Macks Canyon Site

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Macks Canyon Site


(541) 416-6700


Things To Do


Macks Canyon is a great place to experience both natural beauty and archaeological intrigue. The Mack Canyon archaeological site is a large, prehistoric village locale overlooking the Deschutes River in north-central Oregon. The site is characterized by shallow, circular, semi-subterranean house depressions, surface artifacts, and riverine shell deposits. Limited excavations conducted in the late 1960's indicate that the site was the location of a winter village occupied by Sahaptin-speaking people of the Columbia Plateau. Although the main period of occupation appears to have occurred within the last 2,000 years, the site may have been occupied as early as 5,000 BC. A campground with several picnic tables is situated at the end of the access road along the east bank of the Lower Deschutes River. The area is also popular with boaters and fishermen. In addition, the route to Macks Canyon is a National Back Country Byway. The majority of visitor facilities in the area are maintained by the Prineville BLM district, at the Lower Deschutes River.

Map of Macks Canyon Site

Latitude, Longitude: 45.231503, -120.521736



  • Boating

    This river is not really suitable for boating.

  • Camping

    A rustic tent campsite is located near the canyon.

  • Fishing

    Fishing is a popular activity on the Lower Deschutes river, where steelhead salmon are commonly caught.

  • Hiking

    Hiking in the areas around the canyon offers the opportunity for visitors to imagine it's nuanced and interesting past.

  • Historic Sites

    As an archaeological site, Macks Canyon has many interesting opportunities to see historically significant or intriguing areas.

Phone Numbers


(541) 416-6700