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Richland Brownlee Panfish Fishing Tournament


Brownlee Reservoir is the largest of the three reservoirs along the Hells Canyon area of the Snake River and is 57 miles in length stretching from the towns of Oxbow Oregon to Huntington Oregon. It is long and quite narrow and shorelines tend to be steep and rocky. Brownlee Reservoir is one of the best warm water fisheries in the NW.


On the second Saturday of June each year the small town of Richland hosts the annual Panfish Fishing Tournament at Baker County’s Hewitt Holcomb Baker County Park located along the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway on the banks the Brownlee Reservoir in Richland. and hundreds of people turnout out to celebrate the great fishing and abundant Crappie to be caught in Brownlee. The annual festival also coincides with the state of Oregon’s Free Fishing Day so no license is needed even for out of state anglers


There are numerous access points to the reservoir throughout Baker County on the Oregon side including, Idaho Power's Copperfield Park at Oxbow, Baker County's Hewitt Holcomb Park in Richland, Farewell Bend State park near Huntington, and the BLM managed, Spring Recreation Site also just outside of Huntington


For more information about fishing, camping, and other recreation opportunities along the Snake River, Brownlee Reservoir, or Hells Canyon in Baker County Oregon visit Baker County Tourism’s website at



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Taken on June 6, 2015