Chickahominy and the Malheur National Forest
Camping at Chickahominy BLM Recreation Area
Our next stop is Chickahominy Recreationa Area. It is off of US highway 20, about 34 miles west of Burns Oregon, and about 100 miles east of Bend. It is a 5 day layover, dry camping at the BLM campsite. There is water at the fish cleaning station (with threaded spigot). The spaces are spread out with lots of privacy. No hookups at the campsites, and no reservations.
The campground is a short distance from US 20 and you don’t get a lot of road noise at night. With the senior discount at $7 a night we couldn’t complain.
The little reservoir is half full and is noted as a good fishing spot. There are only a few other campers braving the 100 degree weather. We get some fantastic sunsets due to the smoke from the fires in southern Oregon and northern California. As a result of the hot weather we run the generator for the AC most afternoons to cool things off, otherwise we are running on solar.
It seems like every time I thought about taking the drone “Eyes of Lola” out it was too windy, so no drone videos this post either.
On our clearer nights I set up the telescope. Due to the smoke haze we use the binoculars for most of the star watching. With the few campers around and the closest town 25 miles away this is a great dark site for looking at the skies at night. No photos, sorry! I was mainly practicing setting up the telescope.
Swimming and Kayaking at Chickahominy Lake
The dogs enjoyed cooling off swimming in the lake in the afternoon! We took the kayak out for a spin in the lake and got some great pictures of an American Pelican on the far shore. There are some good walking trails around the lake. One hike took us towards US 20 and we found lots of obsidian shards that are pure black and SHARP to cut into shoes and fingers.
Malheur National Forest and Delintment Lake
Road Trip! We loaded the dogs into the Pilot and drove to Riley to get gas. We then drove in a big loop north to tour the southern part of the Malheur National Forest. Once we got past a few large cattle ranches we drove up into the Blue Mountains covered with Ponderosa pine trees. This is a nice change of pace to the sage desert at the campground.
As we gained elevation in the southern end of the Blue Mountains and reach the tree line the temperature cooled considerably. We enjoy the drive and pass several National Forest campgrounds scattered here and there. Most campsites would not accommodate Lola being too small. Taking the route from Riley the roads have many sections that are dirt up to Delintment Lake. If you are driving up to Delintment Lake with a trailer or RV take the road from Burns because it is smooth blacktop.
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