Lakes of Eastern Oregon

Oregon Fly Fishing for Trout

Stocking Oregon's high lakes

June 15, 2018 not all of Oregon’s high lakes support fish populations. To help create fisheries in some of these off-road areas, ODFW stocks hundreds of lakes every two years with brook, rainbow and cutthroat trout. Access the ODFW locations by clicking on the above link.

Weekly trout stocking schedule

Each year, ODFW stocks millions of trouts in dozens of reservoirs, lakes and ponds throughout the state. You can use the search and filter functions to search the stocking schedule for specific locations and dates. The schedule is subject to change without notice; see individual waterbody listings in the Recreation Report for updates.

Antelope Reservoir

The Oregon Health Authority has issued warnings about very high levels of methylmercury contamination that makes fish caught from the lake dangerous to eat.[6] The contamination stems from past mining activity along the headwaters of Jordan Creek, near Silver City, Idaho, where large quantities of mercury were used to separate gold and silver from other materials.[7]

The boat launch is a no use fee to launch. The Antelope Reservoir is managed by the Bureau of Land Management. Contact: 541-473-3144 for additional information.

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 on the North Fork of the Malheur River covers a maximum of 1900 acres. Beulah Reservoir is located 16.0 miles from Junatura on a gravel road. . Depart from Hwy 20 onto Hildah St, Juntura, OR to Beulah Reservoir. Trout fishing for Dolly Varden, rainbow, and cutthroat trout are the attraction here as well as big game and waterfowl hunting.  

Beulah Reservoir Ramp is a no use fee to launch boat ramp operated by Malheur County. Contact 541-473-5191 for additional information. 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,

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.

Click here to look at Bully Creek Camp area.

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.

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.

Canyon Meadows boat launch is a no use fee boat launch managed by the U.S. Forest Service Contact: 541-575-3000 for addtional information. Upon checking photographs, the boat launch is high and dry depending on water level of the lake.

Chickahominy reservoir (From Atlas of Oregon Lakes, Johnson et al. 1985).  Chickahominy Reservoir (also known as Clusters Lake) was created during 1951 and 1952 by the construction of a dam on Chickahominy Creek. It was built with private funds to provide storage of irrigation water for the Silver Creek Ranch. However, as of 1970 the reservoir had never filled to capacity and it proved to be inadequate for its intended purpose. It has since been obtained by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for sport fishing, and has developed into one of the best fisheries in southeastern Oregon. The reservoir had received its first plant of fish in 1957, a load of Kamloops trout, which prospered in spite of competition for food with an abundant population of rough fish. Despite a series of treatments, the rough fish were not eliminated until the reservoir dried up completely in 1968, and no trash fish have been recorded since that time. In recent years stocking has been primarily fingerling rainbow trout, and fish as large as 32 inches have been caught. The reservoir is open all year and winter ice fishing has been good. In 1981 there were 73,175 visitor days, of which 24,880 were for fishing only. Land ownership around the reservoir is almost totally private, with the exception of about 40 acres near the dam which are administered by the Bureau of Land Management; recreational facilities and a boat launch are provided by the B.L.M. The drainage basin is a semi-arid rangeland covered by sagebrush, with sparse stands of junipers at higher elevations.

Chickahominy Reservoir is a no use fee to launch facility operated by the BLM. Call 541-573-4400 for additional information.

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

Directions Higgins Reservoir: Depart Main St./OR-7/Whitney Hwy in Baker City. Travel for 9.1 miles to OR-245. Turn left onto OR-245 / Dooley Mountain Hwy for 29.4 miles. Turn left onto Hereford Loop Rd for 1.6 miles. Follow Hereford Loop Rd when the road turns left. Turn right at the next road and follow for 2.5 miles to the primative boat ramp.

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.

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.

Malheur Reservoir From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia About 80 percent of the 12.3-mile (19.8 km) shoreline is privately owned,[1] Malheur Reservoir is on Willow Creek in Harney County. It covers 500 acres and is located 18 miles east of inside and 15 miles northwest of Brogan, Oregon. Access is on gravel road from both directions. The Malheur Reservoir boat launch facility a no use fee to launch a boat. The boat ramp facility is managed by: Malheur County Contact: 541-473-5191 for additional information.

