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Come out to the park next week

September 18, 2013

We’ll do a ceremony with our neighbors and partners on Sept. 25, then the first full weekend for the park will be Sept. 28-29. The tent campground will be open (running water, vault toilets), but parts may still close every once in a while as construction finishes up later into fall. Our schedule the last weekend in September:

Saturday, Sept. 28

9-11:30 AM: 2 mile Guided Hike by Cottonwood Staff—meet at the trailhead parking lot near the campground; hike will talk about the cultural and natural history of the area plus talk about the past, present and future of Cottonwood State Park

10 AM and 1 PM: Fishing clinic (for youth under the age of 12) and “Let’s Go Birding”

1 PM: “Wind and Water; The Legacy of the American-style Windmill” presentation

Sunday, Sept. 29

9-11:30 AM: 2 mile Guided Hike by Cottonwood Staff—meet at the trailhead parking lot near the campground; hike will talk about the cultural and natural history of the area plus talk about the past, present and future of Cottonwood State Park

10 AM and 1 PM: Fishing clinic (for youth under the age of 12) and “Let’s Go Birding”

Photos from this week:

 

campground

gatelatch helpersfromsilverfalls sagesteptrail windmill

17 Comments leave one →
  1. September 18, 2013 6:08 pm

    I would love to be there but I will be volunteering at the Nature Store at Silver Falls State Park this weekend. Have a fantastic opening!

    • September 18, 2013 6:11 pm

      Thanks to you, and every other volunteer, who donate their time to make state parks even more special. You rock.

  2. Katrina Bowser permalink
    September 19, 2013 4:33 pm

    When can we take our motor home there to visit the park?

    • September 19, 2013 4:38 pm

      The campground is primitive — no water, power or sewer hookups — but you’re welcome to bring your RV for self-contained camping. A couple of the sites in the main campground are pull-through. There is running water in the campground, just not at each site.

      • Katrina Bowser permalink
        September 21, 2013 2:30 am

        Are there never going to be full hook ups?

      • September 30, 2013 5:31 pm

        Never full-hookups, no. It is possible we’ll add an RV dump station at some point in the future, but our emphasis is on tent camping at this park at the moment. Perhaps some rustic cabins, too.

  3. Bruce Griffin permalink
    September 21, 2013 6:36 am

    I’m interest in the hunting opportunities, Upland game birds in particular. How I would I go about finding information on where to hunt, species availability , that sort of thing. Most interested in upland game birds. Thank you, can’t wait to visit!

    • September 30, 2013 5:27 pm

      More information on hunting public lands is available from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, but most of the park is open to hunting (there are signs marking the no-hunt area … basically around the developed facilities). This is a pack-it-in/pack-it-out park and we ask you not dress game inside the developed park area. Chukar are popular here.

  4. desia permalink
    September 23, 2013 7:05 pm

    If I brought my vintage camp trailer, can I use a generator? Also, we float the John Day almost every year. Where is the campground located in proximity to Clarno and Service Creek? Really looking forward to joining you all soon!

    • September 30, 2013 5:08 pm

      Yes, generators are allowed except during quiet hours (10 p.m. – 7 a.m.). The southern edge of the park is a 3-5 day float downstream from Clarno.

  5. Terry Henderson permalink
    September 24, 2013 8:51 pm

    Let’s hope there never going to be full hook ups! Keep it primitive.

    • September 30, 2013 5:07 pm

      As the park matures and we get more of the riverside plants restored, we hope to open up a couple walk-in tent sites downstream from the developed portion of the park. It is remotely possible there will be a few RV sites in the distant future, but our emphasis is on tent camping for the moment.

  6. Carol Smith permalink
    September 25, 2013 9:01 pm

    i have a self contained 20ft motorhome. Are there spaces available this weekend.

    • September 30, 2013 5:06 pm

      Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. The primitive campground is perfect for a small self-contained RV like yours, and while we don’t take reservations, there should be plenty of room (even on weekends) until spring.

  7. Billy Bibbitt permalink
    September 26, 2013 5:16 pm

    Can anyone post photos of the campground? I see the one photo above, but want to see more. Is there (or will there be) grassy or duffy areas to set up a tent? Or is it all on gravel for now? And, yes, I am strictly a tent camper.

    Thanks in advance!

    • September 30, 2013 4:59 pm

      It’s going to take a while for the landscaping to take hold, and even then, most of the camping area is indeed graveled to keep the very loose soil from either compacting or blowing away. Here’s one photo of the hiker-biker camp from the opening week. You can see the tent camp in the background:

      Campground

  8. Barbara Marin permalink
    September 28, 2013 2:43 am

    Thank you for preserving this beautiful land that my father and his family grew up on, and his siblings lived on for many years. The Opening Ceremony was very special to the Murtha family, thank you to everyone who attended, it was a very special day for all. So happy that future generations will be able to enjoy this beautiful State Park in Oregon!

    Barbara Marin (Murtha)

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