Oregon's north-central grain belt: Cottonwood Canyon becomes new tourist magnet

The Oregonian, September 22, 2013



By: Terry Richard

This state park-in-the-making gets dedicated this week, with 8,000 acres straddling the John Day River on north-central Oregon's grain belt loop. The Cottonwood Canyon State Park day-use area and campground is on the Sherman County (west) side of the river. Trails are being built on the Gilliam County (east) side.

It will take a few years for full amenities to be constructed and plants to grow tall enough to provide shade in this desert setting. The campground opens next weekend.

A reader told me about Cottonwood Canyon back in 2009, after the Western Rivers Conservancy had bought the land and was beginning to sell it to the State of Oregon for use as a state park.

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Related Project: John Day River - Cottonwood Canyon