The reservoir is owned and operated by the Powder Valley Water Control District who allow for recreation facilities located on the southeast portion of the reservoir. Maintenance and operations are provided by the Union County Parks Department with support from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and the Oregon State Marine Board.
The park offers 17 primitive camping sites, vaulted toilets, dock and boat ramp (5mph speed limit). Pilcher Creek Reservoir is nestled in the foothills of the Elkhorn Mountains with picturesque scenery, a choice destination for camping enthusiasts. The fishing is great and wildlife is abundant. An elk feeding/viewing station is nearby and elk can typically be seen during the winter months.
Plenty of campsites available. Campsites are drive up with fire pits and picnic tables. Very clean vault toilets. I had two neighbors and it was very quiet all night. No trash. There was a working water pump at the campsite. No bugs. Accessible via a long dirt road, no issue for my Honda Civic. Campground is not marked from the road. I’ve slept at 10 or so free campsites nationwide and this is definitely the best one so far.
We stopped here for a quiet overnight. About 25 minutes off the freeway, last 2 miles are gravel. Beautiful setting and deserted. Plenty of room for any size RV.
Free, with some trees, vault toilets, dock, boat ramp…