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Old 03-27-2009, 10:06 PM   #1
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At the end of May I am headed to meet with a bunch of photography friends in Fossil, Oregon on June 6-10. I would like to find a place to stay and check out the area for about 4 days before the meet, and as Hells Canyon is only a short distance away, I thought it might be a nice place to check out.

So, I am looking for ideas on where to camp, and activities you would recommend for during the day. We like fairly active things to do, from hiking to paddling (though not sure we will bring a canoe this trip).
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Never been there, don't what this place is like, but maybe you can give them call and see what they offer.
http://www.fossilmotelandrvpark.com/
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We too are thinking of going there this summer on the way to Oregon Gathering.

This may be our last trip west and are trying to hit places we have never been.

Looking at Wallowa Lake State Park as a base to drive to the canyon from. Looks like there is neat stuff to see and do in that area.

Please report back after your trip, since you will be there before us.

I didn't find Fossil on my map, guess I better go to the web to search.

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Just found Fossil. Over by John Day stuff, neat area. Will be very different from Hells Canyon.

We didn't get up to the Clarno Unit near Fossil, so give us a report on that too.

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We too are thinking of going there this summer on the way to Oregon Gathering.

This may be our last trip west and are trying to hit places we have never been.

Looking at Wallowa Lake State Park as a base to drive to the canyon from. Looks like there is neat stuff to see and do in that area.

Please report back after your trip, since you will be there before us.

I didn't find Fossil on my map, guess I better go to the web to search.

Nancy
have driven the road to hells canyon a few years back in a street rod ,there were five of us ,no car newer than 1948,the road is paved,narrow and curvy beautiful country,fantastic views,even drove to hells canyon dam and took a river boat tour (highly recommended).stayed in a private campground at wallowa lake.lots of enteresting things to do
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Never been there, don't what this place is like, but maybe you can give them call and see what they offer.
http://www.fossilmotelandrvpark.com/
They might be a help for our photography meet in Fossil, but that would be too far from Hells Canyon to stay. I would want to stay as close as possible.


Another thing I forgot to mention, is we will have our dog with us. Not sure if that would be restricting at all, he is a well behaved/trained guy.
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Nancy, will look into Wallowa State Park. I will definitely report back all my findings.

Jim, sounds Wallowa is the place to stay, I assume since you were at a private campground that there are a few offerings there.
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Jim:
I don't know the route you will be traveling, but I can recommend a couple of campgrounds. If your route goes south on 19 from Fossil go past Spray (good municipal park there) and when you get to Kimberly take 402 for about a mile or so to the second campground, Big Bend. On the John Day River, very nice and scenic, but no hookups, toilets only.
If you take highway 7 toward Hells Canyon (from the south) Union Creek campground on Phillips lake (hookups) is nice and fairly close to Baker city.
I have threatened to retire to Fossil or Spray, but my wife nixes the idea.
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Thanks for that Per. We will be coming straight south through Coeur d'Alene (US-95), through Lewiston/Clarkston to get there. I will check out later where the places you mention are. I am fine spending time with no hook-ups. I rarely ever get such a luxury anyway.
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Per, thanks for the good ideas for campsites.

We have traveled 26 on the way to OR Gathering so have seen the two lower John Day sites. Is the Spray/Fossil area much different? Should we make an effort to see that area just a bit north.

We have also overnighted at Ochoco Pass on 26 (further west than Jim will go I think). It was a good place to pull in and out of, and cheap with our pass. Your place on the river sounds good.

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Someone I know in Oregon suggested staying at Wallowa Lake State Park. We will likely do this. It looks like a real nice place. She had a bunch of photos of the campground there. Big sites, and spread out fairly good, I like that.
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Wallowa Lake State Park is great, last time we were their the deer would come and lay down under your awing or in the back of your trailer on a sunny day if you were quite they would stay for a long time.
Their is the lake , hiking and go in to town and see all the art places.
You can go to Hat Point and see the Hells Canyon on a days outing, part of the road up to lookout is a gravel road, ask at the campground how to get their.
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I think of the Ochoco campground as mostly a stop-over, good enough but without any real redeeming qualities.
Frankly this whole area is one of my favorites, so I'll mention a couple more items: go see the Painted Hills, just north of Mitchell. Going to this area without seeing it is not something you should admit to. If you wish to catch early morning or late afternoon light with a camera there is a BLM campground on the way in from Mitchell, but it is hard to spot. Down by the river among the cows, but they are the friendly kind. Cheap (free last I checked. The campground, not the cows).
Then there is Sumpter, Granite, the bear in Mitchell, etc. etc. Can you tell I like this area?
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Per, thanks again.

Yes, Ochoco is a stopover, between one 400/500 mile day and the next. Sure beats WalMart parking lots.

OK, if we go through this area we will try to slow down and smell the roses you recommend. It will be July and I just don't do heat very well. We did do the Painted Hills Unit and really enjoyed the walk there, just didn't overnight nearby.

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