Anglers fly fishing on a summer evening at Fish Lake, July 10, 2018, by Greg Shine, BLM.
Fish Lake Campground is located on the western slope of Steens Mountain. At 7400-foot elevation, visitors will find 23 campsites among aspen stands and shore willows. Camping, swimming, picnicking, cross-country hiking, and fishing are the most popular activities in the area. The lake is stocked annually with keeper rainbow trout and has a naturally reproducing population of brook trout. Anglers can enjoy motor-less boat, dock, or shoreline fishing for up to five, 8-inch minimum, trout per day. Just three miles to the southeast, Jackman Park Campground is a small, 6-site camp amid aspen trees and lush greenery.
This area has some of the best fall-color viewing on the mountain. Keep your eyes out for historic tree carvings made by sheepherders in the early to mid-1900s, too.
Know Before You Go: Campgrounds are open in conjunction with snowpack conditions on the Steens Mountain Loop Road -use is typically early July through October.
Camping fees are $8 at Fish Lake and $6 at Jackman Park, per vehicle, per night. Campsites are available on a first come, first serve basis -no reservations.
Drinking water and vault restrooms are available.
Fish Lake can accommodate trailers up to 26 feet; Jackman Park is suitable for tent or vehicle camping only.
From Bums, take State Highway 78 southeast for approximately 2 miles. Tum right onto State Highway 205 and travel south for 60 miles to Frenchglen, Oregon. Just past Frenchglen, tum left onto the Steens Mountain Loop Road. Travel approximately 17 miles on the Loop Road before turning right into Fish Lake Campground. The entrance to Jackman Park Campground is three miles past Fish Lake.
Bums District Bureau of Land Management 28910 Hwy 20 West
Hines, OR 97738
Video by Greg Shine, BLM, July 20, 2016.