Big new Oregon park opens near Wasco on the John Day River

Dylan J. Darling / The Bulletin Published Sep 26, 2013 at 05:00AM
The John Day River flows through the new Cottonwood Canyon State Park. The new state park, between Wasco and Condon, opens to the public this weekend. To see a video about the park, visit
Unlike the groomed lawns of state parks in the Willamette Valley, Cottonwood Canyon State Park along the John Day River is defined by rugged terrain. The new state park is the state’s second largest.
The Lone Tree Campground in Cottonwood Canyon State Park has 21 campsites and views of cliffs flanking the John Day River.