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    Cottonwood Canyon State Park

    Anyone know anything about Cottonwood Canyon State Park, east of Wasco, in Sherman County? This is the new State Park along the John Day River, just opened this past fall. On the website it discusses how biking is allowed, and there are trails along the river, both sides going downstream from the campground (both 4.3 miles), and one on the west side of the river upstream from the campground (1.5 miles). TONS more land for more trails, if allowed. This is beautiful country (except for the insane wind turbines all over the place), and you could have a fun mixed-trip fishing or hunting and biking when things are wet/snowy elsewhere. I've done a lot of chukar hunting in the general area.

    I was wondering if they did anything to try and make the park mtb friendly, consulted the mtb community at all.

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    Don't know yet and I haven't been able to find out much by searching around. I might go by the park next month and check it out. If I make it there I'll post some pics and report on any trails that are there.

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    I drove through there this winter and was amazed how big and nice the park is. I am not sure how much land is available for trails because of the large amounts of private land. But more would be better and it is truly amazing country!

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    I thought I'd bump this.

    I am looking to just do a tent camping trip here soon, (I can handle very cold nights!), but am wondering if the campsites are decent for tenting. When the park first opened, I heard you just pitched a tent on gravel. Is there now a bit of vegetation in each site, at least for tenting footprints?

    Has anyone camped here?

    Thanks in advance.

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    When I was there last spring, they had a ton of lawn around, in general. I did not specifically look at what they have set up for tent camping. Current aerials (very possibly from 2014) on Google/Bing might give you an idea what it's like.

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    We camped here in November. Really nice park. The vegetation hasn't grown in yet, but they put up nice dividers between the sites. Not really a biking destination at this point. A couple of short sections along the river that are more or less like the Klickitat River Trail, or the trail along the Deschutes. A good spot for fishing or just lounging around. We're looking forward to spending a lot more time out here, but I would not bring my bike with me. I think the tent pads were dirt (we camped in a travel trailer). I have some pics somewhere and will try to find and upload. It is a really beautiful park.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dropped68 View Post
    We camped here in November. Really nice park. The vegetation hasn't grown in yet, but they put up nice dividers between the sites. Not really a biking destination at this point. A couple of short sections along the river that are more or less like the Klickitat River Trail, or the trail along the Deschutes. A good spot for fishing or just lounging around. We're looking forward to spending a lot more time out here, but I would not bring my bike with me. I think the tent pads were dirt (we camped in a travel trailer). I have some pics somewhere and will try to find and upload. It is a really beautiful park.
    Cool, thanks! Would love to see your photos!

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    Cottonwood Canyon State Park-cottonwood-2.jpgCottonwood Canyon State Park-cottonwood-1.jpg

    Here are a couple (that is my rig in the foreground). Have a few aerial shots from my daughter who climbed to the top of one of the hills. Will try and grab those from home and post them too. BTW, this was just a random off season weekend. We arrived around 6pm on a Friday and most sites were taken. I think there was no more than one open site all weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dropped68 View Post
    BTW, this was just a random off season weekend. We arrived around 6pm on a Friday and most sites were taken. I think there was no more than one open site all weekend.
    If you were there in November it wasn't a "random" weekend. That is the peak of the Steelhead run on the lower John Day. Major destination for fishing that time of year.

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