Crooked River (North Fork) Wild and Scenic River

From its source at Williams Prairie, the North Fork of the Crooked River in central Oregon flows through meadows, prairies and canyons before meeting up with the main stem Crooked River. Flowing for 33.7 miles (54.2 km), the North Fork of the Crooked River abounds with opportunities for enjoying remote outdoor experiences.

Deep Creek Campground directions from Prineville, OR, take US Rt. 26 east 14 miles to Ochoco R.S. sign. Turn right at sign and go 8.3 miles to Paulina sign. Turn right at sign onto Forest Rt. 42 and go 13.9 miles to another Paulina sign. Turn left and go 9.4 miles to campground on right. NOTE: Entrance to campground is very steep.

The elevation is 4,300 ft. The campground is a spur with a loop in a stand of scattered fragrant Ponderosa pine on Deep Creek and near the Wild and Scenic North Fork Crooked River. While the water is not visible from the campground, it can be heard at some sites. This rustic pack it in, pack it out campground takes pride in its semi- wilderness feel. With only a grass understory and little middlestory, privacy between sites is fair.

This is bear country; practice safe food storage techniques. Open mid-May through mid-October.

Less Traveled Northwest Day Hikes for the Adventurous . Impressive!!! Photos of North Fork Crooked River Hike!! ! September 13, 2011 Ochoco National Forest From a low saddle on Road 150, the hike starts south down abandoned Road 155. Following the old road for about a mile, there are views south, down North Fork Crooked River canyon.

Crooked Wild and Scenic River Originating in the lush Ponderosa pine forests of Central Oregon’s Ochoco Mountains, the Crooked River flows through diverse landscapes before descending through a desert gorge to its impounded confluence with the Deschutes River at Lake Billy Chinook. Known for its world class fishing opportunities, the Crooked River Wild and Scenic River is comprised of three distinct geographic areas: the North Fork, the Chimney Rock segment and the Lower Crooked River.

Crooked Wild and Scenic River The Crooked River is noted for its ruggedly beautiful scenery, outstanding whitewater boating and a renowned sport fishery for steelhead, brown trout and native rainbow trout. Located in central Oregon, it offers excellent hiking opportunities with spectacular geologic formations and waterfalls. A portion of the designated segment provides expert class IV-V kayaking/rafting during spring runoff. The section of river from the Ochoco National Forest to Opal Springs flows through scenic vertical basalt canyons. The Chimney Rock segment is becoming increasingly popular for the accessibility of outdoor activities.

Directions to the Crooked River at Prinville Reservoir from Biggs Junction on Hwy 84. Turn south on Hwy 97 and travel 3 and one half hours for 151 miles to the recreation facilities at the Prineville Reservoir on the Crooked River.

Directions to the Prinville Reservoir at Bowman Dam from Salem: Depart the Morrison St. Bridge to the Prineville Reservoir at OR-27 / S Crooked River Hwy. The trip is 161 miles and usually takes 3.5 to 4.5 hours. Exit the Morrison Street Bridge over the Willamette River in the right lane and travel 292 ft. onto OR-99E S/ OR-22 / Front St NE for 1.0 miles. Keep straight onto OR-99E / OR-22 / Pringle Pkwy SE for 0.4 miles. Turn right onto 12th St SE for 0.1 miles. Take ramp left for OR-99E/ OR-22 east toward Stayton for 0.4 miles. Keep straight onto OR-99E / OR-22 for 82.2 miles. OR-22 merges with OR-20. Keep straight onto US-20 / Or-126 for 25.0 miles. At the roundabout, take 2nd exit for 1.2 miles. Keep right to stay on US-20 for 18.2 miles. Keep straight onto US-20 E for 0.3 miles. Keep straight onto US-97 S / US-20 E for 0.2 miles. Keep straight onto US-20 / US-97 for 2.3 miles. Turn left onto US-20 / NE Greenwood Ave for 4.3 miles. Bear left onto Powell Butte Hwy for 0.9 miles. At roundabout, take 1st exit onto Alfalfa Market Rd for 9.4 miles Road name changes to Willard Rd at 2.0 miles. Road name changes to SW Willard Rd at 1.8 miles. Keep right onto SW Reservoir Rd for 6.1 miles. Road name changes to SE Reservoir Rd of unpaved road for 3.0 miles. Bear left toward OR-27 / S Crooked River Hwy for 1.1 miles. Turn left onto OR-27 / S Crooked River Hwy for 1.4 miles. Arrive at OR-27 / S Crooked River Hwy at the Prineville Reservior. The access road to the Prineville Reservoir Boat Launch is located at the south side of the Bowman Dam.

