue

Light rain overnight.
61°F
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Wed

Light rain until evening and breezy in the evening.
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Thu

Light rain starting in the afternoon.
54°F
32°

Fri

Light snow in the morning.
60°F
34°

Sat

Mostly cloudy starting in the afternoon.
69°F
34°

Sun

Light rain until evening.
63°F
40°
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Campground Description

Campground Description

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As the name implies, Big Bend Recreation Site's four campsites dominate the northern bank in a big bend of the John Day River just a few miles northeast of Kimberly, Oregon. The Bureau of Land Management charges a modest $5 per night to camp at these relatively primitive and very spacious campsites. Although the campground provides little refuge from the area's intense summer sun, the river's waters slow to create an ideal swimming hole.

Should Big Bend's four first-come, first-served campsites be full, try Lone Pine Recreation Site just a mile and a half further west on Highway 402.

Note: Due to the arid landscape, campfires are often banned during the summer months. See the recreation site's bulletin board for postings.

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Location + Directions

Location + Directions

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(1 within a 30 mile radius)

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(4 within a 30 mile radius)

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