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Unity Lake State Recreation Site

Near John Day, Oregon, United States

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COVID-19 Update

Park is open with reduced services.

  • Restroom and day-use area are open.
  • Campground and hiker/biker camp are open, first-come first served.
  • Reserve cabins up to two weeks in advance for stays beginning June 9. 
  • Reduced garbage service. Please, pack out trash.
  • No ice sales
  • Do not travel far to visit.
  • Facilities may close without notice.  
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The high desert surroundings of this park offer a unique experience to its guests. The fragrant smell of juniper lingers in the air and thrills the senses. The cool grass of the park is a vibrant contrast to the sagebrush and cheatgrass of the bordering lands. The Burnt River comes to rest behind the Unity Dam before continuing its path down the valley. Relax on the shores or enjoy water sports. There's a boat ramp to accommodate the water skier as well as the angler. A peacefulness will engulf you at Unity Lake State Recreation Area whatever you choose to do.

Campground info

  • 35 electrical sites with water (first-come, first-served)
  • Two reservable cabins (One pet-friendly; see our Pets in Parks FAQ for more info)
  • Hot showers and flush toilets
  • Hiker/biker camp
  • ADA-accessible RV dump station
  • Firewood and ice for sale

Universal Access

Two sites are accessible to campers with disabilities.

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 1 – Oct 31
COVID-19 may affect dates
mdi-cellphone Call for reservations: 800-452-5687
Call for info: 800-551-6949
Call park: 541-446-3470
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Amenities & Features

History

Thirty acres of the park are managed under a 1959 lease agreement with the U. S. Bureau of Reclamation. The additional nine acres were purchased from a private owner. Unity Lake was formed after the damming of Burnt River by the Bureau of Reclamation to provide agricultural irrigation water. The park was created to provide public access to the lake.

Brochures and Maps

mdi-file-pdf-box Unity Lake 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.