Description - This is a place where those weary of hectic schedules and jangling telephones can find peace, a place where life can be pondered from a different and unique perspective. Most of all, a place carefully designed and maintained for people -- for the mother and her baby out for a Sunday drive, for the father teaching his son how to fish, for the teenager who wants to get away for a bit, for the couple on a weekend camping trip, for the grandparents who just want to take it easy for a week.
Copyright: Oregon State Parks
Overlooking the harbor
Mountain waters flow out of the Ochoco Mountain Range, joining together to form the Crooked River. This river, confined by its canyon and the Bowman Dam, forms Prineville Reservoir.
- Prineville Reservoirs State Park offers mountain waters that flow out of the Ochoco Mountain Range, joining together to form the Crooked River. This river, confined by it's canyon and the Bowman Dam, forms Prineville Reservoir. The fishing can be good anytime at Prineville Reservoir. It supports rainbow & cutthroat trout, small & largemouth bass, catfish, crappie, and crayfish. The trout fishing experience is year-round, ice-fishing included in the dead of winter. Anywhere on the reservoir is suitable.
Bass, catfish, and crappie are more suited towards warmer water temperatures; May through October. The upper reaches of the reservoir above Jasper Point and the Bear Creek tributary downstream from Prineville Reservoir State Park are known to produce fine fish. Fly fishing opportunities are best along the Crooked River above Prineville Reservoir and downstream from Bowman Dam.
Vital stats: The campground offers 22 full hookup sites, 23 electrical sites, and 25 tent (maximum site 40 feet). The campground has showers. The park also provides 5 cabins (2 are rustic, 3 are deluxe). Jasper Point offers 29 primitive campsites.
Recreation - Prineville Reservoirs State Park offers opportunities for year-round fishing, as well as camping, swimming, picnicking, boating, boating, hiking, wildlife watching, bird watching and attending nature programs.
Climate - Climate in central and eastern Oregon varies greatly depending on elevation. The high elevations receive much more precipitation and colder temperatures. These regions are much more arid and see greater temperature extremes than western Oregon. Much of the precipitation comes from October to April, mostly in the form of snow in the higher elevations. Winter temperatures can drop well below zero degrees Fahrenheit. Snow remains in the high mountains into early summer. Late spring, summer and early autumn tend to bring clear, sunny days, with warm to hot temperatures at the low elevations and moderate temperatures at the higher elevations. Summer afternoon thunderstorms are not uncommon.
Prineville Reservoir State Park is located in Central Oregon, off US 26, 14 miles southeast of Prineville.