Lake Owyhee State Park

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Lake Owyhee State Park

Oregon

(541) 339-2331

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Overview

Lake Owyhee State Park lies next to a 53-mile-long lake formed by Owyhee Dam. Breathtaking views of the Owyhee Mountains await. A boat trip up the lake (the park sells fuel, ice, and food to help you stock up) from the park is one of the many not-to-be-missed experiences in eastern Oregon. Look closely! Bighorn sheep and pronghorn antelope live here, as do golden eagles, coyotes, mule deer, wild horses and (rarely) mountain lions. Critters aren't your game? Rockhounds and hikers are welcome in this wilderness paradise. Use the park as your base camp to explore the badlands of Oregon. The road to Lake Owyhee Reservoir is a very scenic and picturesque drive, but please drive cautiously. The roadway is narrow and moderately steep. Drive slowly and be prepared to yield to other campers and boats as you enter and leave this recreation area. The main campground (McCormack) has 31 electric and tent sites, showers, a boat ramp, tepees, a wastewater dump station, and more. The Indian Creek campground has 27 electric sites, fuel, ice and a boat ramp. The Gordon Gulch day-use area has a boat ramp and a large, shaded picnic area.

Map of Lake Owyhee (OR)

Latitude, Longitude: 43.617560, -117.242916

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Activities

  • Boating

    A boat trip up the lake (the park sells fuel, ice, and food to help you stock up) from the park is one of the many not-to-be-missed experiences in eastern Oregon. As you explore look closely! Bighorn sheep and pronghorn antelope live here, as do golden eagles, coyotes, mule deer, wild horses and (rarely) mountain lions.

  • Camping

    The main campground (McCormack) has 31 electric and tent sites, showers, a boat ramp, tepees, a waste water dump station, and more. The Indian Creek campground has 27 electric sites, fuel, ice and a boat ramp.

  • Fishing

    Lake Owyhee State Park lies next to a 53-mile-long lake formed by Owyhee Dam. Anglers are rewarded with excellent warm water catches, especially for large mouth bass and black crappie. The reservoir also has catfish and is occasionally stocked with rainbow trout. Both campgrounds have boat ramps. There is a fish cleaning station near the McCormack Campground boat ramp parking area.

  • Hiking

    Rockhounds and hikers are welcome in this wilderness paradise. Use the park as your base camp to explore the badlands of Oregon.

  • Historic Sites

    Wondering why the lake is called Owyhee? In his account of an 1826 expedition, famed trapper Peter Skene Ogden says the name "Owyhee River" honored two Hawaiians killed by Indians on an earlier trip into the area. Owyhee was a variation of Hawaii commonly used in the early 19th century. According to legend, early travelers to the area also used the Spanish word "socorro," meaning "help" or "aid," to name Succor Creek after owing their survival to its waters.

  • Picnicking

    The Gordon Gulch day-use area has a boat ramp and a large, shaded picnic area.

  • RVing

    The main campground (McCormack) has 31 electric and tent sites, showers, a boat ramp, tepees, a wastewater dump station, and more. The Indian Creek campground has 27 electric sites, fuel, ice and a boat ramp.

Seasonality/Weather

Open April 15 through October 31. Campsites are reservable and first come, first-served. All tepees are reservable by phone at 800-452-5687.

Directions

Driving

Approximately 33 miles southwest of Nyssa.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(541) 339-2331

Campground reservations

(800) 551-6949

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