Bully Creek Reservoir


Bully Creek Reservoir and Dam (Vale Project) are on the Bully Creek about 8 miles northwest of the Creek’s confluence with the Malheur River. Forested areas at the reservoir provide opportunities for viewing migrating birds. In the spring, fall, and winter you may see loons, grebes, ducks, and hawks.

Nearby a red rock formation sometimes harbors Rock Wrens and Golden Eagles. This reservoir has 985 surface acres with 7 miles of shoreline. It has paved access to the dam. Available fish species include smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, rainbow, and black crappie, bluegill and yellow perch.

The reservoir is used as a place to rest by migratory waterfowl with some ducks remaining to nest. Sparse vegetative cover of sagebrush and grass provides habitat for small mammals and birds.

Bully Creek Reservoir is located ten miles west of Vale, Oregon.  It was constructed by the Bureau of Reclamation in 1963 and is operated by the Vale Oregon Irrigation District.

When full it covers 1000 acres and holds 30,000-acre-feet of water.

Bully Creek Reservoir is County Maintained

This park is operated and maintained by the Malheur County since 1966, and it has 40 campsites all with electrical hookups, two with A.D.A. accessibility, there are three restrooms with showers, and two covered shelters. A day use area with two covered shelters and restrooms.

It has a two-lane concrete boat ramp with a dock, a caretaker who lives on the site. The camp along with the day use areas has about 14 acres of lawn and trees. The camping fees are $15.00 per sleeping unit per night for all campsites. There is also a 10 dollar dumping fee for non-overnight guests.

Forms of payment accepted At Bully Creek Park are either cash or check only.  The park is usually operated from April 15th through November 15th (weather permitting). The Bully Creek Park office is at 2475 Bully Creek Rd.  Vale, Oregon.

You can call (541)473-2969 to make reservations.