Union Creek Picnic Area

Area Status: Closed
Picnic area in the pine trees with a man walking nearby

Located within the Union Creek Recreation Area, the Union Creek Picnic Area is set in a mature pine forest overlooking Phillips Lake. Popular activities include group picnics, day hiking along the lake shore, fishing, and boating. The recreation area also includes the Union Creek Campground and Union Creek Boat Launch.

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, Picnic tables, Toilets, Drinking water, Parking
Fees: 2018 Day-Use 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: May
Usage: Medium-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.
Closest Towns: Baker City, Oregon (19 miles)
Water: Yes
Restroom: Flush Toilets
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 tpast the boat launch to the picnic area.


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Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Mountain Biking

Access point for the Phillips Lake North Shoreline Trail #1608

Day Hiking

Access point for the Phillips Lake North Shoreline Trail #1608

Viewing Scenery


Group Picnicking

Boating - Motorized

Boating - Non-Motorized


Picnic tables: At each picnic site
Parking: Near picnic area and lake
Toilets: Flush accessible toilets
Accessible: Toilets, parking and pathways
Drinking water: Nearby at campground

Related Information

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