Lake Owyhee State ParkLeave review
About Lake Owyhee State Park
Campgrounds in Lake Owyhee
Wake up to the sound of Lake Owyhee’s lapping waves when you pitch a tent at McCormack Campground. Here you’ll find campsites with electricity and...
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If you get a lake-side spot like we did, the view is breathtaking. Otherwise, the view is only amazing :) There were lots of fishers and RVs here, and keep in mind that you cannot reserve the tent-only sites, only the RV sites. There was a very nice couple in charge of the campground, if you arrive and have any questions about what to do or just want ice ask them! So glad to have them there. The campground is a decent hour-ish drive from the nearest freeway, but you are rewarded with a secluded campground on a giant lake.
History of Lake Owyhee State Park
The area was obtained by lease agreement from the Bureau of Reclamation in 1958. Owyhee Lake was formed by the construction of an irrigation dam on the Owyhee River in 1932. The Owyhee River derives its name from Hawaiian laborers who were fatally attacked by Snake Indians while in the service of a Hudson's Bay Company fur trapping expedition to the area in 1819. Owyhee was a variation of Hawaii commonly used in the early 19th Century.