Union Creek Boat Launch


People unloading a powerboat on Union Creek boat ramp

The Union Creek Boat Launch is located on the northern shore of Phillips Lake. This popular fishing and boating site is set in an open ponderosa pine forest within walking distance of the Union Creek Campground and Union Creek Picnic and Day-use area. The site has a 2-lane ramp, large parking area for trailers, and a small snack and bait shack operated by the concessionaire.

At a Glance

Reservations: No reservations are needed for the site.
Area Amenities: Accessible,Boat ramp,Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking
Fees 2014 Day-use and Boat launch Fees
  • $6/vehicle
For visitors with an Interagency Senior, Interagency Access, Golden Age or Golden Access pass day use and boat launch fees are:
  • $3/vehicle
Day-use fees are posted at the Union Creek Recreation Area entrance booth.
Open Season: Late May
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: General rules of use and restrictions apply for this developed recreation site. The Recreation Site Concessionaire also has rules of use posted at the site.  The gate into the recreation area is locked when not in operation by the concessionaire.
Closest Towns: Baker City, Oregon (19 miles)
Water: No
Restroom: Flush Toilet
Operated By: Concessionaire

General Information


From Baker City, Oregon travel south on Highway 7 towards John Day, Oregon for about 18 miles; The campground and day-use entrance is signed on the left side of the road; Follow the signs in the Union Creek Recreation Area down through the campground to the boat launch.

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Boat ramp 2-lane paved ramp
Toilets Flush toilets near fish cleaning station
Accessible Toilet, pathways, parking area
Picnic tables Near picnic area
Parking Large parking area for trailers