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, and the lake is stocked with rainbow trout and catfish.
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. Vault toilets are available in both sections of the camp, and a hand pump for drinking water is located in the south shore section.
There are three tables and a fire ring at each group site. These sites can accommodate three to four RVs, and there are several tent pitching spots available.
There are accessible vault toilets in the south shore section of the camp.
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.
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.
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 local museum.
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This was the first stop on our one year anniversary camping trip. We showed up on the 4th of July and got the last walk up site! Pros: the drinking water is amazing and is run on a solar pump! The sites are big on the far side of the lake and the walk around is a nice easy stroll. There are resident geese and duck families that swim right up next to you all the time. We enjoyed kayaking and fishing our days away! Our dogs loved swimming in the lake too and lounging by the water! Cons: we had site 22 and it has very little shade during peak hours of the day. Bring a pop up for sure! We hope to bring our families back next summer!
It’s very beautiful and quiet.
What a sweet place, it was nearly full when we stayed, but still felt as though we were in the woods camping, spaces spaced apart, quiet, beautiful lake, many fishermen, my daughter swam in the Lake, and we took a short hike for a beautiful view. Also a short day trip from the Painted Hills in John Day (45 min) which is well worth the drive!
On the spur of the moment, we decided to stay at this campsite and ended up staying two nights. The sites were clean with good flat spots for tents. They had fire pits, clean toilets, and very nice campsite hosts. The lake is little but charming. There is a trail that runs around the lake which is a nice, easy hike. My boys loved riding their bikes around the campground (which is small enough that you can see them even if they are on the other side of the lake). There were kids kayaking and swimming in the lake and about a dozen people fishing. The only downside, in my opinion, was that the sites weren't very private; we could see and hear all of our neighbors. This is a good spot for families with kids.
This was a spontaneous campground visit. The campground circles the lake with many spots to choose from. Our site had a pull in just enough for one SUV and a motorcycle. The site itself had a fire ring with grill and easy access to the scenic lake. The downside the site was on a obvious slope and it could only hold one tent.