|Owyhee Reservoir lies west of the Snake River in Malheur County, Oregon, and Owyhee County, Idaho. The key feature is the Owyhee Dam, on the Owyhee River about 11 miles southwest of Adrian, Oregon. The dam is a concrete, thick-arch structure which was designed to carry about three-fourths of the water load by arch action, and the remainder by gravity action. The dam rises 417 feet above foundation in the river section and, at the time of its construction (1928-1932) was the world's highest dam. Owyhee Dam became a proving ground for theories being developed to assist with the design and construction of Hoover Dam, whose unprecedented size, 300 feet higher than Owyhee, required totally new construction methods. This 52-mile-long, 13,900-acre reservoir is located approximately 50 miles south of Ontario. Vehicle access is limited to the dam gravel road access to Leslie Gulch, Dry Creek, and Red Butte. Owyhee Irrigation District operates a visitor information center located in the historic construction office below the dam. Displays primarily focus on construction of Owyhee Dam and Irrigation Project. The facility is handicap accessible. Available fish species include largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, crappie, rainbow trout, brown bullhead, and yellow perch. Fishing season is open year-round.|
|Facilities: Owyhee Reservoir provides restrooms.|
Best Time To Visit: Owyhee Reservoir is open year-round.
Fees: No fees are charged.
Accessibility: Handicap accessibility is provided.
Directions: To reach Owyhee Reservoir from Baker City start out going south on 3rd St toward Auburn Ave. for 0.1 miles. Turn left onto Auburn Ave. for 0.1 miles. Turn right onto US-30. Continue to follow US-30 for 2.1 miles. Merge onto I-84 E. for 74.2 miles. Take the US-95 exit- 3 toward Payette for 0.2 miles. Turn right onto US-95 for 7.1 miles. Turn slight right onto US-20 for 2.3 miles. Turn slight right onto Adrian Blvd. Continue to follow Succor Creek Hwy. for 11.2 miles. Turn right onto Mendiola Rd. for 1.2 miles. Turn left onto Clover Ave. for 0.1 miles. Clover Ave becomes Clover Ln. for 2.3 miles. Turn slight left for 4.1 miles. Turn right for 0.4 miles. Turn slight right for 0.3 miles. Turn slight left for 1.1 miles. Turn right onto Owyhee Tunnel Rd. for 1.2 miles. Turn left onto Owyhee Lake Rd. for 10.3 miles. Turn left for 0.1 miles. End at Lake Owyhee State Park.
Map: Click here for a map to Owyhee Reservoir
Reservations: Reservations are accepted for Owyhee Reservoir.
|Oregon State Parks & Recreation Department|
|1115 Commercial St. N.E.|
|Salem, Oregon 97301|
|General: (503) 378-4168|