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.
.-GB Learn to Camp is a program that Ontario Parks started in an effort to increase the number of people that go camping. A statistic came out that said one-quarter of all Canadians had never been camping before. And so, Ontario Parks wanted to change that. We have a beautiful natural landscape here and we wanted to encourage as many people as possible to come camping.
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We were interested in doing camping, we hadn’t done it before here in Canada. We’ve never camped before, I just have childhood memories of growing up in India. So, wanted to connect but didn’t know how to do it here. A lot of people are a little nervous about buying equipment, they’re not really sure what to bring, what’s already here. We always wanted to camp, but the very thought of buying a tent and everything was an overwhelming experience.
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We never camped before, so this is a great opportunity because these guys do an amazing job. The way it works here at Six Mile is that we have eight different campsites that we rent out to people. The only things they have to bring is sleeping equipment and food.
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I camped before, but coming here and having the car, the tent, everything explained in a very detailed way I think was a great thing. It was really nice to have someone walk us through it and see it.
We do demonstrations and then send them back to their own campsites. Because of our sponsors, all the camping supplies that they could ever need are supplied. We give out the tents, the dining shelters, they get a kitchen bin which includes everything you could possibly need to eat with. They also get a Coleman stove, as well as the propane tanks to work with. In the evening Ontario Parks has given them a bag of firewood and a s`mores kit that they get started with. And so that kind of introduces them to campfires and stuff.
They are great, I mean always smiling, always ready, always helpful. You feel like if there is any problem you can count on somebody to help. There’s a portion of the Learn to Camp program where they come down, introduce themselves to the guests and introduce what they do in Ontario Parks. One guy said I’m a park warden, and my role in the park is two fold actually. I`m here to protect the people and also make sure they have a safe and enjoyable time.
The second part of what I do is to protect what is around us here, the trees, the natural resources. They do a speech about the enforcement program,and some rules that apply to camping in all Ontario Parks. It’s something I look forward to every Saturday. they’re so enthusiastic about being in parks and being outside and camping in general. The great thing about the Learn to Camp program is it gives a little taste of all that Ontario Parks has to offer. We loved the hike, we`re going to do some canoeing today, and fishing, and swimming, and we`ve been using our bike all around the camp area which has been great, so we`ve been having a ball.
Here at Six Mile in Ontario Parks we have a PFD loaner program for personal floatation devices so like life jackets ranging from babies who are 3 months old all the way to full grown adults. and you can use it for swimming, boating, canoeing, kayaking, whatever you want to use it for. We have a fishing loaner program, it`s called TackleShare. So at the park store we rent out fishing rods and tackle, and they can have that for as long as they want to go out and try fishing off the dock.
NHE is Natural Heritage Education, what we do is basically put on informative programs about the park`s features I will drop by occasionally with usually some sort of artifact like a moose jaw or an animal skin of some sort. It gives them something to interact with, something to touch and feel, And basically try to give the camper a unique experience here at the park. This is an integral part of being Canadian, and enjoying the outdoors, we have so much of it. I think that it is really, really a phenomenal experience to get out here and try it.
A lot of people are coming from Toronto and other cities and have never spent a night under the stars. Oh yeah it’s totally different, we are out in the open outdoors, enjoying the nature. Yeah and looking at the stars at night is really amazing. Going to the lake and seeing the skies with more stars than you ever thought were there, that was wonderful.
Looking at my daughter’s eyes when going through the lake and saying, “woahhhhh”. It’s awesome because they get here and they start to experience it, and then they fall in love with it. I really enjoyed the hike. We saw turtles, and frogs, just the different wildlife was sort of the best part for me. I would say everyone who has been here has told us that they were going to come back. Maybe not to Six Mile, but to a park again, and go camping. They all have loved it which has been great for us.
Yes, we will likely be campers now Of course, yes we are. We are, even for more nights Of course! Yes, yes. Yes we are! Oh of course! Yes definitely! This guy will come back like once every week. It was great! These guys made it so much fun! Totally one of the most rewarding jobs I’ve ever had. Seeing people who have never camped before then coming out and camping for the first time, and they love it. It’s a pretty cool opportunity to teach people a life skill they can have the rest of their life. They come with a great attitude. It’s fantastic helping people set up the equipment and going from the basics of learning to, to camping basically. This is actually my fifth year at the park, but my first with Learn to Camp.
It’s really cool to see people come in who know basically nothing about camping, and leave prepared to go camping on their own. That’s kind of the job satisfaction for me. I get to see people who have never done it before become experts and are ready to go afterwards.
Well, we’re here at Fish Lake Basin in the Fishlake National Forest. It is a kind of gem, as we see it. Here there are many recreational opportunities. Well, of course, you know, I guess it’s Fish Lake, in itself, there are several species of fish. Lake trout, Splake trout, tiger trout, musk, rainbow, kokanee, perch, browns, so a lot of variety of fishing there. There is almost always an opportunity to fish here in Fishlake. Recreation and winter fishing, too. Ice fishing is huge here.
