Olive Lake Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is 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.

Limited opening: Day use areas that will be available include the boat launch and docks, the hiking trail around the lake, and campsites #1-14.   Campsites #15-27 along the east access road will remain closed at this time. For a detailed map of closed area click here.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Campsites 1-14 are open, including day-use sites. Campsites #15-27 along the east access road will remain closed at this time. 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: Not reservable. First come, first served 
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).
Open Season: June
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

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Camping & Cabins

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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

Pavement Type of Parking Gravel
Hookup - SewerNone
Hookups - ElectricNone
Dump StationsNone
Vehicle Clearence No clearance problems.
No. of Sites 23
Reservation Info Not reservable
Size Restrictions Some sites are available that can accomodate up to 40' RVs. 
Hookup - WaterNone

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.
Reservation Info Not reservable.  First come, first served 
No. of Accessible sites Sites 11 and 13 are fully accessible.


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