Scenic beauty, camping and water recreation at its finest in the High Desert. Mountain waters flowing out of the Ochoco Mountain Range join to form the Crooked River. The river, confined by its canyon and the Bowman Dam, forms the 15-mile long, 3,000-acre Prineville Reservoir. With two developed campgrounds and numerous primitive camps along its 43-mile shoreline, recreational opportunities are plentiful.
The fishing can be good anytime at Prineville Reservoir. The lake supports rainbow trout, small and largemouth bass, catfish, crappie, and crayfish. Other recreational activities include waterskiing, wakeboarding, windsurfing, paddle boarding, kayaking, hiking, star gazing and wildlife viewing. There are numerous year round camping opportunities within the state park on the reservoir. In the developed areas there are deluxe cabins with full amenities, full hook up RV sites and tent sites. For those who like to rough it, there are many primitive drive in and boat in campsites around the reservoir as well.
‘This location lies on the very edge of darkness. It ranks as a Class 2 on the Bortle Scale. It is comparable to Cherry Springs State Park in PA. The Prineville Reservoir is a designated “Dark Sky Park”. The camping and cabins are excellent, as is the lake for daytime recreation activities.’
Chelynne Campion is a Production/ Sales Assistant for EarthSky. Her family just purchased a telescope, and she's now learning to be a stargazer!