Walton Lake Campground

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

Walton Lake Campground may be the best known location on the Ochoco National Forest due to the serene setting among old growth ponderosa pine and mountain meadows.  Visitors can choose to spend their vacation fishing on the shore of Walton Lake, or swimming and paddling in the water.  There are also many trails nearby for those who would like to explore on foot or bicycle, such as Walton Lake Trail (#809) which circles the lake.

See also Walton Sno-Park.

Nearby Activities Include: Bird Watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing,  Hiking, Hunting, Mountain Biking, Photography, Road Biking, Sightseeing, Swimming

View a map of Walton Lake Campground.

At a Glance

Reservations: Reservations can be made up to 6 months in advance, but not less than 1 day in advance.  To make a reservation call 1-877-444-6777 or visit http://www.recreation.gov.
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Accessible,Boat ramp,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
  • Camping per night, per site fee: $15/first vehicle; $7.00/each additional vehicle
  • Day use fee: $5/vehicle or group
Open Season: May 15 - October 15
Restrictions: No horses are permitted in the campground. ATVs are not allowed on or off campground roads. Only non-motorized watercrafts are welcome on the lake. Firearms and Bow/Arrow devices may not be used within the campground. There is a 14 day stay limit on all National Grassland and US Forest Service land including but not limited to campgrounds and other developed facilities. 
Closest Towns: Prineville, Oregon
Water: Yes
Restroom: Vault Toilets
  • Camping: 50% discount for single site camping only with any of these passes: Interagency Senior, Interagency Access, Golden Age, or Golden Access.
  • Day use: Concessionaire (Aud and Di) season day use pass only is accepted.
Operated By: Aud & Di Campground Operations, (208) 270-0094
Information Center: Ochoco National Forest
3160 NE Third Street
Prineville, Oregon 97754
(541) 416-6500

General Information


From Prineville, Oregon:

Travel approximately 15 miles east on Highway 26.

Turn right at the junction to Walton Lake and Big Summit Prairie (County Road 123).

Continue for approximately 8 miles to the junction of Forest Service Road 22 and Forest Service Road 42.

Turn left onto Forest Service Road 22 and proceed approximately 7 miles to Walton Lake.

The campground will be on your left.


This facility meets some ADA standards.

General Notes:


  • Boat Launch Ramp
  • Combination Fire Rings and Grills
  • Garbage Service
  • Nature Trails
  • Paved Roads
  • Picnic Tables
  • Vault Toilets
  • Water Drinking

Recreation Map

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Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

Walton Lake has a mix of single family campsites available some that are ideal for tents and others that are ideal for RV camping.  Hook-up amenities are not offered.  Some sites can be reserved in advance through Recreation.gov, while others are managed on a first come, first served basis.

No. of Sites 27 single family sites
No. of Accessible sites 2

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Interpretive Site Information signs
Camping trailer Trailer space varies by campsite
Picnic tables Each campsite has one picnic table
Tent camping Each campsite has plenty of space for tent camping
Toilets Vault Toilets
Parking Parking varies in campsites
Fee charged for some activities Camping and Day Use activities have fees
Accessible There are 2 fully accessible campsites
Boat ramp There is one boat ramp at this recreational site
Drinking water Potable drinking water is available within the campground
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