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Indian Lake Campground

Campground Description:  Indian Lake Campground is owned and operated by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.  This terrific tent camping and RV camping facility offers just what you are looking for - beauty, solitude and tons of outdoor activities.  Although a Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation fishing license is required to fish in Indian Lake, the small purchase price is well worth the cost.  Even if you don't fish, Indian Lake Campground is a terrific place to light a campfire and relax while looking over the pristine waterfront and distant trees.  While the campground is somewhat rustic with gravel roads and camping areas, there are enough amenities to make this stop an unforgettable camping trip.  Open year round with seasonal water, subject to weather conditions.  Reservations are accepted and a must during the summer weekends.

Number of Sites:  42 sites for both RV camping and/or tent camping

Electricity:  No

Water:  Seasonally at several central locations

Sewer:  No

Waste Water Dump Station:  Yes

Directions:  From Interstate 84 Eastbound or Westbound - Follow I-84 to Pendleton.  Once in Pendleton, take exit 209.  Turn south onto Highway 395.  Follow Highway 395 south for approximately 13.5 miles to Pilot Rock.  In south Pilot Rock look for East Birch Creek Road.  Turn left (east) onto East Birch Creek Road.  Follow East Birch Creek Road for approximately 18.8 miles to Indian Lake.  The entrance is on your right (south) side of the street.

Fishing:  Yes, Indian Lake is stocked regularly with Rainbow Trout.  Annually, there is a fishing tournament held on Fathers Day.  Note - your Oregon State fishing license is worthless at Indian Lake.  You must obtain a Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation fishing permit for $9.00 per day or $20.00 per year.  See the Indian Lake Recreation web site listed below for more information.

Astronomy Opportunities:  The campground at Indian Lake has too many trees to allow any astronomy camping.  Some clear skies can be found at the day use area.  The exact location for computerized telescopes is 45.36824 N, 11855226 W

Nearby Golfing:  South of Pendleton on Highway 395 - 33 miles from Indian Lake Campground

Pendleton Golf Course
69772 Highway 395 South
Pendleton, OR 97801
541-443-4653
Pendleton Golf Course

Contact Information: 

Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation
Indian Lake Recreation Area
PO Box 638
Pendleton, OR 97801
541-276-3873
Indian Lake Recreation Area

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The sign at the entrance to Indian Lake Campground near Pendleton, Oregon

The restroom facilities at Indian Lake offer simple pit toilets

Indian Lake Campground is situated on the shores of an 80 acre lake

Many of the RV camping or tent camping sites at Indian Lake Campground are within deep forested areas

The group meeting area at Indian Lake Campground on the Umitalla Indian Reservation

Almost one-half of the RV camping and tent camping sites overlook Indian Lake

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