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

Malheur Lake is one of the lakes in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Harney County. Do not confuse Malheur Lake with Malheur Reservoir. Malheur Lake is used for reserch and is closed to public access.

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

Moon Reservoir Recreation Site is a no use fee to launch facility, that is managed by: Bureau of Land Management. Contact: 541-573-4400 for additional information. Directions: The Moon Reservoir is located 12.9 miles from the intersection of US-20 and US 395 at Riley, OR. Proceed 2.2 Miles toward the SRanch Rd. Turn right onto S Ranch Rd an unpaved road for 1.9 miles. Keep straight for 89 feet. Turn right onto the road and proceed 2.6 miles. Turn left onto the road for 105 feet. Keep right onto the road for 5.7 miles. Turn right onto the road O.4 miles Turn left onto the toad for 0.1 and arrive at Moon Reservoir. Fishermen will find a variety of fish including largemouth bass and other species.    

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.

Phillips Reservoir: The 144 square-mile drainage basin contributing to Phillips Lake is mostly within the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest and is covered with a coniferous forest. The Forest Service is charged with management of lands surrounding the lake and has established two campgrounds and two boat launching sites. A small campground is located adjacent to the dam and a very large one, Union Creek Campground, is on the north side of the lake. There are also two designated overflow camping areas at the west end of the lake. Facilities are all accessible from the Sumpter Valley Highway (Highway 220) which flanks the north side of the lake. An unpaved road along the south side of the lake is closed to vehicular traffic. Visitor use at Phillips Lake has been quite heavy since its completion. In addition to use by fishermen and campers, there is also swimming and water-skiing during the summer months. Fishing includes coho salmon, smallmouth and largemouth bass, rainbow trout, yellow perch, and black crappie. Fishing is particularly good near the dam, although success has frequently been hindered by the presence of rough fish. Recreational use of the lake has been greater than expected and there are definite signs of overuse by visitors. The indiscriminant use of land outside designated camping areas has caused serious damage including soil loss, soil compaction, vegetation destruction, litter and trash, wildlife harassment, and general unsanitary conditions. Most of the damage has been caused by vehicle use.

Health Alert for Phillips Lake advising anglers to limit consumption of yellow perch. However it is our recommendation that you and your loved ones avoid consuming fish, crawdads or bull frogs taken from any contaminated Waters of the State. It is our opinion that consuming any aquatic organisms: fish, crawdads, frogs or freshwater mussels and clams exposes you family and friends to the contaminates that bio-accumulate in these aquatic organisms.

The State of Oregon claims, "Advisories " are designed to help you gain the health benefits of eating fish and shellfish while protecting you and your family from contaminants sometimes found in seafood." We dispute the States claims because the State refuses to test seafood taken from areas where contaminated seafood is harvested.

Directions to Phillips Reservoir: Depart Main St./OR-7/Whitney Hwy in Baker City. Travel for 16.8 miles to the first of three boat launches on Phillips Reservoir. Take the access road to the Mason Dam Boat Ramp and follow it for 0.3 miles to the improved boat ramp. The Mason Ramp is a no use fee to launch boat ramp operated by the U.S. Forest Service. Call 541-523-4476 for addtional information. Comments: Contractors recently finished work on a $275,000 project to remove a deteriorated asphalt ramp and replace it with a more durable cast-in-place concrete ramp, improving access, safety and convenience for boaters.

Directions to the Union Creek Campground and boat launch facility. Depart from the intersection of Whitney Hwy OR-7 and Black Mountain Rd. and travel 2.4 miles to Union Creek Campground and Boat Launch Facility. The Union Creek boat launch is fee based to launch facility operated by the U.S. Forest Service. Contact 541-523-4476 for additional information. 44.692246, -118.030398

Directions from the intersection of Whitney Hwy OR-7 and Black Mountain Rd. and travel 3.3 miles to the Social Security Trailhead on the lake side of the road.

Directions from the intersection of Whitney Hwy OR-7 and Black Mountain Rd. and travel 4.3 miles to the Mowich Loop Day Use Area on the lake side of the road.

