Mason Dam Viewpoint

The Mason Dam Viewpoint is set on the east end of Phillips Lake above the dam. Located off the Elkhorn Drive Scenic Byway (also known as Highway 7) the viewpoint is just a short hike down the trail and offers panoramic views of Phillips Lake and the surrounding forest. Located nearby are Mason Dam Picnic Area and Mason Dam Boat Launch.

At a Glance

Reservations: This site is not reservable.
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site, Parking
Fees: No fees or passes are required for the site.
Open Season: April
Usage: Light
Restrictions: General rules of use and restrictions apply for this developed recreation site.
Closest Towns: Baker City, Oregon (17 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 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 on Forest Road 200 and immediately to your left is the small pullout for the viewpoint trail.

The trail to the viewpoint is about 0.1 miles long and is not accessible for people with disabilities.


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Viewing Scenery

Interpretive Areas


Interpretive Site: LImited interpretation of dam and lake construction
Parking: Roadside parking for 2-3 vehicles

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4190 feet