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Bates State Park

Old West Scenic Bikeway

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

  • More than 28 primitive sites for tents or self-contained RVs
  • Vault toilet
  • Potable water
  • Hiker/Biker camp with six sites and electric plug-in

Universal Access
Three campsites are accessible to campers with disabilities.


Ross Anderson

Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Extremely well maintained park in a beautifulsetting. Great for even larger RVs given they only have restrooms and access to clean water. No power and no dump station. All parking sites are level and at least 50 feet long. Really beautiful area and worth exploring.

Wandervans Chris

Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017
Nice new state park with camping and hiking. There is a nice little lake and trails. Trees are not big enough to provide a lot of shade yet.

Anne Allshouse

Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018
Loved our stay here in the RV. Great hiking trails and lots of scenery for pictures.

Greater Grant County

Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Very NICE historical State Park. Built in memory of former logging town Bates, Oregon. Fish or relax around Bates mill pond. View fish ladder. Enjoy many hiking trails, RV or tent camping. Restrooms and covered picnic area available. Located next to Old West Scenic Bikeway along scenic Middle Fork River.

Jeffrey Bistrong

Monday, Oct. 2, 2017
Good camp grounds. $5 for a hiker biker, outlets near the biker camp. Good bathrooms too!

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