Oregon's newest state park opens to the public Wednesday. It's a large expanse along the lower John Day River in eastern Oregon.

State park officials said they bought the land in a series of four purchases for a total of nearly $8 million of Oregon lottery funds.

Parks' spokesman Chris Havel described the new Cottonwood Canyon State Park: "The John Day River cuts through this canyonland. You have these towering, big, bold cliffs -- grasslands going right down to the riverbank, some tiny remnants of the historic hardwood forests in a couple of spots along the riverbank -- so that landscape is all inside the state park."

Cottonwood Canyon State Park will be Oregon's second largest park at 8,000 acres. Only Silver Falls is bigger, at 9,000 acres.

This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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