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Ochoco Mountains, Oregon

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  • Walton Lake from the walk-in campsites on the lake's northwestern shore.- Walton Lake
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Small lake is good for kids.
Cons: 
Relatively small lake for canoeing or kayaking.
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Region:
Ochoco Mountains, OR
Congestion: 
High
Site characteristics: Water: 
Lake
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
Portage required: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Water difficulty: 
Easy / Class A
Current Local Weather:
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Paddle Description

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Just north of Lookout and Round Mountains, Walton Lake is one of the most popular destinations in the Ochocos.  The reservoir is set in the middle of old-growth ponderosa pines, lush meadows, and it enjoys the blue skies that are the hallmark of summer in Central and Eastern Oregon.  If you are in the Ochocos and traveling with kids, an afternoon at Walton Lake should definitely be on your itinerary.  Everyone can enjoy swimming or paddling in the lake's crisp blue waters, or bring a rod and try for some of the lake's stocked fish.

Walton Lake Campground does get booked in the summer, so reserve early to get a spot.  For a quieter option, Lookout Mountain has a few free, non-designated campsites near the trailhead, or you can make reservations at the tranquil Cold Springs Guard Station on the eastern end of Big Summit Prairie.

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(4 within a 30 mile radius)

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