Mowich Loop Picnic Area

Area Status: Closed
Forest picnic area in the pine trees

Located in an open meadow along the Elkhorn Scenic Byway, this small picnic area is popular for travelers needing a 'stretch and walk around' stop on their journey. From the parking area visitors can read about local song birds, bald eagles and ospreys that are often seen around Phillips Lake. They can also enjoy a picnic lunch at one of the 5 sites, or take a short hike on the Phillips Lake North Shoreline Trail #1608.

At a Glance

Reservations: This site is not reservable.
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site, Accessible, Picnic tables, Parking
Fees: No fees are required for this site.
Open Season: May - October
Usage: Light
Restrictions: General rules of use and restrictions apply for this developed recreation site.
Closest Towns: Baker City, Oregon (21 miles)
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Whitman Ranger District

General Information


From Baker City, Oregon travel south on Highway 7 (also known as the Elkhorn Scenic Byway) towards John Day, Oregon for about 21 miles; The entrance to the picnic area is signed on the left side of the highway.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Mountain Biking

On the Phillips Lake North Shoreline Trail # 1608

Day Hiking

On the Phillips Lake North Shoreline Trail # 1608

Viewing Wildlife

Popular birding area for songbirds, bald eagles and osprey

Interpretive Areas

On site interpretive panels for local song birds, ospreys and bald eagles.


XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

Access point for the Phillips Lake North Shoreline Trail #1608.


Interpretive Site: Local wildlife and birds
Picnic tables: Yes
Parking: RV and trailer parking
Accessible: Parking and interpretive sites

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