The most recent gem in Oregon Lottery’s state parks funding portfolio is Cottonwood Canyon State Park. This 8,000 acre state park is the second largest in Oregon, after Silver Falls in the Willamette Valley. It's part if the John Day territory and boasts breathtaking canyons, muscular hills, and sweeping sage-covered views. The park is family friendly yet rugged, designed for the true outdoors person who doesn't mind roughing it a little next to lizards, bighorn sheep and elk.
Over $13 million in Lottery funds were contributed to purchase and complete development that now offers hiking, camping, boating, horseback riding, fishing and hunting. Not only will the park be a haven for adventurers and wildlife but the John Day River is one of the most productive rivers in the Columbia River Basin for steelhead fish. With no dams over its 284 miles, except where its last few miles join the Columbia, the park plays an integral role in the river's rehabilitation and is key to rebuilding and keeping viable runs of ocean-going fish.
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