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Bates State Park

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State Park

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  • Drive-In
    Park next to your site
  • Walk-In
    Park in a lot, walk to your site.
  • Hike-In
    Backcountry sites.

Stay Connected

  • WiFi
  • Verizon
  • AT&T
  • T-Mobile

Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • RV Sites
  • Group
  • Tent Cabin


For Campers

  • ADA Access
  • Trash
  • Picnic Table
  • Firewood Available
  • Drinking Water
  • Toilets
  • Pets
  • Fires

For Vehicles

  • Big Rig Friendly


3 Reviews of Bates State Park

Ratings Breakdown

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CThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2021


Used it as a stop over on a trip between Wallowa SP and Redmond, OR. No reservations, no problem, as there were only 3 other RVs when we arrived at about 5 pm.

Green grassy area, gravel roads and pads. No hookups, nice day use area, nice short trails, and local history of the site.

Month of VisitJuly
Kelli B.
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2018

Hidden State Park

This is a Primitive Campground. No RV Hook Ups. Reservations Cannot be made.

Sites are spacious and pads are gravel. Perfect campground to spend the night in after taking in John Day and heading for Baker City, OR.

There is no playground, but a nice picnic area is available.

  • Campsites
  • Picnic Area
Month of VisitJuly
Mary G.
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2017

A little growing up to do...

The drive from Salem to John Day took about 6.5 hours. Then I spent the afternoon and early evening looking for a campground (my first campground fell through when my Mazda 3 couldn’t climb the last few miles…a story for another day). Before long, the storm clouds began to gather, lightening began…

  • Bates State Park
  • My campsite. Listening to the rain in my little pop-up tent.
  • Pavilion that can be rented. There is space for tent group camping.
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Month of VisitAugust


Bates State Park is located in Oregon

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Bates State Park was once the site of a thriving lumber mill and an adjacent company town set in a lush valley in the Blue Mountains. The mill closed in the mid-1970s. Families--and in some instances their houses--moved to nearby Prairie City and John Day. The mill buildings and town were dismantled; the land sat empty for more than 35 years. The memory of Bates lives on in many of its community members, and the site is now a state park, thanks in large part to their efforts. When you visit or stay at the park, look for the interpretive panels that describe Bates life in the early to mid 20th century and the steps taking place now to restore the land and waterways. You can explore Bates on the more than three miles of hiking trails. Viewpoints along the trails overlook the park, old mill pond and valley. The 131-acre park lies along the Middle Fork John Day River, Bridge Creek and Clear Creek. Check the Oregon Department Fish & Wildlife website for fishing regulations. Campground info 28 primitive sites for tents or self-contained RVs (first come, first served) Vault toilets Potable water Hiker/biker camp with six sites and electric plug-ins Universal access: 3 campsites are accessible to campers with disabilities.


44.59266808621033 N
118.50984774278096 W

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