Mason Dam Boat Launch

Area Status: Closed
Camper parked at lake boat launch

The Mason Dam Boat Launch is located on the east end of Phillips Lake off the Elkhorn Drive Scenic Byway (also known as Highway 7). Surrounded by an open ponderosa pine forest, the site is popular in the summer for fishing and boating, and in the winter for ice fishing. The boat launch parking area is also used as the eastern trailhead for the North Phillips Lake Shoreline Trail #1608.

Located nearby are the Mason Dam Viewpoint and Mason Dam Picnic Area.

At a Glance

Reservations: This site is not reservable.
Area Amenities: Boat ramp, Toilets, Parking
Fees: No fees are required for this site.
Open Season: May
Usage: Light
Restrictions: General rules of use and restrictions apply for this developed recreation site. All out-of-state motorized boaters must also have a State Aquatic Invasive Species Permit.
Closest Towns: Baker City, Oregon (18 miles)
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Whitman Ranger District

General Information


From Baker City, Oregon travel south on Highway 7 towards John Day, Oregon for about 17 miles to the Mason Dam Boat Launch road (also shown as Forest Road 200); Turn left off the highway and go down about 0.3 miles to the Mason Dam Boat Launch.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Mountain Biking

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

Lake and Pond Fishing

Ice Fishing

The Forest road to the boat launch is not plowed in the winter.

Day Hiking

Boating - Motorized

Boating - Non-Motorized


XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

Access point for the Phillips Lake North Shoreline Trail #XC-1608


Parking: Limited parking for boats with trailers
Toilets: Accessible vault toilet
Boat ramp: Paved ramp in high water; Dirt ramp in low water

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4080 feet