Penland Lake Campground

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

This campground is set on the shore of Penland Lake, which also abuts private land and land owned by Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW).  The campground is popular on summer weekends and offers access to fishing and boating opportunities.  There are seven campsites and two vault toilets on the National Forest portion of the campground, with more campsites located on the adjacent ODFW property. There is also a boat ramp, fishing dock, and benches located on the dam. There is no potable water or garbage service, so please pack out all garbage and dispose of it at home.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 11/14/2014: This campground is not maintained in the late fall and early spring. It may be covered with snow and/or not accessible from Oct-May.
Operational Hours: This campground is closed only by snow.  However, it is only maintained seasonally from Memorial Day through mid-November.
Reservations: Not reservable. First come, first served.
Area Amenities: Boat ramp,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking
Fees An overnight camping fee of $8.00 is scheduled to be charged in 2016.  
Open Season: Late May
Usage: Medium
Busiest Season: July, August
Restrictions: Only electric boat motors are allowed on the lake.
Closest Towns: Heppner, OR
Water: No potable water
Restroom: Vault Toilet (2)
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information


From Heppner, travel south a brief distance on Highway 207, then turn left onto Willow Creek Road (County Road 678) and go approximately 23 miles to Forest Service Road (FSR) 21 (County Road 603). Turn right (west) onto FSR 21 for about 3 miles to FSR 2103. Follow 2103 for 2 miles to Penland Lake.

Access to the lake may be hindered in the springtime due to muddy roads, specifically FSR 2103 (County Road 849).

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Boat ramp 1 ramp and dock
Camping trailer 3 Tent/Trailer, 2 Group sites
Toilets Vault (2)
Picnic tables At campsites only
Parking Yes
Tent camping 7 Campsites (2 Tent Only, 2 Group sites)