Bully Creek Reservoir In Oregon


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.

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We had a big family get together here at Bully Creek Reservoir and campground and it was beautiful and well groomed. It was a very pleasant time and I loved getting together with family and friends. There were lots of things for everyone to do like hiking, fishing, bike riding and of course the card and board games.

We were lucky enough to get one of the covered shelters that had electricity and it has 6 large tables with benches. So we would all get together in this area which was close to where everyone was camped. The night before we left we were playing cards and board games until 10.30 it was lucky there were not any other campers close by. Everyone was laughing, joking and overall having a good time and enjoying themselves.

The best times though were when we got together for the meals as everyone brought different things to eat. There was about everything you could imagine to eat burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, salads, chips, and to many things to mention. But the best meal we had was breakfast the day we all had to leave. It had Bacon, Sausage, Eggs, Hashbrowns, and Pancakes that were awesome, everyone got together and cooked it up. Below here are the pictures of the pancakes, they also have weekly specials you can check out here

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