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.