This lake is a blue sparkling jewel hidden within mostly old growth ponderosa pine forest. A small dam impounds spring-fed water that seeps from surrounding sloped meadows. Quaking aspen and tall willows add habitat diversity to make this place especially attractive to wildlife and humans alike. A dirt trail, not suitable for wheel-chair visitors, encircles the lake for a variety of scenic views.
Caution: Expect lots of human company on weekends and summer weekdays.
Motorized boating is limited to eletric motor only. The boat launch is available near the day use area.
From Prineville: Jct. of US Hwy. 26 and State Hwy. 27 (Main St.),travel east on Hwy. 26 for 16.1 miles to County Road 123, turn east onto County Road 123 for 8.5 miles to Forest Road 22, continue east on Forest Road 22 for 6.6 miles to Forest Road 2220. Turn north onto Forest Road 2220 for 0.2 miles to Walton Lake.
Total Distance: 31 miles. Estimated Time: 45 minutes
Lake and Pond Fishing
There is good fishing early in the spring for holdover 16-18" rainbow trout. ODFW stocks the lake with 8-10" rainbow trout mid-April, May, June, July, and Aug, although you may sometimes catch a nice 16 incher. The fishing is usually excellent to fair as anglers use flies, bait and lures, and fish from the bank as well as troll. Anglers who troll use small flashers and worms with great success, with bank angling using rooster tails, worms, and casting eggs with weights. The fly fishing use the small nymph patterns and search patterns using zugbugs, prince nymphs, and streamers. A day use area is located near the boat ramp, is a barrier free facility, and has reserved physical challenged parking space.
What To Expect
Vehicle Access: Located east of Prineville, Or off of Highway 26, then travel on County Road 23, and then following Forest Service Road 22 to the lake.
This is a place to find white-headed woodpecker, belted kingfisher, spotted sandpiper, cinnamon teal, American coot, Steller's jay, yellow-headed blackbird, and Brewer's blackbird. You may hear - but probably not see - Swainson's thrush, ruby-crowned kinglet, or northern saw-whet owl. If you spot a ground-dwelling squirrel with no stripes on the body or head, it's probably Belding's ground squirrel. In spring, listen for the male verse of Pacific chorus frog or the quieter Cascades frog.