Bully Creek Reservior near Vale

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  1. Zephyr

    Zephyr Member

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    Bully Creek Campground – This is a Malheur County Park just west of Vale.

    There are signs on US Hwy 20 showing the turn-off to the campground. For campers eastbound on Hwy 20, the turn is well before Vale and the access road is curvy. For campers westbound, the turn is at the west edge of Vale.
    Once you are on Bully Creek Road, watch for the park office on the left just after the Bully Creek Reservoir dam. The campground is on the left a bit further up the road. When the road changes to gravel, you’ve gone too far.

    Choose a campsite and then go back and pay at the office. They do accept reservations, but you probably only need them on weekends during deer and bird hunting seasons. The staff is helpful and friendly.

    The campground has 40 well-spaced campsites with large gravel pads on two connected loops. This is an irrigated and mowed grass area with trees carefully planted to shade the sites. Someone really did some planning when the campground was built. The boat ramp for the reservoir is in the day use area.

    Site 14 is the only pull-thru site, but all the sites are so wide, that even a novice backer should have no problems. Every site has electricity. Water spigots are scattered around, mostly not within hose distance of any site. If you want water close by, check out sites 2 and 36. Each loop has a shower house. The dump station is at the entrance to the campground.
    Site 4 has a picnic shelter with at least 4 tables. Rally site, anyone?

    For campers headed to or from central Oregon, this is a nice overnight spot. In 2014, the price was $15/night.

    We camped in site 5 on the first and last nights of a long road trip. We enjoyed watching great horned owls behind in the trees behind the site.
     
  2. Twisty

    Twisty New Member

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    Thank you!
     
  3. Zephyr

    Zephyr Member

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    Update on Bully Creek! A water test in 2015 showed a high level of arsenic in the water supply to the campground. Until they figure out how to deal with the problem, campers need to bring a supply of water for drinking/cooking. The campground water is considered safe for showers.
     

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