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Walton Lake

8 Reviews


National Forest

Deschutes & Ochoco National Forests & Crooked River National Grassland


Walton Lake Campground may be the best-known location in the Ochoco National Forest, offering a serene setting among old-growth Ponderosa pine and mountain meadows. Most sites offer sweeping lake views.


Visitors can choose to spend their vacation relaxing by fishing on the shore of Walton Lake, or swimming and paddling in the water. There is a swimming beach, fishing pier and boat ramp for small self powered craft, and the lake is stocked with rainbow trout.There are also many trails nearby for those who would like to explore on foot or mountain bike. This includes the 7.5-mile multi-use Round Mountain Trail as well as the 1-mile Walton Lake Trail, which offers many scenic views around the lake.


There are paved parking spurs, picnic tables and fire rings with grills at each single site. The campistes resiside on the South Side best for large RV's while the North side is best for car and tent camping. Vault toilets are available in both sections of the camp, and a solar powered water pump for drinking water is located in the south shore section. Look for water signs to guide you located near the entrance. There are two group sites that have three tables and a fire ring at each. These sites can accommodate three to four RVs, and there are several tent pitching spots available.There are accessible accomodating campsites and vault toilets in the south shore section of the camp though everyone is welcome to rent them.__

Natural Features

Walton Lake is a blue sparkling jewel hidden within the dense forest. A small dam impounds spring-fed water that seeps from surrounding sloped meadows. Fishing is a favorite activity while hiking is very popular as is simply enjoying a picnic at the lake.Aspen and tall willows add habitat diversity to make this place especially attractive to wildlife. This is a place to find white-headed woodpecker, belted kingfisher, spotted sandpiper, cinnamon teal, American coot, Steller's jay, yellow-headed blackbird and Brewer's blackbird.

Nearby Attractions

For visitors seeking a bit of civilization, the city of Prineville is nearby. There are opportunities to shop, dine out, golf, attend events and visit the localmuseum. For those wanting to explore the Ochoco National Forest, Lookout Mt and Round Mt are great places to hike and Mt bike. Wild flowers are abundant at the Big Summit Prairie where occasional antelope, elk and deer are sometimes seen.__

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SThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2022

Walton Lake campground in Ochocos

Great camp hosts. A little scrunched together with some loud campers. Tiny lake but we’ll stocked with trout. Campfires okay!! Nice biking and hiking trails.

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Amanda B.
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2020

One of my faves!!!

Walton lake is just gorgeous. The only thing I don’t like is that some of their sites, you can’t actually park at the site, cause they’re on a hill. BUT it’s the perfect place to recharge. It was really calm and smokey when we stayed. It’s $15 a night or $60-$100 for a group site depending on the days. There are walking trails and you can even take the big loop, their are actual trailheads near by as well. We saw some deer, one of those baby deer in my pictures was running and fell and slid, it was crazy. Then ran to mama to nurse LOL. Weird thing was we spotted moo cows in the park. There is a $5 day use fee and it’s well worth is, BBQ pits and picnic tables all over. Go fishing. They also have a handicap area. Lots of toilets. I just love this place.

  • Review photo of Walton Lake by Amanda B., September 14, 2020
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Reviewed Jul. 10, 2020


Especially on the north side of the lake. Walk ins. We had #20. A bit buggy due to marsh adjacent and no view. But larger site. easy for 2 families. We would Probably stay at #21 or 22 next time. Real nice loops around the lake. Very kid friendly. Small lake. Heard owls and had something large around our tent at night.

Paved roads all the way, if you stay in the north end you avoid the rv generators. A mellow campground regardless. Great host. Clean.

The Forest itself seems to be sick and there are signs that wildlife management is trying to rehabilitate.


Walton Lake is located in Oregon

Detail location of campground


From Prineville, Oregon, take Highway 26 east for 16 miles. Turn right at the junction to Walton Lake and Big Summit Prairie (County Road 23) and travel 9 miles to Forest Service Road 22. Turn left and proceed approximately 7 miles to Walton Lake. The campground will be on the left.


Prineville, OR 97754


44.4330556 N
120.3366667 W

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