Prineville Reservoir State Park Scenic beauty, camping and water recreation at its finest in the High Desert.  Mountain waters flowing out of the Ochoco Mountain Range join to form the Crooked River. The river, confined by its canyon and the Bowman Dam, forms the 15-mile long, 3,000-acre Prineville Reservoir.  With two developed campgrounds and numerous primitive camps along its 43-mile shoreline, recreational opportunities are plentiful.

The fishing can be good anytime at Prineville Reservoir. The lake supports rainbow trout, small and largemouth bass, catfish, crappie, and crayfish. The trout fishing experience is year-round, with the biggest fish being caught during the winter months either by boat or from the shore.  The bass, catfish and crappie fishing is best between May and October. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife fishing report.

Antelope Flat Reservoir (From Atlas of Oregon Lakes, Johnson et al. 1985). Antelope Flat Reservoir is an irrigation impoundment on the south side of the Maury Mountains in Central Oregon. It is situated near the headwaters of Bear Creek, a tributary of the Crooked River, and was formed by a 33-foot high earthfill dam at the west end of Antelope Flat. Antelope Flat is the name given the dish-shaped valley that supports an exceptional variety of vegetation, from grassy sagebrush on the lower slopes to sparse juniper stands and pine forest at the higher elevations. The reservoir has a storage capacity of nearly 2000 acre-feet and a surface area of 170 acres when full; but it is often drawn down to less than half that size by late summer to satisfy downstream irrigation needs. Rainbow trout are found in the reservoir and there have been reports of a high growth rate and good success by anglers. Recreation facilites have been provided near the dam, including a good paved boat ramp. There is no campground at the reservoir, but a good one nearby.

DIRECTIONS to Antelope Flat Reservoir and Campground. In Prineville, OR at the intersection of US 26 (Main St) and S. Combs Flat Rd, take S. Combs Flat Rd south 30 miles to Pine Cr/Antelope Res sign. Turn right at sign onto Forest Rt. 17 (gravel) and go 10.3 miles to an intersection. Turn left and immediately bear right at another intersection, staying on Forest Rt 17, and go 3 miles to campground. NOTE: Forest Rt. 17 is single lane with few turnouts.

GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 5,000 ft. This pack it in/pack it out campground is a single loop in a stand of Ponderosa pine and juniper above Antelope Reservoir. None of the sites have a clear view of the water. While the campground has grass and sagebrush understory, close sites and minimal middlestory provide poor privacy. Most sites tend to be sunny with lots of space for additional tents.

Antelope Flat Reservoir is a no use fee boat ramp operated by the U.S. Forest Service. Call 541-416-6500 for additional information.

Beulah Reservoir At full pool the reservoir covers about 2000 acres and has a storage capacity of over 60,000 acre-feet. It is one of the major components of the Bureau of Reclamation's Vale Project, an irrigated area of about 35,000 acres located along the Malheur River and Willow Creek, surrounding the town of Vale. The project stores water in Warm Springs Reservoir, Beulah Reservoir, and Bully Creek Reservoir. The stored water in Warm Springs and Beulah Reservoirs, together with natural streamflow, is diverted from the Malheur River by the Harper Diversion Dam to the Vale Main Canal. 

Beulah Reservoir Ramp Is managed by Malheur County. Beulah Reservoir on the North Fork of the Malheur River covers a maximum of 1900 acres. The County maintains a concrete boat ramp, a gravel parking area, and a vault restroom just above the dam. It is located 15 miles north of Juntura, Oregon, on a gravel road. Call 541-473-5191 for additional information.

