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Description - Thief Valley Dam supplies the irrigation for the Lower Division of The Baker Project, managed by The Bureau of Reclamation. Thief Valley Dam, on the Powder River, is 16 miles north of Baker. Water from the reservoir is released into the river channel, from which it is diverted into the various canals of the district, some 8 miles downstream from the dam. Thief Valley Dam is the only federal facility of the Lower Division. All carriage and distribution facilities were privately constructed. Thief Valley Reservoir is a 740-acre reservoir located north of Baker City. Thief Valley is best known for its fishing. Available species include rainbow trout and black crappie. Season open year-round.

Attractions - Recreation facilities on this 740-acre reservoir are located north of Baker City. Access via I-84 and Oregon 87. Available species include rainbow trout and black crappie. Season open year-round.

Recreation - Recreation facilities on this 740-acre reservoir are located north of Baker City. Access via I-84 and Oregon 87. Available species include rainbow trout and black crappie. Season open year-round.

Climate - Climate in Eastern Oregon varies greatly with elevation. The higher elevations experience colder temperatures and higher precipitation than the lower elevations. The region is much more arid and experiences greater temperature variations than western Oregon. Much of Eastern Oregon is considered high desert, where in some areas annual precipitation is less than 10 inches. Summer temperatures often reach 90 degrees in the lower elevations. Winters can be bitterly cold here, although there is little humidity. The mountains can receive heavy snowfall. If visiting the region during the summer months be prepared for afternoon thunderstorms and chilly evening temperatures. Snow may be encountered on high country trails throughout the summer months.

Location - Thief Valley Reservoir is located North on Interstate 84 from Baker City about 17 miles to state route 237. The Reservoir is a little over eight miles from 237.


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Filed By: Allen Sellick (Union, OR)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Had A great trip, great for over night or just a lunch trip.

Filed By: Kat Suttles (Donald, or)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Panoramic view that is spectacular. There was a coyote symphony that was a one in a million. The fishing was terrific. Michael caught the rainbow trout. Once fish cleaned, they were cooked by wrapping the fish around a stick with marsh grass. What a dinner that was. It is a must to have some type of shade. We both got pretty sun burnt because we were not fully prepared for the sun. I caught my first trout. It is just like being a kid. The few other people that showed up were very friendly and personable. No need for a lantern. The moon was absolutely breath taking. I do not believe I have had the pleasure of seeing such an exquisite moon! The stars of so clear and bountiful. I have so many good comments about this wonderful location for rest and relaxation. The grounds were clean and well maintained. This is very much out in nowhere land and truly worthly of taking the time to visit. Michael and I were chuckling when leaving we had passed a badger of all things. It was not very happy with us. If you haven't and are thinking you might - don't pass up a visit to Thief Valley Resevoir. If anyone reading this has any history of any kind on this local - e-mail me I am quite interested.


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Contact Information:
Thief Valley Reservoir, Union County Courthouse, 1106 "K" Ave. , La Grande, OR, 97850, Phone: 503-963-1001

Additional Information:
Eastern Oregon - With a relatively small population, this huge region is truly one of the west's last great wide open spaces. Eastern Oregon is a land of high deserts cut by mountain ranges and canyons.
Oregon Lakes and Reservoirs - This list includes some of Oregon's largest reservoirs, as well as several smaller mountain lakes. These sites offer a full range of water-based outdoor recreation opportunities.

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