Fishlake Resorts and Marinas
There are three different concessionaires and marinas, here through the Basin. We have Lakeshore Marina and Resorts at the southern end, of the basin. Fishlake Marina and Resorts, up to Fish Lake Lodge downtown, and then Bowery Haven Resorts and Marina in the north. Then, of course, there are several Forest Service camps along the Basin, and just north of Cuenca. These are all fantastic places to take your family and friends.
The Heceta Head Park is named for Bruno de Heceta. He was a Spanish navigator and explorer, who surveyed the Oregon coast in 1775.
This lighthouse was built between 1892 and 1893 and was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. The head lightkeeper’s house was demolished and the lumber purchased for $10 in 1940 following the move from kerosene to electricity to power the lighthouse. The wood was used to build the Alpha-Bit Café in nearby Mapleton.
The state of Oregon was granted a license for the lighthouse and surrounding property by the Coast Guard in 1963, the same year that the lighthouse became fully automated. The assistant light keeper’s house, which still stands, is now a bed and breakfast operated by concessionaires of the U.S. Forest Service.
The Devil’s Elbow State Park, which included a cove south of the lighthouse it was enlarged to include the lighthouse. Thus it was renamed Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint connecting it with Washburne State Park to the north. The land for Devil’s Elbow State Park was acquired between 1930 and 1987 by purchase from private owners as well as gifts and exchanges with U.S. government agencies. In 1998, Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint was officially deeded to OPRD by ODOT. In 2001, the rest of the Coast Guard property was transferred to OPRD.
Annual day-use attendance: 1,056,538
Major Features & Activities
Lighthouse programs are given 7 days a week from 11:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. (winter 11-2), weather and staff permitting. We do not take reservations for general public programs. For more specific information you may e-mail us at Heceta.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tour groups, school groups, and other groups please e-mail us to schedule a program.
Restoration of the tower was finished in mid-2013. Because of ongoing maintenance and inspections of the upper levels, programs currently only cover the outdoor area around the base of the lighthouse, and the ground floor of the tower. There will be a new schedule when tours of the upper levels resume.
The Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint is located at the mouth of Cape Creek. The picnic tables are sheltered from the wind and a great view of the ocean. The short trail leads to the Heceta Head lighthouse and assistant keeper’s house.
The Heceta Head trail is part of a 7-mile network. There are trails of varying difficulty which feature beach and wildlife viewing areas. The Wildlife refuge islands have a view of common murres, cormorants, gulls, and other bird nesting areas. Whales and Sea Lions can be seen from the beach and cliff-top lighthouse.
On the west side of 1,000-foot-high Heceta Head, 205 feet above the ocean, the lighthouse is one of the most photographed on the coast. The light at the top of the 56-foot tower was illuminated in 1894; the automated beacon, seen 21 miles from land, is rated as the strongest light on the Oregon coast. The old assistant lighthouse keeper’s house (Heceta House; built in 1893) offers bed and breakfast rentals and facilities for group events. This bed and breakfast is operated by a concessionaire of the U.S. Forest Service and can be reached at 1-866-547-3696 or http://hecetalighthouse.com/
Common murres, which lay their eggs on the bare rocks, can be easily seen by looking down, just over the railing near the lighthouse. Brown pelicans and bald eagles commonly fly by. Migrating gray whales can be seen as they travel to and from Alaska and Baja California. The month of May is a great time to look right down on the mothers and calves as they travel close to shore.
Natural caves, tide pools, and a sandy beach for building sandcastles can be found.
Day-use parking permits at Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint are required year round. A daily ($5), 12-month or 24-month permit, an Oregon Coast Passport, or a valid state park camping receipt is required. You can purchase daily permits from a machine at the park. The 12-month and 24-month permits can be purchased at most major state park offices.
GooseNeck state park offers spectacular views of the GooseNecks. The GooseNecks are officially known as an entrenched meander. It’s about of one and a half miles long. San Juan River it flows for more than six miles through the twists of the entrenched meander.
The GooseNeck State Park offers picnic areas, primitive camping, vault toilets, and an observation shelter. The views are outstanding and photography is popular. At night the sky is expansive – ideal for stargazing.
Please note: No drinking water is available. There are no maintained trails. The park does not offer access to the river.
This park offers a scenic vista, about 1,000 feet above the winding San Juan River. Views are amazing.
Located in SE Utah along US 163, about 25 miles west of the town of Bluff.
Approximately 349 miles southeast of Salt Lake City.
GooseNeck State Park
c/o Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum
660 West 400 North
Blanding, UT 84511
Open year-round, no closures
$5 per car
$2 per person, commercial tour bus or tour group
$10 per night for camping
Primitive camping is available. You cannot reserve sites and fees are not charged. The campground does have fire pits and vault toilets. No other services are available. There is no water, electricity. or dump station.
This site is about Boondocking, Camping, Riding Dirt Bikes, ATV’s, and Snow Machines out in the great outdoors. I have been camping for many years and did not know it was called boondocking. What I thought boondocking was to travel through the trees on my dirt bike or snow machine.I did not know that so many people go camping or traveling and call it boondocking. Well no matter as long as people go out and enjoy life somewhere and not be tied to the big city.