Bully Creek Campground

Bully Creek Reservoir is located ten miles west of Vale, Oregon.  It was constructed by the Bureau of Reclamation in 1963 and is operated by the Vale Oregon Irrigation District.  When full it covers 1000 acres and holds 30,000 acre feet of water.  It supports crappy, largemouth bass, bluegill and yellow perch fish population.

This park is operated and maintained by Malheur County since 1966, and it consists of 40 campsites all with electrical hookups, two with A.D.A. accessibility, three restrooms with showers, two covered shelters. A day use area with two covered shelters and restrooms. A concrete two-lane boat ramp with a dock, a caretaker who lives on the site. The camp and day use areas have about 14 acres of lawn and trees. The camping fees are $15.00 per sleeping unit per night for all campsites. There is a 10 dollar dumping fee for non overnight guests. Forms of payment accepted At Bully Creek Park are cash or check only.  The park is operated from April 15th through November 15th (weather permitting). Bully Creek Park office is located at 2475 Bully Creek Rd. Vale, Oregon.

Call (541)473-2969 for reservations.

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Bully Creek Campsite Map 

Anglers have found excellent catches of white crappie, yellow perch, black bass, and rainbow trout in the reservoir, although there is a continuous problem with rough fish. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife treated the whole stream system for rough fish before Bully Creek was filled and restocked with game fish; it was treated again in 1973. Migratory waterfowl also use the reservoir with some ducks remaining to nest.

The Bully Creek boat launch facility a no use fee to launch ramp is managed by: Malheur County. Contact: 541-473-5191 for additional information.

Canyon Meadows Managed by: U.S. Forest Service
Contact: 541-575-3000
Waterbody: Canyon Meadows Lake
Use Fee: No

Haystack Reservoir has developed into a popular recreation site. It has been heavily stocked with rainbow trout by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and provides a fairly successful angling experience; largemouth bass and crappies have also been stocked. Boats can be launched from several points on the shore and fishing from the bank is easy. A Forest Service campground is available for visitors as well as a private resort with boat rentals.

The elevation is 2,900 ft. The campground is a single bisected loop stretching along the east shore of Haystack Reservoir. Large junipers provide some shade to the campsites and spacing gives most of them good privacy. Every site has some view of the lake as well as Mt. Jefferson and Haystack Butte. Although lake levels do fluctuate, depending on demand for irrigation water, the lake is popular with anglers, boaters, and bird watchers. Loons have been seen on the lake in early spring while osprey, Golden eagles and a pair of owls return each year to raise their families. Many songbirds and waterfowl also regularly visitors the lake. Possible day trips are Gray Butte Valley Cemetery, Rimrock Springs Wildlife Management Area and either of the Ridge Rider Endurance trails (the 10-mile Warner Loop is closest to the campground and open to hikers, horseback riders, and mountain bicyclists). The first weekend after Labor Day, the Columbia Drag Boat Association holds its annual drag boat races.

Haystack Campground boat lauch facility is a no use fee boat launch managed by the U.S. Forest Service. Call 541-475-9272 for addtional information.

DIRECTIONS: From Madras, OR, take US Rt. 97 south 7.7 miles to Haystack Res. sign. Turn left at sign onto Jericho Ln and go 1.3 miles to another Haystack Reservoir sign. Turn right after sign onto Haystack Dr. and go 2.2 miles to campground sign. Turn left at sign and go 0.6 miles to campground.

Haystack West boat lauch facility is a no use fee boat launch managed by the U.S. Forest Service. Call 541-475-9272 for addtional information. A 5 mph limit in the southern cove inside a buoy line extending from south of the boat ramp on the east shore to a point south of the southeast peninsula, as marked.

Higgins Reservoir

Managed by: Bureau of Land Management
Contact: 541-473-3144
Waterbody: Higgins Reservoir
Use Fee: 

Blitzen River
More formally the Donner Und Blitzen River, but known as the Blitzen, this Frenchglen-area river can be very good for native redband rainbow trout if you time your trip well. Early summer can be good but conditions can get too warm in the heat of summer. Fall again can be good. There is a modest limit allowed on the mainstem and most tributaries above Bridge Creek (southern end of the refuge), but the Little Blitzen is strictly catch and release. Artifici
al lures and flies must be used throughout the system. This river in on our list of Best Rivers in the Southeast Zone.

