Olive Lake Campground

Area Status: Open
Olive Lake fishing dock

Nestled on the edge of a lake, high in the Blue Mountains of Eastern Oregon, this popular campground is only 8 miles west of the historic Fremont Powerhouse and 12 miles west of the old mining town of Granite.  The campground features 28 campsites and 7 accessible toilet facilities.  Other features include a 2-mile hiking trail around the lake with nearby access to wilderness and scenic area trails, a boat ramp and 2 docks. There is no potable water or garbage service, so please pack your garbage home.  

Besides beautiful scenery, the lake offers many opportunities for wildlife viewing--particularly a nesting pair of osprey that return annually.  Activities in this area include fishing, boating, swimming, hiking, hunting, and photography.  Within 20 miles are several historic sites.

Campground Map


At a Glance

Current Conditions: Campground fees will be charged through November 15. The campground is not maintained but is still available throughout the winter. Access will be snowmobiles only once the road is inaccessible due to snow.  Please contact the North Fork John Day Ranger District for more information. 
Operational Hours: Only maintained seasonally from about Memorial Day until mid-October.  There is a volunteer camp host during the busiest part of the summer.
Reservations: Reservations available on recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777. A limted number of sites will remain first come first served. More information can be found in the FAQs.
Area Amenities: Accessible, Boat ramp, Tent camping, Camping trailer, Picnic tables, Toilets, Parking
  • Single site: $12/night (extra $5 per each vehicle exceeding the 2-vehicle-per-site limit
  • Group site: Sites 13 and 27 are $25/night (no extra vehicle charge).
An $8 reservation fee will to added to sites reserved through recreation.gov
Open Season: June - November
Usage: Medium
Busiest Season: July-August
Closest Towns: Granite, OR
Water: No potable water. Adjacent to a lake.
Restroom: Vault Toilet (7)
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information


From Ukiah, OR, travel south on County Road 1475 (turns into Forest Service Road 52 after 5 miles).  Go about 48.5 miles to the town of Granite.  Instead of entering the town, turn right onto County Road 24/Forest Service Road (FSR) 10 and travel about 3.5 miles to the end of the pavement.  At this point take the gravel road that heads up the hill to the right (FSR 10).  Travel about 9 miles on FSR 10 to FSR 1000480.  Take a left on FSR 1000480 and travel about ¼ into the campground.

From Dale, OR, travel 1 mile east on FSR 55 to the junction of FSR 10.  Take a right on FSR 10 (gravel) and travel 26 miles to FSR 1000480.  Take a right on FSR 1000480 and travel about ¼ into the campground.


The boat ramp, docks, toilets and 4 campsites are fully accessible.  Both gas and electric trolling motors are allowed on the lake, but no wakes.  Also no water skiing or personal watercraft (i.e. ski doos) permitted.


There is ample day-use parking near the boat docks. 

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

No. of Sites 28 total; 5 are tent only sites and 2 are group sites
No. of Accessible sites 3 sites:  #11, #15, and #16

RV Camping

No. of Sites 23
Hookup - Water None
Vehicle Clearence No clearance problems.
Size Restrictions Some sites are available that can accomodate up to 40' RVs. 
Hookup - Sewer None
Dump Stations None
Hookups - Electric None
Pavement Type of Parking Gravel

Group Camping

Sites 13 and 27 are group sites. 

No. of Sites There are 28 sites total:  21 tent/trailer sites, 5 tent-only sites, and 2 group sites that accomodate up to 5 RVs and 40 people.
No. of Accessible sites Sites 11 and 13 are fully accessible.

Lake and Pond Fishing

Fishing is popular at Olive Lake.  The lake is annually stocked with trout.  Crawfish trapping (and eating) is also a favorite activity.

Gas and electric motors are allowed. No wake or watercrafts.

Day Hiking

A 2 mile trail encircles the lake.

Boating - Motorized

Both gas and electric trolling motors are allowed on the lake, but no wakes.  Also no water skiing or personal watercraft (i.e. ski doos) permitted.


Swimming is popular in Olive Lake.  There is no designated swimming area and no lifeguard.


Camping trailer: 23 sites
Picnic tables: All sites
Tent camping: Sites 2, 3, 19, 24, and 26
Parking: Extra parking at boat ramp
Toilets: 7 vault toilets
Accessible: Sites #11, #13, #15, and #16
Boat ramp: Ramp and 2 docks

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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