Lake Owyhee State Park

  General Advisory 07/21/17
Due to open burn bans and similar restrictions by county, state and federal agencies in Malheur County, effective July 26th campfires at Lake Owyhee State Park will be conditionally restricted. At all times campfires must be less than 24” tall. When winds exceed approximately 15 mph (determined by the ranger on duty), fires must be extinguished completely. With irrigated grounds surrounding most campsites, the above restrictions will limit the risk of wildfire while maintaining reasonable recreational opportunities when the conditions are right. Open burning may be completely banned if conditions worsen and/or firefighting resources become limited. ******AUGUST 16-23, 2017: All open flames including campfires and charcoal briquettes are prohibited. Propane BBQ's with lids allowed.
Major park features and activities.  ADA means some or all are ADA accessible.

  • Camping (ADA)
  • Reservable
  • Dump Station (ADA)
  • Picnicking (ADA)
  • Restrooms Flush (ADA)
  • Vault Toilets (ADA)
  • Hot Shower (ADA)
  • Tepee (ADA)
  • Viewpoint (ADA)
  • Wildlife (ADA)
  • Boat Ramp
  • Fishing
  • Cabins/Yurts Pets OK (ADA)

 
Major Park Features:
  • Camping (ADA)
  • Reservable
  • Dump Station (ADA)
  • Picnicking (ADA)
  • Restrooms Flush (ADA)
  • Vault Toilets (ADA)
  • Hot Shower (ADA)
  • Tepee (ADA)
  • Viewpoint (ADA)
  • Wildlife (ADA)
  • Boat Ramp
  • Fishing
  • Cabins/Yurts Pets OK (ADA)

****SEE GENERAL ADVISORY FOR CAMPFIRE RESTRICTIONS - EFFECTIVE JULY 26th****

Note for the Aug. 21, 2017, solar eclipse: No first-come, first-served camping Aug. 18-20. All sites are reserved and full. Eclipse web page

Owyhee Reservoir is a 53-mile-long lake, filling a narrow, deep canyon brimming with colorful volcanic rock formations.  Many boaters return each year to explore the desert canyon and rugged mountains. Some of the geology is visible only by boat. Anglers are awarded excellent warm water catches, especially largemouth bass, white and black crappie.  The reservoir also has catfish and is occasionally stocked with rainbow trout.

The road to Lake Owyhee Reservoir is a very scenic and picturesque drive, but please drive cautiously. The road is narrow and moderately steep in places. Drive slowly and be prepared to yield to other campers and boats as you enter and leave the area.

Follow park rules and boating safety regulations.  The nearest emergency services are 33 miles away, in Nyssa. The closest hospital is in Ontario, about an hour drive from the park.

No pay phones or cell phone service at the park.  Volunteer hosts and staff are not always available.  This is a remote recreational experience.  Please prepare accordingly.

Current boat ramp info

  • McCormack: OPEN
  • Gordon Gulch: OPEN
  • Indian Creek: OPEN

Check the Bureau of Reclamation website for current water levels, check current conditions at bottom of page

Campground information: Indian Creek and McCormack campgrounds are closed to reservations starting October 1, but available first come, first served during October. Both campgrounds close for the season on November 1.

Gordon Gulch Day Use picnic area is open year round.

McCormack Campground

  • 29 electrical sites with water
  • Eight tent sites with water nearby
  • Two tepees (open May 1; one pet-friendly)
  • Hot showers and flush toilets
  • RV dump station
  • Firewood, ice for sale

Indian Creek Campground

  • 26 electrical sites with water
  • Boat ramp
  • Marine fuel, firewood and ice for sale

Universal Access
McCormack has two sites and one tepee accessible to campers with disabilities.

Indian Creek has two sites accessible to campers with disabilities.