Anthony Lakes Picnic Area

Area Status: Closed
Large wooden picnic shelter at Anthony Lakes day-use area

The Anthony Lake Picnic Area is situated on Anthony Lake with fantastic views of Gunsight Peak and the Elkhorns Mountains. Popular day-use activities include picnicking, day-hikes, wading, and photography. The open forest setting allows for small family picnics or group activities at the picnic shelter.

Located nearby are Anthony Lakes Boat Launch and Campground.

Mountain Lake in foreground and double tipped peak in distance Small concrete boat ramp at Anthony Lake surrounded by pine trees Hiking trail along the Anthony Lake in the forest Accessible toilet at Anthony Lake Campground Trail bridge around Anthony Lake with mountain peak in background

At a Glance

Reservations: This site is not reservable.
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site, Accessible, Boat ramp, Picnic tables, Toilets, Drinking water, Parking
Fees: 2018 Day-Use fees: 
  • Day-use vehicles =  $4
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  = $2
  • Day-use vehicles with Interagency Military passes = free
Open Season: June
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 for the site. Only electric motor boats, and non-motorized craft such as canoes, kayaks, rowboats, float tubes are allowed on the lake.
Closest Towns: Baker City (35 miles) and La Grande (45 miles)
Water: Yes
Restroom: Vault Toilet
Operated By: Concessionaire
Information Center: Whitman Ranger District

General Information


From Baker City, Oregon head north on Highway 30 toward Haines approximately 10 miles; In Haines turn left and follow the Anthony Lake Highway signs (turns into Forest Road 73) for 25 miles to the Anthony Lake Recreation Area. Turn left into the Anthony Lake Campground. The day-use are with picnic tables is on the north and west side of the lake.

From La Grande, Oregon head south on Interstate 84 for 25 mile to exit 285 in North Powder, Oregon; In North Powder follow the ski area signs on Highway 237 for 4 miles to Ellis Road; Turn left on Ellis Road and go about 1 mile to the Anthony Lake Highway; Turn right and follow the Anthony Lake Highway (becomes Forest Road 73) for 16 miles to the Anthony Lake Campground entrance on your left. The day-use are with picnic tables is on the north and west side of the lake.


The day-use site has accessible pinic tables and toilets.

Additional information about accessible recreation opportunities in Pacific Northwest National Forests

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Day Hiking

Short day hikes around Anthony Lake, or nearby Black, Hoffer and Lilypad Lakes.

Viewing Scenery


Family and group camping available. The picnic shelter is available on a first-come first-serve basis.

Group Picnicking

Large picnic shelter is available for groups. The site is not reservable.

Boating - Motorized

Electric motor boats are allowed on the lake. A small boat ramp is located on the east side of the lake for launching however a day use fee is required if you park at the ramp or in the day-use area.

Boating - Non-Motorized

A small boat ramp is located on the east side of the lake for electric motor and non-motorized boats (e.g. canoes, row boats). A day use fee is required if you park at the ramp or in the day-use area.


Interpretive Site: History of Anthony Lake recreation area
Accessible: Accessible toilets and picnic tables
Boat ramp: Located on east side of lake
Drinking water: Available seasonally

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