Burns Pond is a no use fee to launch boat launch ramp for boats with electric trolling motors. The boat launch is operated gy the BLM. at 541 573-4400. Call ODFW at 541-573-6583 for fishing information. Fishing for planted catchable rainbow trout dominates the fishery. Green sun perch, large mouth bass and catfish are occasionally taken. Access is excellent, with plenty of parking, bank trails and an ADA fishing dock. This is a good place to picnic. Directions depart Broadway Hwy - 20 in Burns east on OR-78 / E Monroe St. for 2.3 miles. The entrance to Burns Pond is on the right.

Krumbo Reservoir is stocked with rainbow trout to 18 inches, and contains a healthy population of small mouth bass. The Bureau of Land Management at at 541-573-1685 operates a no use fee boat launch.

Directions depart Broadway Hwy - 20 in Burns east on OR-78 / E Monroe St. for 1.8 miles. Turn right onto OR-205 / Diamond Loop Back Country Byway for 47.1 miles. Turn left onto Hammond Ranch Rd for O.6 miles. Keep left onto Krumbo Reservoir Rd. for 3.6 miles. Arrive at Krumbo Reservoir Rd on the left.

Malheur Reservoir From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia About 80 percent of the 12.3-mile (19.8 km) shoreline is privately owned,[1]

Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Currently public access the lakes associated with the Malheur Wildlife Refuge is closed.

Malheur National Wildlife Refuge HQ Area Opens in Time for Harney County Bird Fest

Harney County Migratory Bird Festival

Cow Hollow Park is situated in rural Malheur County, Oregon near the city of Nyssa. The address of the Park is 1030 Janeta Avenue, Nyssa. The Park is 20 acres and includes twenty- one (21) RV sites with electricity, playground equipment, cement restroom facility with bathrooms and showers, tennis court with basketball hoop, baseball/softball fields and a horseshoe pit. For more information, Click Here.

Call to make camping reservations at Cow Hollow:  541 372 2008

Donner und Blitzen River The Donner und Blitzen River system is designated as a Wild and Scenic River, also includes several spring-fed tributaries—South Fork Blitzen River, Little Blitzen River, Big Indian Creek, Little Indian Creek, Fish Creek, Mud Creek, and Ankle Creek—totaling 87.5 miles (140.8 km) of designated river. The river system is home to a wild, native redband trout population and the Malheur mottled sculpin, both listed as sensitive species. It is recognized by anglers as one of Oregon's finest wild trout streams. Fish species in the Blitzen River above Page Springs Dam are redband trout, mountain whitefish, longnose dace and mottled sculpin. The redband trout is the species most commonly found in the system, indicating the presence of good stream habitat, water quality and quantity. Camping is available at Page Springs Campground.

Page Springs Campground Directions From Burns, take State Highway 78 southeast for approximately 2 miles. Tum right onto State Highway 205 and travel south for 60 miles to Frenchglen, Oregon. Just past Frenchglen, tum left onto the Steens Mountain Loop Road. Follow the Loop Road for approximately 3 miles before turning into Page Springs Campground to the right, just across the Donner und Blitzen River.

Magone Lake Recreation Area (From Atlas of Oregon Lakes, Johnson et al. 1985)  Magone Lake is a small natural lake in the Malheur National Forest of east-central Oregon. It lies at an elevation of 5000 feet above sea level in a small, forested drainage basin. The lake basin consists of a single elongate trough oriented north-south. A single intermittent stream, Lake Creek, enters from the north and the outflow is tributary to the East Fork of Beech Creek, which it joins about two miles downstream. The lake was named for Major John W. Magone, a nineteenth century resident of Canyon City who stocked the lake with fish. It is one of the few natural lakes in this part of the state and draws a large number of visitors each year. Most of them come for the fishing; lots of rainbow trout and brook trout are taken, and there reportedly are a few kokanee. The lake is open all year, and winter fishing through the ice is popular. A good Forest Service campground is located on the shore and boats can be launched easily. However, there is no fishing from motorboats, and a 10 mph speed limit on the water is enforced.

