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Pets allowed
Allowed
Guided tours
No
Backcountry camping
Yes
Lodging
No
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A year after Wheeler County, Oregon was officially formed in 1900, John and Mary Spray established a post office on the banks of the John Day River. Over a century later, Spray's settlement is barely even a town, boasting just a few general stores and a gas station. But therein lies Spray's charm: the escape from development.

This little town of fewer than 200 residents hosts a quaint and surprisingly full-service community park, however. No doubt the park's main attraction is its access to the John Day River, whether for floating, fishing, or taking a swim on a hot, dry summer day. The park also features restrooms, a large picnic shelter, and six first-come, first-served walk-in tent campsites. The campsites are $12 per night, and a $5 fee is charged for boat launches.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

Access to John Day River. Well shaded.

Cons

Campsites provide little privacy.

Features

Backcountry camping
Flushing toilets
Boat ramp(s)
Potable water
Picnic tables
Covered picnic areas

Location

Field Guide

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