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SHORT CREEK GUARD STATION, OR
part ofMalheur National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Closed through Thu May 21 2015 Season Dates
OverviewShort Creek Guard Station is a great place to stay to enjoy the nearby Monument Rock and Strawberry Mountain wilderness areas, as well as the North Fork of the Malheur Scenic River. The cabin offers access to a variety of recreational activities, including hiking, hunting, fishing and viewing wildlife.
The cabin provides all the comforts of a home, including drinking water during the summer months. Guests are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities.
The cabin is situated in a corner of a small meadow surrounded by tall ponderosa pines, at an elevation of about 5,000 feet. It is about 38 miles from the town of John Day, in north-central Oregon.
In the warmers months, popular activities include hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, fishing and wildlife viewing around the cabin and in the nearby wilderness areas and the North Fork of the Malheur Scenic River.
The kitchen is equipped with a propane cook stove, sink, propane refrigerator, propane lights and a propane heater that heats the entire facility. The small indoor bathroom provides a flush toilet and a shower during summer months only. Additionally, the building is equipped with a propane hot water heater, which provides hot water to the shower and sinks during the summer months only.
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Know Before You GoAttention visitors: Short Creek Guard Station opened in 2011 for the first time to renters. In the past, hunters and hikers were allowed to fill up their water from the outside water faucet. Signs have been posted at the rental stating that water is no longer available to the public. However, you may still encounter a few long-time local people or long-time hunters who will stop and ask to use the water. You do have the right to say no to their requests. We are working to remedy this issue. The Malheur National Forest Recreation Department is working hard to ensure your safety and enjoyment while staying at all of our rentals.
Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
From the town of Prairie City turn onto Bridge Street. Continue on Bridge Street up and over a little hill and stay on this road past the cemetery. The road then changes to County Road 62; continue on County Road 62 approximately 19 miles to the junction with Forest Road 16. Turn left onto Forest Road 16, follow Forest Road 16 for approximately 14 miles to the junction with Forest Road 13; turn onto Forest Road 13. The guard station will be less than an 1/8th of a mile and will be on the left.
Mailing Address:SHORT CREEK GUARD STATION
DISTRICT OFFICE: 327 SW Front St., P.O. Box 337
Prairie City OR 97869
Phone Number:Information: (541)820-3800