DIRECTIONS: From Prairie City, OR, take US Rt. 26 west 3 miles to "Magone Lake" sign. Turn right at sign onto Keeney Fork Rd (County Rt. 18) and go 12.3 miles to another Magone Lake sign. Turn left after sign onto Forest Rt. 3620 and go 1.3 miles to a Y intersection. Bear right onto Forest Rt. 3618 and go 0.9 miles to campground on left.

GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 5,000 ft. This pack it in, pack it out campground, adjacent to the scenic Magone Lake (ma-goon), has two unnamed overlapping loops. A pleasant mix of conifers, including Engelmann spruce and Ponderosa pine, provide ample shade. Magone Lake was formed by a landslide in the 1800s and the story tells of a Major Magone stocking the Lake by carrying two buckets of brook trout to this scenic spot in the late 1800s. Today it is popular with anglars and wildlife. Deer are frequent visitors to the campground while ducks, beaver, muskrat, osprey, and Blue heron are often seen at the Lake. Possible daytrips: Sheep Rock Unit of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument and its visitor center and the Thomas Condon Paleontology Center.

The Magone Lake boat launch is a no fee boat launch facility and is managed by: U.S. Forest Service. Contact: 541-575-3000 for additional information.   

Ochoco Reservoir (Crook) The drainage basin for the reservoir consists mainly of forest land within the Ochoco National Forest. The lower portion of the basin is mostly private rangeland, as is most of the shoreline. On the north shore is Ochoco Lake State Park with a resort, marina, camping areas, and picnic grounds. Recreational use is heavy and good rainbow trout fishing has been available in recent years. However, Ochoco Reservoir has a long history of fishery problems. It was treated in 1968 to remove scrapfish, and treated again in 1973. By 1974 the reservoir was back in production after being restocked. It is open all year and fish are caught at any season. Ice fishing is also popular in the winter.

Ochoco Lake – Crook County Parks and Recreation District Operated by Crook County Parks and Recreation District, Ochoco Lake Campground is open seasonally from April 1 through approximately October 31 each year, depending on weather and the water level of the lake. Located just seven miles east of Prineville on Highway 26 (11700 NE Ochoco Hwy), Ochoco Lake Campground is situated right on the shores of Ochoco Lake.

Ochoco Reservoir County Park boat launch faciliy a no use fee to launch facility is managed by the Crook County Parks and Recreation District Call 541-447-1209 for additional information.

Unity Lake State Recreation Site is a no use fee boat launch facility managed by: Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. Contact: 800-551-6949 for additional information.

The high desert surroundings of Unity Reservoir offer a unique experience to its guests. The fragrant smell of juniper lingers in the air and thrills the senses. The cool grass of the park is a vibrant contrast to the sagebrush and cheatgrass of the bordering lands. The Burnt River comes to rest behind the Unity Dam before continuing its path down the valley. Relax on the shores or enjoy water sports. There's a boat ramp to accommodate the water skier as well as the angler. A peacefulness will engulf you at Unity Lake State Recreation Area whatever you choose to do.

Walton Lake The reservoir is a contribution to the people of Oregon from the Isaak Walton League of Prineville in honor of their well-known patron. Walton Lake is operated to provide quality public recreation, and the League has been successful in achieving this goal. It attracts anglers in a part of the state where few natural lakes exist. Catches of rainbow trout are good, and the fish are stocked regularly by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Swimming is also a popular recreational activity. Motorboats are prohibited. Two Forest Service campgrounds are maintained at the lake for use by visitors.

Walton Lake Campground may be the best known location on the Ochoco National Forest due to the serene setting among old growth ponderosa pine and mountain meadows.  Visitors can choose to spend their vacation fishing on the shore of Walton Lake, or swimming and paddling in the water.  There are also many trails nearby for those who would like to explore on foot or bicycle, such as Walton Lake Trail (#809) which circles the lake. Take advantage of the Lake shore trail hike. comments@friendsoftheochocos.org.

See also Walton Sno-Park.

Nearby Activities Include: Bird Watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing,  Hiking, Hunting, Mountain Biking, Photography, Road Biking, Sightseeing, Swimming

View a map of Walton Lake Campground.