Directions from the intersection of Whitney Hwy OR-7 and Black Mountain Rd. and travel 5.6 miles to Hudspeth Rd. Turn left onto Hudspeth Rd and travel for 1.2 miles to NF-2226 / Lake Rd. Turn left onto Lake Rd. for 0.6 miles and turn left onto Forest Road 2220 for the Southwest Shore Campground and Boat Launch. Low water at the reservoir often leave the boat launch high and dry.

Millers Lane Campground in the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest is situated on the south shore of Phillips Lake. The Millers Lane Campground is the smallest of 3 campgrounds near the lake. Set in an open ponderosa pine forest, this warm site is popular for fishing, hiking, boating, and watching wildlife. Due to fluctuating water levels, the lake may be a short hike down from the campground. There are 11 tent/trailer sites and 4 tent-only sites.

Directions from the intersection of Whitney Hwy OR-7 and Black Mountain Rd. and travel 5.6 miles to Hudspeth Rd. Turn left onto Hudspeth Rd and travel for 1.2 miles toNF-2226 / Lake Rd. Turn left onto Lake Rd. for 1.3 miles and turn left onto Campground Spur Rd. to the Miller Lane Campground.

Map of Phillips Reservoir

Mason Dam Picnic Area The Mason Dam Picnic Area is located along the Powder River in a ponderosa pine forest below the Mason Dam. Popular activities for visitors include; group and family picnicking, fishing, and relaxing. Nearby hiking includes: Phillips Lake South Shoreline Trail and Phillips Lake North Shoreline Trail.

Mason Dam Viewpoint The Mason Dam Viewpoint is set on the east end of Phillips Lake above the dam. Located off the Elkhorn Drive Scenic Byway (also known as Highway 7) the viewpoint is just a short hike down the trail and offers panoramic views of Phillips Lake and the surrounding forest. Directions: From Baker City, Oregon travel south on Highway 7 towards John Day, Oregon for about 17 miles to the Mason Dam Boat Launch road (also shown as Forest Road 200); Turn left off the highway on Forest Road 200 and immediately to your left is the small pullout for the viewpoint trail. The trail to the viewpoint is about 0.1 miles long and is not accessible for people with disabilities.

Phillips Lake North Shoreline Trail #1608 The Phillips Lake North Shore trail traverses the northern banks of Phillips Reservoir connecting Mason Dam Boat Launch, Union Creek Campground, Social Security Point, Mowich Loop to a western access point near Hudspeth Lane. Throughout the year trail users will encounter outstanding views while traveling through young growth ponderosa pine forests, grasslands, meadows and historic rock dredge piles bordering the reservoir. Numerous coves and inlets provide opportunities for viewing waterfowl, shorebirds and deer. As a year-round facility, visitors can enjoy the trail for hikes, on their mountain bikes or on cross-country skis. This trail is one of several mountain bike, hiking and equestrian trails that is found in the Phillips Lake Trail system.

South Shore Phillips Lake Trail – The South Shore Phillips Lake Trail is a lakeside trail meandering along the south shoreline of Phillips Lake. The 6.6 mile non-motorized trail is located approximately 17 miles southwest of Baker City and 10 miles from Sumpter in Baker County, Oregon.

Phillips Lake Southern Bike & XC Ski Trails

There are several dual purpose summer and winter trails located south of Phillips Lake that offer a variety of recreation opportunities. In the winter these trails are open for cross country (XC) skiers and snowshoers, and during the spring, summer and fall they are used by mountain bikers, hikers and equestrian riders. The trails include: Deer Lick Trail #1636, Coyote Cove #1637, Rimrock Trail #1638, and Jeep Ride Trail #1639.  The main access for these trails is from the Phillips Lake South Shoreline Trail #1610.  The trails travel through open ponderosa pine and fir forests with occasional views of Phillips Lake. 

The Phillips Lake XC Ski and Snowshoe Area Trail page has maps, difficulty levels and other access information about the trails during the winter, and the Phillips Lake Trails page has maps and access information for the spring- fall months.

