Lake Owyhee State Park

Park History

Lake Owyhee State Park is a remote oasis catering to camping and boating on the shore of a scenic desert canyon reservoir.

The area was obtained by lease agreement from the Bureau of Reclamation in 1958. Owyhee Lake was formed by the construction of an irrigation dam on the Owyhee River in 1932. The Owyhee River derives its name from Hawaiian laborers who were fatally attacked by Snake Indians while in the service of a Hudson's Bay Company fur trapping expedition to the area in 1819. Owyhee was a variation of Hawaii commonly used in the early 19th Century. 

Acreage: 1,090

Annual overnight attendance: 13,771

Annual day-use attendance: 242,828


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