Owyhee Reservoir is a 53-mile-long lake, filling a narrow, deep canyon brimming with colorful volcanic rock formations. Many boaters return year after year to explore the desert canyon and rugged mountains. Some of the geology is visible only by boat. Anglers are awarded with excellent warm water catches, especially for largemouth bass, white and black crappie. The reservoir also has catfish and is occasionally stocked with rainbow trout. The Indian Creek campground and the Gordon Gulch Day-use area have boat ramps. Marine fuel, firewood and ice are available for sale.
The road to Lake Owyhee Reservoir is a very scenic and picturesque drive, but please drive cautiously. The roadway is narrow and moderately steep in places. Drive slowly and be prepared to yield to other campers and boats as you enter and leave this recreation area.
Follow park rules and boating safety regulations. The nearest emergency services are 33 miles away, in Nyssa. The closest hospital is in Ontario, and about an hours drive from the park.
There are no pay phones or cell phone service at the Park. Volunteer hosts and staff are not always available. Although there are developed facilities, this is a remote recreational experience. Please prepare accordingly.
Current boat ramp info – Updated 02/24/2017
- McCormack: CLOSED
- Gordon Gulch: OPEN
- Indian Creek: CLOSED
Check the Bureau of Reclamation website for current water levels, check current conditions at bottom of page
Campground information: Indian Creek and McCormack Campgrounds are closed to reservations October 1, 2016. Oct 1-31st camping is a First Come-First serve basis. Both campgrounds close for the winter season on November 1, 2016
Gordon Gulch Day Use picnic area is open year round.
- Approximately 29 electrical sites with water
- Approximately eight tent sites with water nearby
- Two tepees (open May 1; 1 pet-friendly)
- Hot showers and flush toilets
- RV dump station
- Firewood for sale
Indian Creek Campground
- More than 25 electrical sites with water
- Five primitive tent sites with standing barbecues
- Boat ramp
- Marine fuel and ice
McCormack has two campsites and one tepee are accessible to campers with disabilities. Two campsites at Indian Creek are accessible to campers with disabilities.