Powder River Trailhead The Powder River Trailhead is located in the Powder River Recreation Area below Phillips Lake. This accessible recreation site is divided into an upper and a lower trailhead parking area (see directions below). Visitors have easy access to the outdoors on the Powder River Interpretive Trail #1613 connected by bridges on both sides of the river. Anglers may fish for trout from two platforms or the two bridges along the trail. Hikers and wildlife viewers can experience a closeness to nature while resting on the riverside benches, or learning more about the site from the 2 interpretive sites. Wildflowers are plentiful in June and July. Directions: From Baker City, Oregon travel south on Highway 7 towards John Day, Oregon for about 15 miles; The trailhead for this site is in 2 sections - an upper parking area and a lower parking area.

The lower parking area is adjacent to Highway 7, and the upper parking area can be reached by going another 1/2 mile up the highway and turning left on Forest Road 1145. Travel 0.3 miles on Forest Road 1145 to the upper parking area.

Both parking areas are connected by the trail.

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.

Directions Unity Reservoir: Depart Main St./OR-7/Whitney Hwy in Baker City. Travel for 9.1 miles to OR-245. Turn left onto OR-245 / Dooley Mountain Hwy for 34.1 miles. Turn right onto the entrance to Unity Lake State Park for 0.5 miles to the boat launch facility.

Upper Cow Lake

(From Atlas of Oregon Lakes, Johnson et al. 1985).  Upper Cow Lake is one of two quite large lakes located in the Jordan Craters area of southeast Oregon. They were formed when the Cow Creek Valley was choked by a number of geologically recent lava flows. The flows issued from the Jordan Craters which are aligned in a north-south direction a little to the west of Cow Creek. One result of this mode of origin is that the lakes extend into lateral valleys behind the lava dam; hence they have very irregular shorelines. During high water stages water overflows across the basalt to supply a number of other lakes in the lava terrain to the southwest. Inflow to the lakes is from a number of intermittent streams and from seepage through the volcanic terrain. There is a 17-foot difference in water surface elevation between the two lakes when they are full, but during summer month's water levels drop considerably. Both are very shallow and are connected by a narrow channel called The Narrows.

Upper Cow Lake is a no use fee boat launch managed by: Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Contact: 800-720-6339 for additional information.

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.

Warm Springs Reservior covers approximately 4200 acres at full pool. The predominant Wildlife in the region is mule deer, various waterfowl and chucker partridge. Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, blugill, channel catfish and rainbow trout are the main fish species founf in the reservoir. North Warm Springs boat launch areas has valut toilets.

Warm Springs Landing South is a no use fee boat launch that is not usable during draw down. The Warm Springs Landing South is the functional boat launch at the reservoir. More work needed on launching a boat at Warm Springs Reservoir. The facility is Managed by: Bureau of Land Management. Contact: 541-573-4400 for additional information. Directions: The access road to the Warm Springs Landing South is located 16.8 miles on the Warm Springs Rd. The road is a long and dusty tirip. Reservoir and river level information is available from the US Army Corps of Engineers here.

Willow Creek Lake is a no use fee boat launch managed by Willow Creek Park District. Contact: 541-676-9618 for additional information. The lake is stocked annually with rainbow trout. The lake also contains Small and Largemouth Bass, Black Crappie, Brown Bullhead, and Pumpkinseed Sunfish. Each year the lake develops dangerous levels of blue/green algae.

Middle Fork The elevation is 3,900 ft. This pack it in, pack it out campground stretches between County Rt. 20 and the Middle Fork John Day River under a dense canopy of Ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, and Tamarack (Western Larch). Grass and wildflowers form a pleasant understory but provide minimal privacy. The campground is filled with the sounds of wind and flowing river. While not on the designated scenic State Rt. 7, the campground is close enough to be considered for an overnight stop.

DIRECTIONS: In Austin (a.k.a. Austin Junction), OR , at the intersection of US Rt. 26 and State Rt. 7, take Rt. 7 north 1.1 miles to "Suzanville 19" sign. Turn onto Middlefork Ln (County Route 20) and go 6.4 miles to campground on left.

Idlewild Although many think this campground is good only for a brief overnight stay, its tall Ponderosa pine providing ample cooling shade, several hiking and mountain bike trails, and convenience to Burns, OR, are attracting more campers to this little campground. Pull-throughs are good size, thus the reason for the campground's popularity with transient campers, but back-ins tend to be on the short side.

