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Bates Viewpoint

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

View over campground to Middle Fork John Day River, Bates State Park (bobcat)
Mariposa lilies and wild onions, Bates State Park (bobcat)


From this viewpoint, you’ll get a view of the campground and the Middle Fork John Day River valley. The view allows you to envision the layout of the sawmill operation that was located below between 1917 and 1975. A log pond used to be situated at the north end of the campground, connected to Bates Pond by a flume. The sawmill was where the current picnic area is, and the Bates Hotel, where some of the single male workers stayed, was situated where the campground host now parks an RV. There was also a dance hall nearby.

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