Delintment Lake, Malheur National Forest, Oregon

Delintment Lake is a hidden gem in the Malheur National Forest outside of Burns, Oregon. Along the way, you might want to stop at Yellowjacket Reservoir as well. It was late summer when I visited and the thunder and lightening storms were rampant. A beautiful lake for canoeing and camping; I would have to list it in my top 20 for Oregon. So far, it is my favorite lake in Eastern Oregon. The lake is surrounded by large old Ponderosa. There is a great campground, potable water and newer vault bathrooms. There is a boat launch and when we were there, the campground only had one other person in it. There are amazing campsites right on the lake.


These directions were listed on the Forest Service Website, but I would have a map in hand. Directions: North of Burns on County Road 127 to Forest Road #41. Left on Forest Road #41 for 45 miles to junction, turn left and follow signs for 5 miles to campground.

*Never Canoe during a lightening storm. We waited until the morning with a clear sky to go out on the lake.


3 thoughts on “Delintment Lake, Malheur National Forest, Oregon

    1. Hi Mic Tod – Thanks for visiting my site. The last time I was up there, the roads were pretty great. In fact, if I remeber correctly, the road from Burns is paved all the way up to Delintment. I have a friend that took a camp trailer up there this summer without any issues. There are so many roads in the area, so I think it depends which direction you are coming from. As with any off-the-beaten path location, I would check with the Forest Service first (it’s hard to tell what might have been damaged with fire etc.) When I left Delintment, I headed west and don’t recall any issues with the roads, but I’m used to pretty rough roads, so it depends on how you determine what is rough.

      1. Thanks. I’m used to some pretty rough roads in the National Forests, but if your friend took a travel trailer up, they can’t be as rough as many I’ve driven on. We were planning on coming in from the Paulina side, with a small TT. Would be nice to avoid dusty gravel roads, tho, so maybe we’ll go south to Burns instead. Again, thanks!

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