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Ontario, Oregon is situated on the Oregon-Idaho border. Bisected by the famous Snake River, Ontario is a popular destination point for visitors heading north to Baker City and nearby Hell's Canyon Recreation Area. Located on U.S. Highway 84, Ontario is the last stop within Oregon for travelers heading east to Boise and nearby ski resorts.
Eastern Oregon is considered prime fishing territory. Crappie, rainbow trout and bass are all popular species in the nearby Snake River and its tributary, the Payette. Paddock Reservoir, which is fed by the Payette, is known for its black crappie and largemouth bass. Numerous other reservoirs feature similar fishing opportunities both in Oregon and Idaho.
For those who enjoy back country drives, the Ontario area offers a unique view of Oregon geography. Highway 20 takes the traveler due west, through the river-scoured Malheur Gorge and eastern Oregon's arid high desert. Bully Creek Reservoir, about 25 miles northwest of Ontario is a good place to bird watch, as well as to fish. Loons, ducks, grebes and the occasional rock wren or golden eagle can be seen during the spring and winter.
City attractions in Ontario include the Four Rivers Cultural Center, which features historical and cultural exhibits of Ontario's multicultural community. The museum maintains a permanent exhibit describing the experiences of Japanese Americans during World War II at a former internment center as well as displays of Native American artifacts.
Accommodations in the Ontario area include hotels and motels, as well as campgrounds and RV parks. State parks include the Owyhee State Park, south of the city, and Farewell Bend State Park, to the north.
Find all the visitor information you need to plan your trip to Ontario. Just use the navigation links in the left hand column or the drop down menu at the top of the page to find where to stay, where to eat, what to see and what to do.
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