DIRECTIONS: From Burns, OR, take US Rts. 20 East and 395 North 1.7 miles to an intersection. Turn left, staying on Rt 395 north and go 14.2 miles to campground on right.

Joaquin Miller Horse Camp: The elevation is 5,200 ft. This horse camp meanders over a Ponderosa pine-covered hillside next to US Rt 395. Many sites have been decommissioned (table and grilles removed) providing very spacious camp sites with good privacy. Corrals and a few hitching rails are provided for equestrian campers and their horses. A unique feature of this campground is the lack of formal designated trails; riders can just go wherever.

DIRECTIONS: From Burns, OR, take US Rts. 20 East/395 North 1.7 mile to an intersection. Turn left, staying on Rt 395 North, and go 16.3 miles to campground on left.

Rock Springs

This small campground is convieniently located just off of Forest Road 17.  Nestled among pondersoa pine trees, this secluded campground offers a wonderful place for those in search of a quiet place to stay, whether camping or just needing a quiet place to spend the night while traveling from Burns to John Day, Oregon. 

The campground has light use until big game hunting seasons.  Visitors can enjoy fishing in Poison Creek Resevoir, hiking, hunting and horseback riding local trails such as Malheur River Trail #303 and Craft Cabin trail #319

Directions: From Burns, OR., travel east on US Highway 20 approximately 2.8 miles to US Highway 395 north.  Turn right onto US Highway 395 north toward John Day, OR.  Follow US Highway 395 for approximately 30.8 miles to the junction with Forest Road 17.  Turn right onto Forest Road 17, travel 4.8 miles to the junction with Forest Road 054.  Follow Forest Road 054 for approximately 1, the campground will be on the right.

Delintment Lake Campground provides a wide variety of recreation facilities and activities for the whole family.  The campground has 29 campsites, a group camping area, a natural non-motorized boat launch, beach area, fishing pier, 12 picnic sites, water, and hosts on site during the summer months.  Hike the trail along the banks or fish from the dam or pier.

Despite its amenities Delintment Lake Campground received only moderate visitor use during the summer.  The two loop campground offers camping sites near the shore as well as higher on the blank.  The road access is paved up to the campground from Burns, Oregon.  Please pack out what you pack in, no trash service is provided. 

Directions: From Burns, OR., travel west on US Highway 20 to the junction with the Burns-Izee Road 127.  Continue on the Burns-Izee Road approximately 11 miles to the junction with Forest Road 41.  Follow Forest Road 41 approximately 31 miles to the campground. Swimming in the lake is very popular. Boating - Non-Motorized. Non-motorized boats such as kayaks and canoes allow visitors to enjoy the lake in the quiet timbered setting. 

Yellowjacket campground sits on the quiet shores of Yellowjacket Lake.  This beautiful and quiet location offers abundant birding and wildlife viewing opportunities with eagles, osprey and pronghorn antelope frequenting the area.  The lake has a small sand beach and an easily accessible shoreline for fishing.  This campground has a very nice covered group picnic area. Boating - Non-Motorized

Directions: From Burns, OR., travel west on US Highway 20 to the junction with the County Road 127/Forest Road 47.  Turn right onto County Road 127/ Forest Road 47 at the sign for Yellowjacket Lake and Delintment Lake.  Follow County Road 127/ Forest Road 47 for approximately 30 miles to the junction with Forest Road 37.  Turn right onto Forest Road 37 and continue on for approximately 2.3 miles to the junction with Forest Road 3745.  Turn right on to Forest Road 3745 and continue for 1 mile then turn right at the end of Yellowjacket Lake into the camping area.

Dixie Campground: The elevation is 5,200 ft. The campground, pack it in, pack it out, is a series of switchbacks down a hillside on Dixie Summit. Lodgepole pine, along with Douglas and White fir, provide ample shade. Topography and the switchbacks provide excellent privacy. Convenience to US Rt. 26 makes this a good campground for an overnight stop. The nearby Austin House at Austin Junction, offers a cook's night out, gas, limited groceries, and some delicious ice cream cones.

Directions: From the town of Prairie City, OR., travel 8 miles east on Highway 26, the campground will be on the left..

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