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Malheur National Forest
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The 1.7 million acre Malheur National Forest is located in the Blue Mountains of Eastern Oregon. The diverse scenery of the forest includes high desert grasslands, sage and juniper, pine, fir and other tree species, as well as alpine lakes and meadows. Elevations vary from about 4000 feet to the 9038 foot top of Strawberry Mountain. The Strawberry Mountain range extends east to west through the center of the Forest.
Three mountain lakes are easily reached by road on the Malheur National Forest, and each offers a trout fishery. Magone Lake, north of Mt. Vernon, features group camping sites and a swimming beach. The lake's formation is an interesting story in itself, having been created by a landslide in the 19th century. Canyon Meadows Reservoir south of Canyon City is dry until the dam is repaired. Yellowjacket Reservoir in the Forest's southwest corner is a likely producing spot. Good trout fishing is found in Logan Valley, on the North Fork of the Malheur River and the Malheur River Ford. Other opportunities to fish the John Day River are available from Highway 62 between the summit and Prairie City. For the young anglers, look for the Trout Farm, located just off County Road 62 between the summit and Prairie City. The Malheur National Forest also has two Wild and Scenic Rivers
With over 20 Malheur National Forest offers opportunities for camping in developed RV, tent, and horse campgrounds. Many of the campgrounds are handicap accessible. Some sites may provide restrooms, drinking water, trash receptacles and/or picnic facilities.
On the Malheur National Forest there are hunting seasons for mule deer, rocky mountain elk, pronghorn antelope, and bighorn sheep. Hunting season frameworks are set up on wildlife management units and the major units which are located on the forest are a portion of Beulah, Desolation, Murderers Creek, Northside, and Sumpter.
With the exception of cougar, bear, archery deer and elk seasons and the 2nd bull elk season Desolation all big game seasons on the Forest are limited entry hunts. Hunters must apply for their big game tags prior to May 15 and results of the drawing are available by July 1, from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.
There are many miles of trails available in the Malheur National Forest. Trails are open to hikers, horseback riders, mountain bikers, and off highway vehicle drivers. Please check individual restrictions for trails.
The Malheur National Forest has 502 miles of designated snowmobile trails and 6.5 miles of cross-country ski trails. Snowmobile trails are marked in a brown and cream reflector with orange diamonds cross-country ski trails are marked with blue diamonds and/or user symbols used in conjunction to denote appropriate trail use.
The Monument Rock Wilderness Area and the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness Areas are accessible from the Malheur National Forest. Motorized vehicle use is prohibited within the wilderness areas.

Facilities: Malheur National Forest provides over 20 campgrounds. None of the campgrounds provide hook-ups for RV's. Many of the campgrounds do provide restrooms, picnic tables, trash receptacles and/or drinking water. There are also picnic and day-use areas available within the Forest. There are several horse camps in Malheur National Forest

Best Time To Visit: The Malheur National Forest is open year round. Campgrounds are usually open between May 25 and October 31. Some of the campgrounds are accessible at other times of the year, but the water systems are likely to be shut off and little to no maintenance will be provided. Snowmobiling and cross-country skiing are popular winter activies.

Fees: Parking, camping, and/or entrance fees may be charged at some of the recreation sites within Malheur National Forest.

Accessibility: Some of the campgrounds and other recreation sites within the Malheur National Forest are handicap accessible.

Rules: The campgrounds in Malheur National Forest are operated on a "pack-it-in, pack-it-out" basis. Large garbage sacks are available free from Forest Service offices for campers to use to pack garbage out when they leave. Please do not stash refuse in the toilet facilities as this fills them quickly and makes them difficult to pump clean. While camping, please use existing fire rings or grills and designated campsites. Hunters must apply for their big game tags prior to May 15. Please check individual restrictions for trails. Motorized vehicle use is prohibited within wilderness areas.

Directions: The 1.7 million acre Malheur National Forest is located in the Blue Mountains of Eastern Oregon.

Map: Click here for a map to Malheur National Forest

Reservations: Reservations are not needed or accepted to visit Malheur National Forest. Reservations may be accepted or required for campgrounds and other recreation sites within the forest.

Malheur National Forest Supervisor's Office
431 Patterson Bridge Road
P.O. Box 909
John Day, Oregon 97845
General: (541) 575-3000
TTY: (541) 575-3089
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