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.
Firewood bundles are available for purchase for $5/bundle from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. at the woodshed in the campground. Ice is not available for purchase at the park.
No, Goose Lake State Recreation Area campground is first-come, first-served.
Yes, pets are welcome at the park. Pets are required to be on a leash no longer than six feet, except in the parks pet exercise area. This off-leash area is located west of the railroad tracks.
Special events are often accomodated within Oregon State Parks. Certain events may require a Special Use Permit. Please call the park office at 541-783-2471 to ask about your event.
Purchased in 1966.