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Lake Owyhee State Park

Near Ontario, Oregon, United States

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COVID-19 UPDATE

Park is open with reduced services.
  • Gordan Gulch Day-use Area is open, including boat ramp and vault toilets.
  • Campgrounds and boat ramps are open -- see below for details.
  • Marine fuel for sale at limited times.
  • Reduced garbage service. Pack out trash.
  • Do not travel far to visit. Be prepared to turn around if crowded.
  • Facilities may close without notice. 

Camping and Facilities

Campgrounds are open and accepting reservations up to 30 days in advance at oregonstateparks.reserveamerica.com.

McCormack Campground 

  • 29 electrical sites with water
  • Nine tent sites with water nearby
  • Two sites accessible to campers with disabilities
  • Hot showers and flush toilets
  • RV dump station
  • Boat ramp 
  • Firewood and ice for sale

Indian Creek Campground

  • 22 electrical sites with water (two accessible)
  • Two cabins (open March 1 - Nov 15; one pet-friendly, one accessible) 
  • Boat ramp
  • Firewood and ice for sale

 


 

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 large mouth bass, white and black crappie.  The reservoir also has catfish and is occasionally stocked with rainbow trout.

Know Before You Go

  • No pay phones or cell phone service at the park.  
  • This is a remote park. The nearest emergency services are 33 miles away, in Nyssa. The closest hospital is in Ontario, about an hour drive from the park.
  • For your safety, follow park rules and boating safety regulations. 
  • The road to Lake Owyhee Reservoir 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.
  • Check the Bureau of Reclamation website for current water levels. Check current conditions at bottom of page.

Park hours and reservations

  • Indian Creek and McCormack campgrounds are open April 15 - Oct. 31. Camping is first-come, first-served only during April and October.
  • Both campgrounds close for the season on November 1. 
  • Check-in after 4pm, check-out by 1pm.
  • Gordon Gulch Day-use picnic area is open year round.
  • Water may be off before April 15 and after Oct. 15. 

 

Effective Sep 18, 2020
Campfires are banned in all state parks, including campgrounds, day-use areas, and beaches. The ban includes wood, charcoal briquettes, candles, tiki torches and other devices that emit flames or embers. Propane stoves and other cooking devices that have an immediate shutoff valve are allowed for cooking only. Locally, park managers have discretion to allow fires in designated campfire rings only if conditions have improved enough to do so. 
mdi-white-balance-sunny Open for day use Year Round
COVID-19 may affect dates
mdi-tent Open for camping Apr 15 – Oct 31
COVID-19 may affect dates
mdi-cellphone Call for reservations: 800-452-5687
Call for info: 800-551-6949
Call park: 541-339-2331
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Amenities & Features

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. 

Brochures and Maps

mdi-file-pdf-box Lake Owyhee & Succor Creek campground brochure and map

Photos & Video

Some parks are open for day-use and camping, with reduced services. Check the Park Status Map and FAQ for details. Campfire restrictions may be in place.