Union Creek Boat Launch

People unloading a powerboat on Union Creek boat ramp

The Union Creek Boat Launch is located on the northern shore of Phillips Lake. This popular fishing and boating site is set in an open ponderosa pine forest within walking distance of the Union Creek Campground and Union Creek Picnic and Day-use area. The site has a 2-lane ramp, large parking area for trailers, and a small snack and bait shack operated by the concessionaire.

For information about accessible recreation opportunities in Pacific Northwest National Forests, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/r6/accessiblerecreation

At a Glance

Reservations: This site is not reservable.
Area Amenities: Accessible,Boat ramp,Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking
Fees: 2018 Day-use and Boat launch Fees
  • Day-use vehicles = $6
Discounts are subject to the terms of the passes, and policies of the Concession operator. For visitors with an Interagency Senior Passes, Interagency Access Passes, Golden Age Passport or Golden Access Passport the discount fees are:
  • Day-use vehicles = $3
  • Day-use vehicles with Interagency Military passes = free
Day-use fees are posted at the Union Creek Recreation Area entrance booth.
Open Season: Late May
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: General rules of use and restrictions apply for this developed recreation site. The Recreation Site Concessionaire also has rules of use posted at the site.  The gate into the recreation area is locked when not in operation by the concessionaire. State boating rules:  The Oregon State Marine Board has administrative rules for boaters on Phillips Reservoir. (ORS 250-020-0013 ) No person shall operate a motorboat in excess of a "Slow -- No Wake" speed in the following areas: Phillips Lake: (A) Within 200 feet of a boat launching ramp or designated swimming area; (B) That area known as the Union Creek Inlet, beginning at a point approximately 500 feet south of the Union Creek Boat Launching Ramp and proceeding easterly across the inlet to a point on the opposite shore as marked
Closest Towns: Baker City, Oregon (19 miles)
Water: No
Restroom: Flush Toilet
Operated By: Concessionaire
Information Center: Whitman Ranger District

General Information


From Baker City, Oregon travel south on Highway 7 towards John Day, Oregon for about 18 miles; The campground and day-use entrance is signed on the left side of the road; Follow the signs in the Union Creek Recreation Area down through the campground to the boat launch.


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Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Lake and Pond Fishing

Boating - Motorized

State boating rules:  The Oregon State Marine Board has administrative rules for boaters on Phillips Reservoir.

Boating - Non-Motorized




Picnic tables: Near picnic area
Parking: Large parking area for trailers
Toilets: Flush toilets near fish cleaning station
Accessible: Toilet, pathways, parking area
Boat ramp: 2-lane paved ramp

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