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Overview of Bates State Park

Number of Sites 28

Pad Type gravel

Open Seasonally May-Oct.

Elevation 4,068 ft / 1,239 m

Tent Camping Yes

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Reviews of Bates State Park 2 people have reviewed this location.

Ratings Summary

Overall Rating
Site Quality
50 reviews
“Super clean and no crowds.”

Reviewed 3/21/2017

Nightly rate: $11
Days stayed: 7
Site Number: 1
Overall Rating

Have stayed at Bates several times. It's super clean, easy access, and never full (or even half full). Nice easy hiking around the pond with some strenuous hiking spurs too. Locals fish the pond, but no swimming (leaches, etc). Deer and waterfowl are common in the area. A popular spring drinking water access point is on hwy20 1 mile away and the closest Verizon cell is at a turnout 5-6 miles north on Hwy20. No big trees (you'll see why on their history signs), but many sights allow RVs to create their own patio shade and the nights are generally cool. A really nice place for an overnight or a week. Any size rig will fit here.

Site Quality

Barton would stay here again

This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of

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Redmond, OR 23' Oliver Oliver Legacy Elite II Ford F150
114 reviews
“Shiny-new state park that will be wonderful when the trees grow taller”

Reviewed 6/11/2016

Nightly rate: $11
Days stayed: 0
Overall Rating

This is a beautiful facility that will be even better in a few years. We drove through three years ago when it was just opened, and the seedling trees newly planted. We checked in again last week to see how it's going. One bicyclist camped overnight in the hiker/biker section, and the sprinklers were on, giving the slightly larger trees and well-established grass a thorough soaking. Road are paved, the flat gravel pads are flat, and each site is nicely outfitted with fire rings and tables.

There's a single double-sided restroom with flush toilets but it's a bit remote from most of the sites. Plan your spot accordingly.

We were looking for more shade on this very unseasonably hot summer day, so we continued on five miles further down Hwy 20 to Deerhorn Forest Camp where the Ponderosa pines provide terrific shade.

There's no internet/cell service anywhere in this neck of the woods. Bates is right off the road (Hwy 20) and with the current diminutive tree size, privacy will be a bit scarce for some years hence.

Site Quality

Chris&David would stay here again

This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of

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  • dry camping
  • picnic area
  • recreation trail
Site Amenities
  • big rig
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
  • restrooms: flush
  • trash
  • water available
  • pets


Deerhorn Forest Camp

Enjoy the Ponderosa forest along the Middle Fork of the John Day River.

- Chris&David

Dixie Campground

Peaceful, no frills campground

- CamperVanJan

Middle Fork

Shady river-side campground by the Middle Fork of the John Day River

- Chris&David

Wetmore Campground

Five bucks at peak season

- Chuck

Depot Park

Nice location, Poor management / upkeep.

- Craig_T@B

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