Lake Owyhee State Park

Major Features & Activities

  • Blue Indicates that some, but not all, facilities are accessible according to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards
Major Features & Activities:
  • Camping (ADA)
  • Reservable
  • Dump Station (ADA)
  • Picnicking (ADA)
  • Boat Ramp
  • Fishing
  • Hot Shower (ADA)
  • Cabins/Yurts Pets OK (ADA)
  • Restrooms Flush (ADA)
  • Tepee (ADA)
  • Vault Toilets (ADA)
  • Viewpoint (ADA)
  • Wildlife (ADA)


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: CLOSED
  • Gordon Gulch: 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.