Open Year-round
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Reservations possible?
No
RV Hookups
No
Potable water
No
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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.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

Adjacency to John Day River. Swimming hole.

Cons

Few amenities. Adjacent to highway.

Pets allowed

Allowed

Managed by

Bureau of Land Management

Features

Vault toilet
Swimming holes

Location

Field Guide

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