Lake Owyhee State Park

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About Lake Owyhee State Park

Colorful volcanic rock formations shoot up from the 53-mile-long Lake Owyhee, rewarding visitors with incredible views and tons of nooks and crannies to explore. The best way to experience the lake and see the surrounding red, rugged mountains is by boat, and don’t forget a fishing rod--you’ve got a good chance of hooking largemouth bass, black cappie, catfish, and the occasional stocked trout. Be sure to look up from the water every now and then; you may spot antelope, bighorn sheep, and coyotes roaming among the canyon rocks. Or travel on two legs on one of the park’s hiking trails, then cool off with a swim in the lake. Venture out of your tent, which you can pitch in one of two campgrounds, and check out the sky after dark descends; you’ll be dazzled by the nightly show the stars put on.

Campgrounds in Lake Owyhee

McCormack Campground

1. McCormack Campground

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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Brian: If you get a lake-side spot like we did, the view is breathtaking. Otherwise, the view is only amazing :) There were lots of...
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Indian Creek Campground

2. Indian Creek Campground

Get away from it all at Indian Creek; this campground has 26 sites with electricity and water and five primitive sites tricked out with standing...

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Lake Owyhee
hipcamper
June 5th, 2015
Lake Owyhee
hipcamper
June 5th, 2015
Lake Owyhee
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June 5th, 2015
Lake Owyhee
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June 5th, 2015
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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.

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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.