Unique Astronomy Site: Prineville Reservoir State Park

Courtesy of OregonStateParks.org

Prineville Reservoir State Park is a great place to go visit! It is a place that one can visit on the way to visit John Day Fossil Beds. There are great views of the Southern skies  The gate to the boat ramp area which gets locked fairly early in the evening. The camp hosts and rangers are strict about enforcing the ‘no overnight parking’ policy in this lot. There is  pull-off down the road that was much better for observing uninterrupted.


  • Light Pollution–> Blue Zone
  • Who Uses This Site –>Nobody in particular. It
  • Gear that one can bring–> Anything that one wants

Courtesy of OregonStateParks.org


  • How far outside of Portland? 166 miles (3.5 hours)
  • Google Maps Location


  • # of spots: 20
  • Cost For Parking: $5 or Oregon State Parks Pass
  • Parking Permit(s) Required: Oregon State Parks Fee
  • Where Permit(s) Can Be Obtained: Gate if purchasing there or wherever State Parks Passes are sold

Overnight Accommodations

Campground Info can be found at Oregon State Parks and reservations can be made using Reserve America.

  • 22 full-hookup sites
  • 22 electrical sites with water
  • 23 tent sites with water nearby
Rate Type Cost
Boat moorage $10
Deluxe cabin $89
Electrical $31
Extra vehicle $7
Full Hookup $33
Pet Friendly Deluxe Cabin $99
Tent site $21

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