Walton Lake is facility is a no use fee boat launch managed by the U.S. Forest Service. Call 541-416-6500 for addtional information. Walton Lake is 18 acres. Power boats limited to electric motors.

DIRECTIONS: From Prineville, OR take US Rt. 26 east 14 miles to Ochoco R.S. sign. Turn right at sign and go 8.3 miles to Walton Lk sign. Turn left onto Forest Rt. 22 and go 6.4 miles to campground sign. Turn left at sign and go 0.1 miles to campground. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 5,200 ft. The campground stretches around Walton Lake with sites tucked in among a variety of conifers including Ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, and Western larch (Tamarack). Most of the tent sites are walk-in and located on the Lake's north shore. Although this section's vaults are not wheelchair-friendly, it has ample pressure water spigots. The south shore section has one handpump but its vaults are wheelchair-friendly. The campsites in the south shore section can accommodate tents and RVs. Most sites in the campground have a view of Walton Lake.

Prineville Reservoir boat launch facilities. There is a no use fee boat launch located in the lower reservoir operated by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. Contact 800-551-6949 for additional infomation. Comments: Due to low water levels, the ramp will remain closed to trailered boats. Kayaks, paddleboards, and other small watercraft may still be launched from the ramp. For more information: Location: 44.10605 , -120.7777. The access road to the Prineville Reservoir Boat Launch is located at the south side of the Bowman Dam.

Directions for the approximately 42.0 mile trip to the Oregon State Park recreational area at Prineville Reservoir via US-97 and US-26 from Madras Oregon. Depart US-26 / US-97 onto US-26 toward Prineville, OR. for approximately 26.2 miles. Bear left onto OR-126 E / NW 3rd St, and then keep straight onto US-26 E / NW 3rd St for 1.6 miles. Turn right onto OR-380 / NE Combs Flat Rd. for 1.3 miles. Turn right onto SE Juniper Canyon Rd for 13.4 miles. Bear right onto SE Parkland Dr for 0.7 miles. Turn right to stay on SE Parkland Dr for 0.3 Miles. Arrive at the boat ramp located on SE Parkland Dr.

Crook County Boat Ramp Day Use is a no use fee boat ramp managed by the  Crook County Parks and Recreation District. Contact 541 447 1209 for additional information. Direction to the Crook County Boat Ram Day Use Area: once accessing SE Juniper Canyon Rd turn to the right onto the County Boat Ramp Rd at mile 12.6 and follow it the boat ramp located 1.3 miles at the end of the road.

Jasper Point Day Use Ramp is a no use fee boat ramp managed by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. Cantact  800-551-6949 for additional information. Direction to the Crook County Boat Ram Day Use Area: once accessing SE Juniper Canyon Rd follow the road 15.6 and follow it the boat ramp at the end of the road.

Roberts Bay East is a no use fee boat ramp managed by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. Cantact 800-551-6949 for additional information. 5 mph limit within 200 feet of the shore line and no towed watersports, except for safe take-offs and landings. Access to the Robert Bay East primative boat launch begins at the face of Bowman Dam at Prineville Reservoir. Travel south on S Crooked River Hwy all of the travel is on unpaved roads for 10.9 miles. Turn left onto SE Salt Creek Rd for 5.3 miles. Stay to the right and stay on SE Salt Creek Rd. for 3.2 miles. Turn right and travel 0.2 miles and you have arrived.

Lower Palisades Campground There are nine campgrounds operated by the Bureau of Land Management on what is referred to as the Chimney Rock segment of the Lower Crooked Wild and Scenic River. The nine campgrounds are all within a seven mile stretch that lies below Bowman Dam and Prineville Reservoir. The Lower Palisades campground is located approximately 4.1 miles down the road from the face of the Bowman Dam at Prineville Reservoir. The Campgrounds are easily accessed from Prineville to the North or Bend from the South.

Big Bend Campground is first BLM campgrounds located right on the famous trout fishing Crooked River. The campground is located approximately 0.5 miles down the road from the face of the Bowmwn Dam at Prineville Reservoir. Located about 30 miles east of Bend, Oregon and 10 miles south of Prineville, Oregon this campground is a quite spot to stay and enjoy the Crooked River. It is rustic with vault toilets and fire rings

Poison Butte Campground is second BLM campground located right on the famous trout fishing Crooked River. The campground is located approximately 1.3 miles down the road from the face of the Bowmwn Dam at Prineville Reservoir. Located about 30 miles east of Bend, Oregon and 10 miles south of Prineville, Oregon this campground is a quite spot to stay and enjoy the Crooked River. It is rustic with vault toilets and fire rings.

