Walton Lake

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Walton LakeThis 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.

Also, see Walton Lake Campground and Walton Lake Trail (#809)

View a map of Walton Lake Campground and hiking trail

Nearby attractions also include Walton Sno-Park

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Open year-round, but this is a gated facility so vehicle access is not available when campground is closed.

General Information


From Prineville, Oregon:

Travel east on Highway 26 for 16.1 miles to County Road 123.

Turn east onto County Road 123 for 8.5 miles until it turns into Forest Service Road 22.

Continue east on Forest Service Road 22 for 6.6 miles to Forest Service Road 2220.  

Turn north onto Forest Service Road 2220 for 0.2 miles to Walton Lake.

Total Distance: 31 miles.  Estimated Time: 45 minutes

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