Cottonwood Canyon Reopens it’s Gates

The flood waters seem to have peaked early this morning and are now currently receding. The entrance road to the park isn’t under water anymore. Luckily none of the park buildings were seriously threatened and damage appears to be minimal within the developed park area.

At this time we are planning on having the park back open by Noon today 4/11/2019. The campground, cabins, restrooms, and day use area will all be open. Pinnacles, Lost Corral, and Hard Stone trails, all of the trails along the river, will remain closed for now.

In the meantime here are some photos from yesterdays high water event.

5 thoughts on “Cottonwood Canyon Reopens it’s Gates

  1. I sure appreciate the notices and photos. Keep them coming as I weekly or more often monitor Cottonwood and my favorite river the John Day. Dave in PDX

  2. Now we see why the original road into the Murtha Ranch was much higher. I have long wondered why the current park entrance was the preferred option for ODOT when the gabionned road under the bridge was certain to constrain the river, resulting in higher water against the bridge piers and pushing water east against the east abutment. The reply to my comments about this when the planning was first unveiled was that DOT didn’t like the limited sight distance behind left turning east bound traffic into the old ranch entrance, but that would have been following traffic that should have been able to see turn signals and that left turning traffic could have been provided a turning lane. The current entrance doesn’t provide any site distance benefit for west bound traffic turning left into the park.

  3. Wow–we are headed that way in a few weeks–glad everyone is safe and let’s hope it dries out soon.

    On Thu, Apr 11, 2019 at 8:49 AM Cottonwood Canyon State Park wrote:

    > rangerasa posted: ” The flood waters seem to have peaked early this > morning and are now currently receding. The entrance road to the park isn’t > under water anymore. Luckily none of the park buildings were seriously > threatened and damage appears to be minimal within the deve” >

  4. Wowie. Water water everywhere and not a drop to drink. Stay safe Evan and crew. We’ll see you soon. Chris and Marcia

  5. We are wanting to camp Saturday April 13th we are pulling a 30′ travel trailer and one ton dually, is it accessible for that big a rig? Has the water receded for camping?

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