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    JOURNEY
MyEagleNews.com
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
ABUNDANT RECREATION AT
MAGONE LAKE
Trail around water passes beach, boat ramp and campground
By Sean Hart
Blue Mountain Eagle
wimming, hiking, fishing and
mountain biking — Magone
Lake offers an abundance of rec-
reational opportunities on the Malheur
National Forest.
Surrounded by spruce and pine, geol-
ogists believe the 50-acre mountain lake
was created by a landslide in the 1800s.
Some of the trees submerged remain
standing, and visitors can jump into the
water from a stump sticking out in the
middle of the lake.
The lake is surrounded by a mile-long
trail that meanders past a sandy beach in
the day-use area, a campground and a boat
ramp. No wake is allowed, but motors
under 10 horsepower are permitted.
Stocked annually, the lake contains
eastern brook and rainbow trout. Major
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Eagle photos/Sean Hart
Magone Lake provides opportunities for swimming, boating, fishing, hiking, camping
and mountain biking.
Joseph Magone is said to have carried the
first trout to the lake by bucket from the
John Day Valley on foot.
The campground offers 21 single sites
and one double site, first-come, first-
served. Three of the sites are tent only,
and seven are ADA-accessible. RV camp-
ing is allowed, but there are no hookups.
A 75-person group site and covered pic-
nic shelter can each be reserved at recre-
ation.gov.
The site features drinking water and
Try something new at...
RUSSELL’s CUSTOM MEATS & DELI
A chipmunk scampers off the trail at Magone Lake.
In-House Smoked
Snack Sticks, Jerky
& Lunch Meats.
Local Honey &
Cheeses.
We are worth
the extra mile!
GRANT COUNTY
Home of the the wild and
scenic John Day River
Excellent Dining Establishments, Lodging Facilities,
Vacation Rentals and B&B’s
• World Class Museums
• Breathtaking Scenery
• Mountains - Lakes - Rivers - Streams
• Hunting - Fishing - Hiking
•Bicycle and Motorcycle Routes
• Geocahcing - Fossil Beds
• Blue Skies and Starry Nights
301 W Main St., John Day
541-575-0547 • 1-800-769-5664
gcadmin@gcoregonlive.com
129482
vault toilets, but no garbage service is
provided.
The trailhead for Magone Slide Trail
takes off from near the campground.
The 1.5-mile trek ascends about 300 feet
through ponderosa pine stands that have
been growing since the landslide created
the lake.
Mountain biking trails are also avail-
able. Over the next several years, work is
expected to be completed on an 18-mile
bike trail project.
To reach the site from John Day, fol-
low Highway 26 east about 13 miles to
County Road 18/Keeney Forks Road.
Travel about 12 miles on County Road
18, then turn left onto Forest Service Road
3620 (there will be a sign pointing left to
Magone Lake). Travel 2 miles on For-
est Road 3620 to the junction with For-
est Road 3618. Follow 3618 for approxi-
mately 1 mile to the day-use area.
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