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Prineville Reservoir State Park

Near Bend, Oregon, United States

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Scenic beauty, camping and water recreation are at their finest at this high desert park. Mountain waters flowing out of the Ochoco Mountain Range join to form the Crooked River. The river, confined by its canyon and the Bowman Dam, forms the 15-mile long, 3,000-acre Prineville Reservoir.  The park comprises the main day-use area and campground, the Jasper Point boat ramp and campground, and numerous drive-in and boat-in primitive campsites along the 43-mile shoreline.

The stars truly shine brighter here, earning the park a rare designation as a certified International Dark Sky Park. The certification recognizes the exceptional quality of the park's night skies as well as the park's efforts to install responsible lighting that minimizes light pollution. If you're staying the night, check the park calendar on site for scheduled night sky programs.

The main day-use area has a boat ramp as well as a roped-off swimming area, accessible fishing pier and fish cleaning station; 32 boat moorages are available. Boat launching is also available at Jasper Point and the US Bureau of Reclamation's Crook County, Powderhouse Cove, and Roberts Bay East boat ramps. To escape the crowds and see more wildlife, drive east on a dirt road that follows the northeast shoreline for 6 miles to Combs Flat Road. This portion of the lake is more shallow and narrow, and the shoreline is mudflat, meadow, or willow shrubland. 

Fishing is excellent anytime; the lake supports rainbow trout, small and largemouth bass, catfish, crappie, and crayfish. Fish for trout year-round by boat or from shore; the biggest fish are known to bite during the winter months.  Bass, catfish and crappie fishing is best between May and October. For information, see the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife fishing report

Year-round Camping

Book reservations for the main campground up to 6 months in advance at oregonstateparks.reserveamerica.com.

  • 22 full-hookup sites
  • 22 electrical sites with water
  • 23 tent sites with water nearby
  • Five deluxe log cabins (one pet-friendly)
  • Flush toilets and hot showers
  • Firewood and ice for sale
  • Universal Access: Two campsites and two cabins are accessible to campers with disabilities.

Seasonal Camping at Jasper Point

Located 3 miles east of the main campground, Jasper Point is a small, quiet loop with 28 electrical sites that are first-come, first-served, and one reservable cabin. A lakeside trail connects the two campgrounds. 

Know Before You Go

  • Some boat ramps on the reservoir may close when water levels are low. Visit the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation website for current water levels and boat ramp elevations.
  • Campfire restrictions are often in place during the summer months.
Effective Jul 22, 2021
Open flame restrictions are in effect beginning July 22 until further notice. The ban includes charcoal fires, cooking fires, warming fires, pellet-fueled grills, candles, tiki torches and other devices that emit flames or embers. Portable cooking stoves and lanterns using liquefied or bottle fuels are allowed, though propane fire pits are not. The ban applies to all state parks and state-managed forests east of Interstate 5 and will remain in place until conditions improve.
Effective Aug 23, 2021 – Sep 30, 2021
Plan for low water levels on the reservoir and a long walk to get to the water. Boats with motors are not advised. Only small watercraft recommended, such as canoes, kayaks, paddle boards and floats. 
  • The boat ramps at the main Prineville Reservoir State Park day-use area, Powderhouse Cove and Jasper Point are closed due to low water levels. 
  • The Roberts Bay and County boat ramps are open to small, non-motorized watercraft. 
  • Swimming is still allowed, but we had to remove the floating guardrails that protect the swim area. 
  • No boat moorage in 2021.
  • The Prineville Resort is closed. No fuel is available for purchase — please come prepared.


Effective Jul 14, 2021 – May 1, 2022
Potable water services are limited this summer due to drought conditions that have contributed to our well almost going dry. To conserve water, we have made the following service changes:
  • D building (flushing restroom in day-use area) is closed for the season
  • C building showers have limited hours: 8-10 a.m. and 6-8 p.m.
  • B building is closed to help further our water conservation efforts.
We are trucking potable water into the park weekly. Thank you for your patience.
Effective Jul 12, 2021
Plan for low water levels on the reservoir and a long walk to get to the water. Boats with motors are not advised. Only small watercraft recommended, such as canoes, kayaks, paddle boards and floats. 
  • The boat ramps at Powderhouse Cove and Jasper Point are closed due to low water levels. One lane of the boat ramp in the main day use area at Prineville Reservoir is open.
  • The Roberts Bay and County boat ramps are open to small, non-motorized watercraft. 
  • Swimming is still allowed, but we had to remove the floating guardrails that protect the swim area. We plan to re-install the swim area in May 2020.
  • No boat moorage in 2021.
  • The Prineville Resort is closed. No fuel is available for purchase — please come prepared.

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Call for info: 800-551-6949
Call park: 541-447-4363
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Questions

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Is the park open year round?

Yes.  The main park campsites and deluxe cabins are open year round for reservations or walk in use.  Jasper Point campground closes Oct. through April.

Can I launch my boat year round on the reservoir?

Yes and No.  The main park boat ramp is the only ramp long enough to use year round.  In the winter the lake can ice up prohibiting boat launching.   

How many boat ramps are on the reservoir?

There are six official boat ramps on the reservoir.  Locations include, Prineville Resort, Jasper Point, Prineville main park, County boat ramp, Powder House Cove, Robert's Bay West.  Depending on water levels, most of these ramps are useable between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Is there a day use fee on the reservoir?

No.  There are no fees to use any of the day use recreation sites on the reservoir. 

Are there any restrictions to boating use on the reservoir?

House Boats are not allowed on Prineville Reservoir.  The Bureau of Reclamation restricts their use on this reservoir.  Other power boats, personal water craft, sail boats, kayaks and other forms of paddling are allowed.  Boating laws are enforced by the Crook County Marine Patrol.   

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Where can I swim?

The lakes and rivers found within Oregon State Parks are open to unsupervised swimming. You are responsible for your own safety. Before you enter the water, you should judge your swimming skills against possible strong currents, cold water, underwater objects and steep drop-offs. Remember, that many of our natural bodies of water and man-made reservoirs are filled by snow runoff and remain cold year round. Please bring and wear a personal flotation device and swim with a buddy.

Can I fill a personal pool, run sprinklers or misters?

No. Because of the drought and water shortage, water from the campsite, campground  or other park water sources can't be used to fill personal pools, sprinklers or misters.

For more questions, review our statewide FAQ

History

As part of the Crooked River Federal Reclamation Project, the Department of the Interior authorized the construction of Bowman Dam between 1958 and 1961.  The project's purpose was to furnish water for irrigation, flood control and fish and wildlife management.   Through the Crook County Court, and a lease from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, the land for the park was obtained in 1961.  A lease agreement between the Bureau of Reclamation and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department allows the State to manage and maintain the natural resources and recreational uses on the reservoir.

Brochures and Maps

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Photos & Video

Events

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Prineville Reservoir Interpretive Program - September 25th

View the Night Time Sky!

Join us at Prineville Reservoir State Park Observatory, located in the day-use area next to the beach.  Viewing Earth’s Moon, Jupiter…

Next happening — Sep 25, 2021 mdi-clock 7:00 PM View session