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CAMPGROUND NAME: Haystack Lake

VISIT DATE: 05/01/2008

UPDATE DATE:  3/3/2015

STATE: Oregon

REGION: Pacific Northwest

RANGER DISTRICT: Crooked River

NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Madras

RESERVATIONS: 1-877-444-6777 or make on-line reservation

DIRECTIONS:
From Madras, OR, take US Rt. 97 south 7.7 miles to Haystack Res.
sign.  Turn left at sign onto Jericho Ln and go 1.3 miles to
another Haystack Reservoir sign.  Turn right after sign onto
Haystack Dr. and go 2.2 miles to campground sign.  Turn left at
sign and go 0.6 miles to campground.

Option - you can also use this Google map for directions.  Click on
the blue tear drop to plot your route.


View Larger Map GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 2,900 ft. The campground is a single bisected loop stretching along the east shore of Haystack Reservoir. Large junipers provide some shade to the campsites and spacing gives most of them good privacy. Every site has some view of the lake as well as Mt. Jefferson and Haystack Butte. Although lake levels do fluctuate, depending on demand for irrigation water, the lake is popular with anglers, boaters, and bird watchers. Loons have been seen on the lake in early spring while osprey, Golden eagles and a pair of owls return each year to raise their families. Many songbirds and waterfowl also regularly visitors the lake. Possible day trips are Gray Butte Valley Cemetery, Rimrock Springs Wildlife Management Area and either of the Ridge Rider Endurance trails (the 10-mile Warner Loop is closest to the campground and open to hikers, horseback riders, and mountain bicyclists). The first weekend after Labor Day, the Columbia Drag Boat Association holds its annual drag boat races. SEASONS Open Seasonal: Yes Open All Year: No Seasonal Comment: Open April 1 through October 31 RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED Rate: $15 per day Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 14 CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION No. RV Sites: 0 No. Tent Sites: 0 No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 23 Total Sites: 23 Tent Pads: No Open Sites: Yes Wooded Sites: Yes No. Tables on Sites: 23 No. Grilles on Sites: 23 Equestrian Camping: No RV INFORMATION Hookups: None No. RV Pull Throughs: 4 Waste Station: No Average Parking Apron Size: See comments Comments: Parking aprons are paved and most will accept any size RV. A waste station with no potable water, is available for a fee at the Madras Public Works located at B and 1st streets. FACILITIES Vaults: Yes Flush Toilets: No Hot Showers: No Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: Yes Public Phone: No Playground: No No. Water Spigots (non-site): 1 No. Threaded: 1 WATER SPORTS Lake: Yes Swimming (provided): No Sailing: Yes Boat Ramp: Yes Boat Carry Down Access: Yes Power Boating: Yes Boating (no power): Yes Water Skiing: Yes Rafting (whitewater): No Kayaking (whitewater): No Comments: Haystack Reservoir is 4,700 acres. It is an irrigation lake so water levels will fluctuate. HIKING - No FISHING Rainbow and Brown trout, Kookanee salmon, Large and Small-mouth bass, Crappie and Catfish

CAMPGROUND NAME: Skull Hollow Camp VISIT DATE: 05/01/2008 UPDATE DATE: 3/3/2015 STATE: Oregon REGION: Pacific Northwest RANGER DISTRICT: Crooked River NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Terrebonne RESERVATIONS: No DIRECTIONS: In Terrebonne, OR, at Smith Rock State Park sign and intersection of US Rt. 97 and B Avenue, take B Avenue east 4.7 miles to a "T" intersection (no street name). Turn left and go 4.2 miles to campground sign. Turn left at sign onto Forest Rt. 5710 (gravel) and go 0.1 miles to campground on left. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 3000 ft. This pack it in, pack it out, rustic campground was constructed by the Oregon Army National Guard, 224th Engineer Battalion in June 1995. The campground is a single loop through a juniper- dotted sagebrush flat. It is considered an overflow campground for the nearby Smith Rock State Park and its rock climbing enthusiasts. Under maintained vault toilet confirms sign at campground entrance that it receives little service. Views are pleasant and spacing provides fair privacy between campsites. Although nearby Smith Rock State Park is best known for its rock climbing, it also offers several hiking and biking trails making it a nice day trip from the campground. SEASONS Open Seasonal: Yes Open All Year: No RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED Rate: $5 per day Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 14 CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION No. RV Sites: 0 No. Tent Sites: 0 No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 31 Total Sites: 31 Tent Pads: No Open Sites: Yes Wooded Sites: Yes No. Tables on Sites: 31 No. Grilles on Sites: 19 Equestrian Camping: No RV INFORMATION Hookups: None No. RV Pull Throughs: 0 Waste Station: No Average Parking Apron Size: See comments Comments: The parking aprons are irregular in shape, dirt, grass, and gravel. Many campsites can be used as a back-in or pull-thru and can accommodate any size RV. FACILITIES Vaults: Yes Flush Toilets: No Hot Showers: No Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: No Public Phone: No Playground: No No. Water Spigots (non-site): 0 Comments: Vaults are under maintained. WATER SPORTS - None HIKING Cole Loop trail #854 (foot, horse & mountain bike) - 25 miles FISHING - No




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