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WALTON LAKE, OR

Status: Closed through Sat May 31 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Walton Lake Campground may be the best-known location in the Ochoco National Forest, offering a serene setting among old-growth Ponderosa pine and mountain meadows. Most sites offer sweeping lake views.

Natural Features:

Walton Lake is a blue sparkling jewel hidden within the dense forest. A small dam impounds spring-fed water that seeps from surrounding sloped meadows.

Aspen and tall willows add habitat diversity to make this place especially attractive to wildlife. This is a place to find white-headed woodpecker, belted kingfisher, spotted sandpiper, cinnamon teal, American coot, Steller's jay, yellow-headed blackbird and Brewer's blackbird.

Recreation:

Visitors can choose to spend their vacation relaxing by fishing on the shore of Walton Lake, or swimming and paddling in the water. There is a swimming beach, fishing pier and boat ramp, and the lake is stocked with rainbow trout and catfish.

There are also many trails nearby for those who would like to explore on foot or mountain bike. This includes the 7.5-mile multi-use Round Mountain Trail as well as the 1-mile Walton Lake Trail, which offers many scenic views around the lake.

Facilities:

There are paved parking spurs, picnic tables and fire rings with grills at each single site. Vault toilets are available in both sections of the camp, and a hand pump for drinking water is located in the south shore section.

There are three tables and a fire ring at each group site. These sites can accommodate three to four RVs, and there are several tent pitching spots available.

There are accessible vault toilets in the south shore section of the camp.

Nearby Attractions:

For visitors seeking a bit of civilization, the city of Prineville is nearby. There are opportunities to shop, dine out, golf, attend events and visit the local museum.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Fishing Dock
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Beach Access
  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Campfire Rings
  • Canoeing
  • Drinking Water
  • Fee Station
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Group Camping
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Lake Access
  • Mountain Biking
  • Non-Motorized Boating
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Area
  • Scenic Overlooks
  • Swimming
  • Trash Collection
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • Horses are not permitted in the park
  • Off-road vehicles can not be operated off the park roads
  • Click here for more information about Ochoco National Forest

    Due to the spread of invasive insects, firewood from outside the area is not permitted. Help protect our forests by purchasing or collecting firewood at or near your camping destination and burning it on-site. Click here for more information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
44.43306, -120.33667
44°25'59"N, 120°20'12"W

From Prineville, Oregon, take Highway 26 east for 16 miles. Turn right at the junction to Walton Lake and Big Summit Prairie (County Road 23) and travel 9 miles to Forest Service Road 22. Turn left and proceed approximately 7 miles to Walton Lake. The campground will be on the left.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

WALTON LAKE
OCHOCO NATIONAL FOREST, 3160 NE 3rd St.
PRINEVILLE OR 97754

Phone Number:

Information: (541)416-6500
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