Originally constructed as a stock and irrigation pond, today's 530-acre Chickahominy Reservoir - the main feature of the BLM's Chickahominy Recreation Site - offers exceptional, year-round fishing and seasonal camping in the high desert country of southeastern Oregon. Located just 98 miles east of Bend and 32 miles west of Burns on U.S. Highway 20, Chickahominy's primary draw is rainbow trout fishing. Since it is a standing body of water, the State of Oregon stocks the Chickahominy annually with coastal rainbow trout. Stocked fish are thought to be unable to escape from these water bodies and therefore not a threat to mix with native stream dwelling trout elsewhere in the watershed. Although the reservoir was not stocked in 2015 due to poor habitat conditions resulting from the prolonged drought conditions in the region, state officials stocked it with over 2,000 legal-sized rainbow trout in May 2016. The water level does fluctuate with the amount of spring run-of and can be low at times, occasionally affecting the availability of fisheries, so be sure to check-in with the Burns District Office at 541-573-4400 for the latest update. Fishing may be the site's primary attraction, but it isn't the only one. In the 1960s, members of the Malheur Job Corps Conservation Center constructed a campground onsite, and today visitors can stay at 28 campsites and utilize flush restrooms, covered picnic areas, paved access roads, and a concrete boat ramp for reservoir access. The campground is designed for visitors using motor homes (up to 40’) and camp trailers and also includes many sites for tent camping. One word of warning: regardless of the season, strong winds are a common occurrence, so be sure to come prepared. Constructed in the early 1950s to manage water for irrigation and watering livestock, Chickahominy has grown today to be a popular recreation site with fishing, bird watching, and camping opportunities. Stop by and check it off your Oregon bucket list! Contact: Bums District Bureau of Land •Management 28910 Hwy 20 West Hines, OR 97738 541-573-4400 www.blm.gov/or/districts/burns
Vendor: Bureau of Land Management - Oregon
Category: Parks & Forests
Activities: Hiking, Camping, Fishing
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