Delintment Lake, Oregon

This campground on a small lake in the Malheur National Forest has been on our radar screen for some time, but at last, we are finally here. We were fortunate to find a primo site.

Delintment Lake Campground - Forest Service Campground, near Hines. OR: Site #20 & 28 (29 RV sites total) - This site has: water nearby. Campground Notes: vault toilets • lake access • trails from campground • 5,598’ elevation. Sept 7th - 12th, 2020 & October 3 & 4, 2021. Miles traveled: 1️⃣2️⃣4️⃣ miles (tap on mileage to see route & elevation change).

• Large sites.
• No reservations.
• No dump station.

Overall Experience: Smile

2021 Visit

We decided to conclude our fall trip at Delintemnt Lake because we've been dry-camping the previous nine with no water sources, and it was time to replenish. To our surprise, we found that the water spigots throughout the campground had been dismantled; the only water source was an old hand pump that out spewed out rusty tinted water. Needless to say, we stayed only one night.

While hiking the two-mile trail around the lake we noticed that the water level was considerably lower then on our visit the previous year.

2020 Visit

Mooch is definitely a happy camper. Enjoying the view from the dash through the windshield.

Backyard of the day.

There's a short two-mile hike around Delintment Lake. From the far side of the lake, we could catch a glimpse of our coach tucked in the Ponderosas.

During the same hike on the back of the lake, we were fortunate to be able to watch a family of bald eagles.

We had an interesting hike on the Delintment Creek trail. For the most part, it was in the burn area of the 2007 Silver Fire. Although the hike was listed as 3.6 miles, it was slow going — lots of snags still… More standing, but lots down. In sections, it was quite difficult figuring out which way to go, but at the same time, the challenge was fun. We would rate it as an enjoyable hike, but not for everyone. There was a notice at the trailhead to avoid the area during high winds — we saw why.

The smoke finally caught up with us. On the road again. Heading home a day early. Too much smoke all around to be outside. 😢

Located in the Malheur National Forest in eastern Oregon, the Delintment Lake Campground is a serene and picturesque destination for nature lovers. Here's what you can expect from this beautiful campground:

1. Campsites
The Delintment Lake Campground offers a total of 29 individual campsites, each equipped with basic amenities such as picnic tables and fire rings. Whether you're pitching a tent or parking your RV, these spacious sites provide a comfortable base for your outdoor adventures.

2. Group Camping Area
In addition to the individual campsites, there is also a designated group camping area at Delintment Lake. This is perfect for larger gatherings or families who want to camp together. It's a great opportunity to bond with loved ones while surrounded by nature's beauty.

3. Delintment Lake: The Main Attraction
The main highlight of this campground is undoubtedly Delintment Lake itself. This stunning body of water serves as the focal point for various recreational activities:

  • Boating: Visitors can bring their own non-motorized boats or kayaks and launch them from the designated area. Explore the calm waters of the lake at your own pace and soak in the tranquility of your surroundings.
  • Beach Area: If you prefer a more laid-back experience, simply relax on the sandy beach area and enjoy the breathtaking views. It's an ideal spot for sunbathing, picnicking, or reading a book.
  • Fishing Pier: Anglers will be delighted to know that Delintment Lake has an accessible fishing pier. Cast your line into the water and try your luck at catching some of the lake's abundant fish species.

4. Delintment Lake Trail: A Nature Lover's Paradise
For those who want to explore beyond the campground, the Delintment Lake Trail offers an excellent opportunity to immerse yourself in the surrounding natural environment. This scenic trail follows the shoreline of the lake, allowing you to observe a wide variety of bird species and other wildlife along the way. Don't forget to bring your binoculars and camera!

5. The Wonders of Malheur National Forest
The Delintment Lake Campground is part of the larger Malheur National Forest, which is managed by the U.S. Forest Service. This expansive forest is known for its diverse ecosystems, ranging from rugged mountains to lush meadows. Here are some highlights of what the forest has to offer:

  • Hiking Trails: Explore numerous hiking trails that wind through the forest, offering breathtaking views and opportunities to spot wildlife.
  • Camping Areas: Besides Delintment Lake, there are other campgrounds within Malheur National Forest where you can set up camp and enjoy nature.
  • Fishing Spots: If fishing is your passion, you'll find plenty of streams, rivers, and lakes within the forest that are teeming with fish.
  • Wildlife Viewing: Keep an eye out for deer, elk, birds, and other animals that inhabit this diverse ecosystem.

6. A Perfect Getaway
Whether you're seeking a peaceful retreat or an adventure-filled outdoor experience, the Delintment Lake Campground and the Malheur National Forest provide the perfect setting for a memorable getaway. With its stunning natural beauty, abundant recreational opportunities, and well-maintained facilities, this campground is a true gem in the heart of eastern Oregon.

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