Fish Lake Recreation Site Campground

Steens Mountain Wilderness

Southeastern Oregon, Oregon

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Fish Lake Recreation Site Campground

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  • The gradual western slope of Steens Mountain (9,734').- Fish Lake Recreation Site Campground
  • View near Fish Lake looking northwest toward Frenchglen.- Fish Lake Recreation Site Campground
  • Vault Toilet Facility at Fish Lake Campground.- Fish Lake Recreation Site Campground
  • Fish Lake.- Fish Lake Recreation Site Campground
  • Quaking aspen grove at Fish Lake Campground.- Fish Lake Recreation Site Campground
  • Fish Lake Campground.- Fish Lake Recreation Site Campground
  • Fish Lake.- Fish Lake Recreation Site Campground
  • Quaking aspen grove at Fish Lake Campground.- Fish Lake Recreation Site Campground
  • Typical campsite at Fish Lake Campground.- Fish Lake Recreation Site Campground
  • Typical campsite at Fish Lake Campground.- Fish Lake Recreation Site Campground
  • Typical campsite at Fish Lake Campground.- Fish Lake Recreation Site Campground
  • Lakeside campsite at Fish Lake Campground.- Fish Lake Recreation Site Campground
  • Fish Lake.- Fish Lake Recreation Site Campground
  • Fish Lake.- Fish Lake Recreation Site Campground
  • Picnic area at Pate Lake, across from Fish Lake.- Fish Lake Recreation Site Campground
  • Pate Lake, across from Fish Lake.- Fish Lake Recreation Site Campground
  • Pate Lake, across from Fish Lake.- Fish Lake Recreation Site Campground
  • Pate Lake, across from Fish Lake.- Fish Lake Recreation Site Campground
  • Picnic area at Pate Lake, across from Fish Lake.- Fish Lake Recreation Site Campground
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Access to Steens Mountain adventures. Lakeside campsites. Aspen groves.
Cons: 
No potable water. No Reservations. Short open season.
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Region:
Southeastern Oregon, OR
Managed by: 
Bureau of Land Management
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Reservations possible: 
No
Current Local Weather:
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Campground Description

Campground Description

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Southeastern Oregon is known for its high desert spaces and the great expanses of sky and earth, and when you add a sparkling mountain lake, quaking aspen and shore willows, a truly remarkable Steens Mountain experience results. Fish Lake sits only 20 miles from the town of Frenchglen and up the western slope of Steens Mountain. Here, at 7,400 feet, 23 campsites border the banks and offer visitors opportunities for swimming, fishing, picnicking and adventuring on one of Oregon’s most unique mountains. As you approach Fish Lake, be sure to catch the view of the valley below as you ascend the mountain’s steady slope.

Note: Fish Lake Recreation Site Campground is open July 15 through November 1 and operates on a first-come, first-served basis. The Steens Mountain Loop Road is seasonally open based on snowpack. Call the Bureau of Land Management's local station in Hines at 541.573.4400 for more information.

Travel Safe

Be sure to fill up on gas before heading out to the Steens Mountain and Alvord Desert area. Year-round gas stations are in Burns and Fields, Oregon. The gas station in Frenchglen is only open during the summer months. Further, cell phone reception is virtually nonexistent in much of the area, so travel with extra provisions. If you plan to explore the area extensively, we highly recommend bringing additional, full gasoline canisters to ensure that you don't get stranded.

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