"PRAIRIE CITY - GATEWAY TO THE STRAWBERRY MOUNTAINS" Prairie City by mtncorg

Prairie City Travel Guide: 4 reviews and 7 photos

Hidden away from the Portland and Willamette Valley metroplexes, the small, compact Strawberry Wilderness Area is located just south of Prairie City and east of John Day, both small communities accessible from US 26. The wilderness area is not very large, comprising a long narrow protective zone along the crest of the range. Forests, alpine lakes and far-reaching views greet the few visitors who do manage to venture out this far. Most of the Area’s visitors will be found fishing in the Upper or Lower Strawberry Lakes - the Lower Lake being only 1.5 miles in from the road end just south of Prairie City. The town itself is oriented towards the ranches and logging industry of the region. There are a few hot springs in the area. Careful investigation and you can discover where they are for a nice soak after scurrying about on the peaks. Nearby John Day features an museum devoted to an early Chinese settler who ran his own 19th century pharmacy, among other occupations.

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