Devil's Post Pile Campground is the third BLM campground located right on the famous trout fishing Crooked River. The campground is located approximately 2.1 miles down the road from the face of the Bowmwn Dam at Prineville Reservoir. Located about 30 miles east of Bend, Oregon and 10 miles south of Prineville, Oregon this campground is a quite spot to stay and enjoy the Crooked River. It is rustic with vault toilets and fire rings

Cable Rock Campground is the fourth of the BLM campgrounds located right on the famous trout fishing Crooked River. The campground is located approximately 2.5 miles down the road from the face of the Bowmwn Dam at Prineville Reservoir. Located about 30 miles east of Bend, Oregon and 10 miles south of Prineville, Oregon this campground is a quite spot to stay and enjoy the Crooked River. It is rustic with vault toilets and fire rings

Chimney Rock Trailhead parking area is located on the right side of S Crooked River Hwy at approximately 3.0 miles down the road from the face of the Bowmwn Dam at Prineville Reservoir. The entrance to the Chimney Rock Campground is a little further down the road a mile 3.1 on the river sided of the S Crooked River Hwy.

Lone Pine Campground is one of the BLM campgrounds located right on the famous trout fishing Crooked River. The campground is located approximately 4.8 miles down the road from the face of the Bowmwn Dam at Prineville Reservoir. Located about 30 miles east of Bend, Oregon and 10 miles south of Prineville, Oregon this campground is a quite spot to stay and enjoy the Crooked River. It is rustic with vault toilets and fire rings

Stillwater Campground is one of the BLM campgrounds located right on the famous trout fishing Crooked River. The campground is located approximately 6.1 miles down the road from the face of the Bowman Dam at Prineville Reservoir. Located about 30 miles east of Bend, Oregon and 10 miles south of Prineville, Oregon this campground is a quite spot to stay and enjoy the Crooked River. It is rustic with vault toilets and fire rings.

Castle Rock Campground is one of the BLM campgrounds located right on the famous trout fishing Crooked River. The campground is located approximately 7.2 miles down the road from the face of the Bowman Dam at Prineville Reservoir. Located about 30 miles east of Bend, Oregon and 10 miles south of Prineville, Oregon this campground is a quite spot to stay and enjoy the Crooked River. It is rustic with vault toilets and fire rings.

Crooked River Ranch RV Park

Check in time: 2:00pm                      Check out time: 12:00pm

• 90 RV Spaces (1 tent per RV site charged upon permission from staff)
• 20 Tent Spaces (1 tent per site; extra charge for 2nd tent)

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Hells Canyon Wilderness Directions: Access the southern portions of the Wilderness from trailhead at Copper Creek, approximately nine miles north of Oxbow on the Oregon side. Primitive camping and restrooms available. No fees or permits required.

Conditions vary significantly with season of use and elevation. Lower elevations may be accessible year-around, while higher elevations may retain snow well into summer months. Carefully consider time of year, topography, and elevation changes when planning your trip. Many trails are unmaintained, or seldom maintained in primitive condition.

Rugged hiking and equestrian travel in steep terrain offering breathtaking scenery and a variety of wildlife. Excellent opportunities for solitude and self-reliant, crosscountry travel. Be forwarned, the Hells Canyon Wilderness can be very hot in summer, finding reliable water sources may pose a challenge. Running water may usually be found in major tributary creeks to the Snake River. All water should be treated before drinking.

Be sure to check clothing often for ticks, especially in humid, warm weather, or when traveling through brushy terrain. Watch for rattlesnakes and give them plenty of space. Some trails have been completely destroyed by flooding and have not been reconstructed; expect primitive trail conditions and anticipate the need for cross-country travel. Overgrown vegetation along narrow trails may include thorns and poison ivy. Check bulletin boards for seasonal fire restrictions and special notices.