Olive Lake Campground
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.
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|
|Open Season:||June - November|
|Closest Towns:||Granite, OR|
|Water:||No potable water. Adjacent to a lake.|
|Restroom:||Vault Toilet (7)|
|Operated By:||Forest Service|
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.
Map showing recreational areas. Map Information
|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|
|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|
|Hookups - Electric||None|
|Pavement Type of Parking||Gravel|
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 HikingA 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|