McCormick Park

Park Facilities

The park covers 12 acres on the Idaho side of Oxbow Reservoir, downstream of Brownlee Dam.

Reserve Your Spot

Its 28 recreational vehicle (RV) sites include:

  • Water
  • Electricity
  • Shared water spigots in the RV camping area

Tent camping includes:

  • Electricity
  • Some shade
  • Fire rings
  • Tables adjacent to a large turf area

Other park features:

  • Picnic areas
  • Mature trees
  • Boat ramp and docks
  • RV dump station
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-accessible restrooms with showers
  • A public pay phone
  • Garbage and recycling

Parking for vehicles and boat trailers is limited.


Camping is allowed using tents or RVs in developed campgrounds or undeveloped areas near the reservoir. All campsites can be reserved online. Stays are limited to 14 consecutive days.

Campsites can be reserved year-round. You can make reservations up to nine months in advance. If you require assistance or accommodation to make a reservation, please call 1-844-472-7275. A convenience fee of $5 will be charged to make reservations by telephone, in addition to the standard $10 reservation fee.

See our Frequently Asked Questions about reserving campsites.

Fees are collected for overnight camping. Obey all campground rules and keep motorized vehicles within the posted speed limit.


Day use in all parks is free. Fees are charged for overnight camping, or to reserve picnic shelters where reservations are allowed.

Fees are consistent with fees charged at other campgrounds with similar services in the area. Fees are posted and collected for each park.

Idaho Power offers reduced camping fees to service-disabled veterans and campers over age 60. For veterans with any level of service-related disability, overnight camping fees are lowered by 50 percent. Seniors receive $2 off summer rates and $1 off winter rates. No combined discounts.

Summer Camping Fees (April-October). Taxes not included in the fees shown below.
Park RVs Tent Spaces
McCormick Park $16  $10
Carters Landing $6  $6
Overflow at all Parks $6  $6

Tent campers occupying a designated RV space will be charged the normal $16 nightly fee for an RV space. A maximum number of three tents may be set up in an RV space at one time, if there is enough room.

Winter Camping Fees (November through March). Taxes not included in the fees shown below.
Park RVs Tent Spaces
All Parks $8  $5
Carters Landing $3 $3
Overflow at all Parks $6 $3

More Information

Located on the Idaho side of Oxbow Reservoir, three miles downstream from Woodhead Park and before crossing the Snake River bridge into Oregon.

Call 541-785-7209 or 208-388-2231.

We maintain three other parks in the Hells Canyon area.

Oxbow Boat Launch

The Oxbow Boat Launch is on the Oregon side of Oxbow Reservoir. It’s about 10 miles downstream of Brownlee Dam and two miles upstream from Copperfield Park next to Oregon 71. It’s a day-use only site and includes:

  • Docks
  • Parking
  • Garbage service
  • Composting toilet
  • A gravel boat ramp

Carters Landing

Carters Landing is a 1.7-acre site on the Oregon side of Oxbow Reservoir and is first come, first serve. The park is about four miles downstream from Brownlee Dam and three miles downstream from McCormick Park.

Carters Landing includes:

  • Several improvised campsites
  • Composting toilet
  • Picnic tables
  • Garbage pickup
  • An unimproved boat launch

For information on park capacity at Carters Landing, call 541-785-7209

Background Information

Built in 1958, the park is named for Fred McCormick. McCormick worked for Idaho Power for 25 years and was chief engineer during construction. Oxbow got its name from a three-mile bend in the Snake River. To early settlers in the area the bend in the river looked like the U-shaped frame that forms a collar around an ox’s neck.