Goose Lake State Recreation Area

Near Lakeview, Oregon, United States

Park Overview

Goose Lake State Recreation Area is a cool, shady destination teeming with wildlife on the Oregon-California border. Its grassy expanses make it an inviting place to camp.

The campground sits on the banks of Goose Lake, a large, seasonal lakebed that typically gets some water in spring. The park’s remote location makes camping reservations unnecessary. The Lake County railroad, which crosses the park, runs mid-day to the main line in Alturas, California.

Migratory waterfowl are most abundant in the spring and early summer when stream runoff is at its peak. Mule deer frequent the park during the morning and evening in late summer and fall to feed on fruit from an old homesteader's orchard located within the campground.

The park provides a base from which to explore areas such as Hart Mountain Wildlife Refuge, the 8,500-foot Warner Mountains just east of the park, and the obsidian beds in the Modoc National Forest of northeast California. Nearby Lakeview (15 miles north) offers fuel, groceries, vehicle repair services, and restaurants.

Seasonal Camping (first-come, first-served)

  • 42 electrical sites with water
  • 6 tent sites
  • 20 amp electrical
  • Grassy area for tents
  • Flush toilets and hot showers
  • RV dump station
Effective Oct 11, 2021 – Oct 31, 2021
Water will be shut off for the season Oct. 11. Campground closes for the season Oct. 31.
mdi-white-balance-sunny Open for day use Year Round mdi-tent Open for camping May 1 – Oct 30 mdi-car-side First-come, first-served camping mdi-cellphone Call for info: 800-551-6949
Call park: 541-947-3111
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Amenities & Features

Questions

mdi-help-circle-outline About Camping

Is firewood and ice available for purchase in the campground?

Yes, firewood bundles are available for purchase for $5/bundle from 4pm-8pm at the woodshed.

Yes, ice is available for purchase for $3/bag at the woodshed. 

Change is available from an on-duty park host.  Checks payable to OPRD, visa/mastercard accepted. 

Are reservations available at Goose Lake State Recreation area campground?

No, Goose Lake State Recreation Area campground is first come, first served.

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Is my pet welcome at the park?

Yes, pets are welcome at the park on a leash no longer than 6ft. 

Ask a Park Ranger or Park host about the off-leash area in the park.  The off-leash area is located west of the railroad tracks.  If you are outside that area leashes are required for your pets safety.

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Can I have an event at Goose Lake State Recreation Area?

Special events are often accomodated within Oregon State Parks.  Certain events may require a special use permit, please call 541-783-2471x24 to ask about your event.

For more questions, review our statewide FAQ

History

Purchased in 1966.

Brochures and Maps

mdi-file-pdf-box Goose Lake brochure and map

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