Description - The high desert surroundings of this park offer a unique experience to its guests. The fragrant smell of juniper lingers in the air and thrills the senses. The cool grass of the park is a vibrant contrast to the sagebrush and cheatgrass of the bordering lands.
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Unity Lake State Recreation Site
- The Burnt River comes to rest behind the Unity Dam before continuing its path down the valley. Relax on the shores or enjoy water sports. There's a boat ramp to accommodate the water skier as well as the angler. A peacefulness will engulf you at Unity Lake State Recreation Area whatever you choose to do.
Two tepees offer unique camping experiences for Unity Lake visitors. The tepees have electricity, carpeting, and foam mattresses inside, and fire rings and picnic tables outside.
The day-use area is a large expanse of lawn and shade trees featuring restrooms, water and picnic tables. You can swim or fish in the designated areas of Unity Reservoir.
Vital stats: Open April - October, weather permitting. The campground provides 35 electrical campsites (21 @ 30 amps, 14 @ 50 amps; maximum site 40 feet; 5 pull-through sites). In addition, there is a hiker/biker camp and the 2 tepees.
Recreation - Visitors to Unity Lake can enjoy boating, swimming, fishing (trout, bass, crappie), wildlife viewing, sailboarding, picnicking, tepee stays and camping. Boaters have easy access to the reservoir for fishing and water skiing.
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.
Unity Lake is located in Eastern Oregon, off OR 245, 50 miles east of John Day.