*Dates subject to change due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.
Indian Lake Campground, Lake Hiyúumptipin, is owned by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) and managed by the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD). Reservations may be made by calling 541-276-3873. The reservation office is open Monday-Friday, from 7:30 am-4 pm. Staff is available by Facebook messenger after hours for general questions at “Indian Lake Campground”.
To get the most up to date information on our opening, “Like” us on Facebook or check out our website: http://campindianlake.com/. Camping has been closed to the public through June 10. We will reopen to the public on June 11, 2020. For reservations call 541-276-3873.
The public health guidelines for CTUIR have been met and approved by the Incident Command Team (ICT). Indian Lake has enough supplies and equipment to safely open and operate at a minimum level. In order to keep the campground open, the number of visitors must stay below capacity, visitors must cooperate and comply with campground rules, and visitors must respect COVID-19 precautions such as physical distancing.
What to Expect
34th Annual Indian Lake Fish Derby will be held Saturday, August 22, 2020.
Reservations will be taken on Thursday, May 14, 2020 for the 2020 camping season. Full payment expected for fish derby weekend. Two day minimum stay for the Fish Derby.
|Friday, August 21, 2020
|11 & under||$3|
|Saturday, August 22, 2020||EVENT|
|6 am - 3pm||Fish Derby|
|3 pm||Fish Derby Ends|
|3:15 pm||Awards & Raffle|
The Indian Lake Fish Derby is always held on the day before Father's Day each year, with a grand prize going to the fisher with the largest fish of the day. Lots of other fun and prizes help make the annual event a success, especially with the locals.
The grand prize going to the fisher with the largest fish of the day. Lots of other fun and prizes help make the annual event a success, especially with the locals.
All registered youth receive a raffle prize. Prize goes to the youngest fisher & oldest dad fisherman! Pre-payment for camping required for Fish Derby weekend (non-refundable).
Free camping is not valid during Fish Derby weekend. One per family.
Article from August 2017 CUJ
Indian Lake camping facilities southeast of Pilot Rock will receive major improvements following the award of $110,000 from the Spirit Mountain Community Fund.
Another $240,000 was pledged by the Board of Trustees for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR), which owns and operates Indian Lake Campground. The Umatilla Tribes' contribution was contingent on the award from the Spirit Mountain Community Fund, which is the charitable arm funded by Spirit Mountain Casino owned by the Grand Ronde Tribes.
Nearly $1 million was awarded by the Grand Ronde to Oregon’s nine federally recognized tribes with each receiving $110,000.
The major portion of the $350,000 Indian Lake project will be used to replace three vault toilets, according to Leigh Pinkham Johnson in the CTUIR Department of Economic and Community Development. Other major improvements will include the expansion of an arbor and removal of an old underground diesel tank.
A man-made reservoir, Indian Lake was built in the early 1970s and the vault toilets were standard for that era, Pinkham-Johnson said.
Now it is 2017 and they are out-of-date and need to be replaced,” she said.
Wenaha Group, a tribal member-owned project management firm, did an assessment of the restrooms in November of last year – at no cost to the CTUIR. The assessment showed the restrooms are inadequate according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s “In Depth Design and Maintenance Manual.”
The roof of each restroom needs to be repaired and the tanks need to be vented. Additionally, water removal is difficult. And the restrooms are ADA accessible.
Many people who camp and visit Indian Lake Campground are from the Pendleton and Pilot Rock area. It is the closest campground for overnight stays and fishing.
According to Pinkham-Johnson, three quarters of the people who camp at Indian Lake are non-tribal members. Last year approximately 2,790 people visited Indian Lake Campground.
Two archery shoots – one in June and the other in August – are sponsored by the Pilot Rock Archery Club at Indian Lake.