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Big Bend Recreation Site

John Day River

John Day + Blue Mountains Area, Oregon

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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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Partly cloudy until evening.
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Partly cloudy starting in the afternoon, continuing until evening.
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Partly cloudy in the morning.
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Tue

Partly cloudy until afternoon.
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Mostly cloudy overnight.
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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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(1 within a 30 mile radius)

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(4 within a 30 mile radius)

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