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Ochoco Lake State Park
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Ochoco Lake State Park is a serene and picturesque destination that offers an array of outdoor activities. The park surrounds the beautiful Ochoco Reservoir which invites visitors for fishing, boating or simply enjoying its scenic beauty. It features campgrounds with amenities like picnic tables and restrooms making it ideal for overnight stays. Wildlife enthusiasts can spot various species including deer and birds while hiking through the lush green trails around the lake area. With stunning views of surrounding mountains coupled with tranquil ambiance, this state park provides a perfect escape into nature's lap.

History of the Area
Located in Central Oregon, near the city of Prineville, this recreational area was initially established as a reservoir. The creation of the lake dates back to 1920 when Ochoco Dam was constructed on Ochoco Creek for irrigation purposes.

The land surrounding it gradually became popular among locals and tourists alike due to its scenic beauty and abundant wildlife. Recognizing its potential as an outdoor recreation site, local authorities decided to develop facilities around the lake that would cater to visitors' needs.

In 1950s-1960s period saw significant development with camping grounds being set up along with picnic areas and boat ramps which made fishing more accessible at this location. This marked a turning point in history where it transitioned from just being an irrigation resource into becoming one of central Oregon's most loved parks.

Over time additional amenities were added including RV hookups, restrooms etc., making stays comfortable for overnight campers too.

Today known by many names such as 'Ochoco Reservoir State Park', or simply 'Prineville Reservoir State Park', is managed by Crook County Parks & Recreation Department instead of state park system but still remains open year-round offering activities like boating,fishing,hiking,camping,bird watching etc attracting thousands every year who come here seeking tranquility amidst nature's bounty.

1. Ochoco Lake State Park offers a designated swimming area for visitors.
2. The lake's water is typically warm, perfect for summer swims.
3. Lifeguards are not present; swimmers swim at their own risk.
4. Swimming outside the marked areas can be dangerous due to boat traffic and fishing activities.
5. Children should always have adult supervision while swimming in the lake.
6. The park does not provide any equipment rentals like floaties or life jackets so bring your own gear if needed.

The park offers a variety of boating options for visitors. There is a boat ramp available, allowing easy access to the water for all types of vessels including motorized boats and non-motorized ones like kayaks or canoes. Fishing from boats is also popular due to abundant fish species in the lake such as trout and bass. However, there are no rental facilities within the park so guests must bring their own equipment.
The park offers year-round fishing opportunities. Anglers can catch largemouth bass, rainbow trout and black crappie in the lake. Ice-fishing is popular during winter months. The area also provides boat ramps for easy water access.

Ochoco Lake State Park is located near Prineville, Bend

Ochoco Lake State Park offers picnic tables, grills and restrooms. Enjoy a meal while viewing wildlife or the lake's beauty.

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Area Campgrounds
Sun Rocks RV Resort
14900 SE Juniper Canyon Road
Prineville, OR
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1. Start by heading east on US:26 E from Prineville.
2. Continue driving for about 15 miles until you reach a junction with Ochoco Creek Road (County Rd 123).
3. Turn right onto Ochoco Creek Road and follow it for another mile or so.
4. At this point, you will see signs directing you to turn left into Ochoco Lake State Park entrance road.
5. Take that left turn and proceed along the entrance road until you arrive at your destination.

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