Explore the most popular trails in Lake Owyhee State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Lake Owyhee State Park lies next to a 53-mile-long lake formed by Owyhee Dam. Breathtaking views of the Owyhee Mountains await. A boat trip up the lake (we sell fuel and ice) from the park is one of the many not-to-be-missed experiences in eastern Oregon. Look closely! Bighorn sheep and pronghorn antelope live here, as do golden eagles, coyotes, mule deer, wild horses and (rarely) mountain lions. Critters aren't your game? Rockhounds and hikers are welcome in this wilderness paradise. Use the park as your base camp to explore the badlands of Oregon. The road to Lake Owyhee Reservoir is a very scenic and picturesque drive, but please drive cautiously. The roadway is narrow and moderately steep. Drive slowly and be prepared to yield to other campers and boats as you enter and leave this recreation area. The main campground (McCormack) has 31 electric and 8 tent sites, showers, a boat ramp, tepees, a wastewater dump station, and more. The Indian Creek campground has 26 electric sites, 9 primitive tent sites and a boat ramp. The Gordon Gulch day-use area has a boat ramp and a large, shaded picnic area.

Sunday, January 07, 2018

the pictures are not from this route.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

DO NOT HIKE THIS HIKE!!! now that I have that out of the way I'll give my review. I started this hike pretty late because I left from Boise at 2:30 and arrived at the lake at 4. so I already knew I was doing a later hike. however what I found was nothing I expected. there was no sign of a trail anywhere. and when I finally found the "trail" it turned into a very old not groomed trail. after the first 30 minutes the trail turned into pretty much just weeds and rocks. I got lost every 5 minutes. even with the trail guide. I found quite a few dead deer carcasses which was disturbing. I eventually decided to not find a trail and go up my own path. I got to the top of the cliff and still no sight of a trail. eventually I found some old looking atv marks which turned into a decent trail. the loop part of the trail was all atv marks and was pretty decent to hike on. the view from the top overlooking the lake were absolutely stunning. but by the time I got up there I had to head back because it was getting dark. I ran into a rattlesnake which scared me quite a bit. but I continued in the dark and I eventually got back to the start which I was met by a forest ranger. he informed me what I was hiking on was not a trail and in fact private land which no-one was supposed to go on which explains why the trial was not really a trail. so in conclusion. I didn't get a ticket for hiking. but apparently there is another trail that started a few miles down somewhere on the lake. the ranger had worked at the station for over 5 years and had no idea about the atv trails on the top which he was unsure if it was part of the private land. so all in all. cool but aggravating hike. but don't hike it because it's illegal to

Saturday, February 04, 2017

the gps route noted here is NOT the Leslie Gulch road and camping area. this is a mistake and is much farther to the north along the Owyhee res. not sure why this track was uploaded here.

scenic driving
Monday, September 05, 2016

We enjoyed a scenic drive through Leslie Gulch. The road was washboard, but other than that not a bad road to drive. Nice drive and rock formations! Definitely worth the drive if you live in SW Idaho.

mountain biking
Sunday, July 24, 2016

I went up Fishermans Rd about 5 miles. Instead of turning around and heading back the way I came, I tried to do the loop that is shown on the map. Do NOT try to follow the trails. I lost the trail and ended up carrying my bike for miles through a canyon with steep cliffs. I finally found the "trail" again and it was more of a game trail for animals. It was a little unnerving out there in the heat.

6 months ago

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Thursday, May 24, 2018

scenic driving
Thursday, April 30, 2015

scenic driving
Sunday, April 07, 2013