Campsite Review: Grant County Campground is at the intersection of Highway 26 and Highway 395-south in the city of John Day, Oregon.
John Day (the city, not to be confused with other locations in Oregon named John Day) is a small town. To the east of John Day is surrounded on three sides by National Forest. The city was immediately north of the gold strike town called Canyon City. John Day was originally called Tiger Town due to its Chinese population. Within the city is the Kam Wah Chung State Heritage Site which dates to the 1870s.
John Day is in the middle of a large valley that starts to the east of Prarie City and ends at the John Day Fossil Beds to the west where the terrain becomes more rugged.
The John Day River valley is private property, with some small exceptions and is not public property.
Grant County Fairgrounds is at the north side of the city next to the John Day River.
Here is our blog post when we stayed: More Cattle than people
Website: Grant County Fairgrounds RV Park
Address: 411 NW Bridge St, John Day, OR 97845
Link to Google Map for the area: Grant County Fairgrounds
Phone Number/Reservations: (541)575-1900 during normal working hours, Monday – Friday online reservations.
Season: not defined online (assumed to be closed in the winter)
Dates stayed: May 29-30, 2020
Our site: # 24
Price paid: $30.00
Hook-ups: 30/50 amp and water & sewer, all sites have full hookups
Dump station: Yes
Potable Water: Yes
Water to fill your RV storage tank: Yes
Cell service: Verizon – good signal, AT&T – good signal
Campsite Review: Grant County Campground insider info:
Sites: Back-in and pull-through sites. Pull-through sites are longer, all sites are level, site #15 is very small and should be avoided. I would also avoid sites 11 – 13.
There was not a Host at the campground when we were there.
From our spot, we could not hear any road noise.
The National Forest have lots of available places to camp but inspect the sites personally before counting on fitting a larger RV into these locations.