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Lake Owyhee State Park - McCormack Campground
Campground Description: McCormack Campground is owned and operated by the State of Oregon. It is located within the Lake Owyhee State Park. Situated on the shore of the Owyhee Reservoir McCormack Campground is made for water sport enthusiasts. This area of Oregon State gets quite warm (temperatures over 100° F) in the summer and is very cold (temperatures below 0° F) in the winter. Summer RV camping in an air-conditioned rig would be comfortable. Tent camping could be very uncomfortable at times. Shopping and restaurants are available in Nyssa (31 miles NE) and Ontario (43 miles NE). Wildlife viewing is popular in this area with bighorn sheep, pronghorn antelope, golden eagles and wild horses being the primary wildlife. The Owyhee River downstream of the dam offers fly fishermen (fly fishing only) a chance to hook brown trout up to 30" long! Open April 15 to October 31. Reservations are available for the Teepees only.
Number of Sites: 31 RV camping or tent camping sites plus 2 teepees
Electricity: At 31 sites
Water: At 31 sites
Waste Water Dump Station: Yes
Directions: From Interstate 84 Eastbound or Eastbound - Once in Ontario take exit 376 and turn West on Highway 30/East Idaho Avenue. Follow Highway 30/West Idaho Avenue until it ends at South Dorian Drive. Turn left (south) on South Dorian Drive. Follow for .25 miles to Highway 201/Olds Ferry Ontario Highway. Turn right (west) onto Highway 201/Olds Ferry Ontario Highway. Follow Highway 201 for 2.5 miles to Highway 20/26. Follow Highway 20/26 South for 7.9 miles to Nyssa and the junction of Highway 20/26 and Highway 201. Turn right (south) onto Highway 201 and follow for 8.25 miles to Owyhee and Owyhee Avenue. Turn right (west) onto Owyhee Avenue and follow for 4.0 miles to Owyhee Lake Road. Turn left (south) onto Owyhee Lake Road and follow for 20.25 miles to the entrance to the campground. Sound complicated? Don't worry. There are plenty of signs for Lake Owyhee State Park starting in Ontario.
Fishing: Yes. Be aware that only fly fishing is allowed on the Owyhee River. The Owyhee reservoir allows lures, bait and fly fishing.
Astronomy Opportunities: Very good. The only light pollution is from the campground. There are few trees to interfere with telescopes. The exact location for computerized telescopes is 43.62585° N, 117.23573° W
In Ontario (43 miles NE):Shadow Butte Golf Course 1345 Golf Course Rd
Ontario, OR 97914-4640
(541) 889-9022 Shadow Butte Golf Course
Contact Information:Oregon Parks and Recreation Department
725 Summer Street NE, Suite C
Salem, OR 97301 1-800-551-6949 Lake Owyhee State Park
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Sign at the entrance to McCormack Campground within Lake Owyhee State Park
Map of the facilities at McCormack Campground within Lake Owyhee State Park
The restrooms offer flush toilets and hot showers at McCormack Campground within Lake Owyhee State Park
A typical back-in electrical and water RV camping site at McCormack Campground within Lake Owyhee State Park
There are lawn areas at McCormack Campground within Lake Owyhee State Park for tent campers
One of two of the teepees at McCormack Campground within Lake Owyhee State Park
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