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Open Year-round
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Reservations possible?
No
RV Hookups
No
Potable water
Yes
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Given its remote, barren, and windswept character, Chickahominy Reservoir may not come to mind when you think of a luxurious lakeside weekend. However, it is recognized as an excellent trout fishery, and it is a great base from which to explore to the entire Steens Wilderness. Originally built as an irrigation reservoir, this 491-acre mud-hued lake is now managed by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and BLM. The prime fishing months are commonly April through July, but the reservoir can also be productive in the fall. The reservoir has a total of 28 designated camp sites and a few picnicking areas. Camping amenities include fire pits, picnic tables, car and RV sites, potable water (non-operational in some months), and several wind shelters. Be advised that one should expect afternoon winds most days and fluctuating water levels year to year. The reservoir provides visitors with boat ramp access as well as a fish cleaning station. Resting at 4,280 feet, this high desert lake has very little vegetation aside from a sea of sagebrush, but one can expect to observe a diverse range of birds, North American antelope and deer.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Fall

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

Excellent fishing. Solitude.

Cons

Windy and barren. Unpredictable weather and water level.

Pets allowed

Allowed

Managed by

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

Features

Vault toilet
Boat ramp(s)
Potable water
Picnic tables
Covered picnic areas

Recommended Campsites Without Photos

4, 17

Location

Field Guide

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