Does anyone know of any campgrounds or camp sites, primitive or not, at Warm Springs Reservoir about 50 miles SE of Burns, OR? I don't need any type of hookups, just a safe place to camp for about a week or so.
Thanks but that's the wrong part of the state. The one I'm looking for is east of Burns, in the SE portion of the state. Why they have two similar named bodies of water escapes me and it confused me when I first looked as well.
dgo...okay..now I see it. It's called Warm Springs Reservoir, that's the difference. I was using Google Map Earth and Sat. to look about. I sure don't see much, but there are lots of dirt roads running about. Which way you coming in from and if you can give me a general idea of where you are going to be for the week, I don't mind looking some more.
Thanks for your trouble. I had to laugh when I opened the link and it said that Warm Springs Reservoir is in Idaho. They were off by one state!
I've emailed BLM Burns Division to see if they have any recommendations for that area as it is mostly BLM land. I'm going up there for a long weekend rockhounding and the reservoir is right in the middle of an area we will be prospecting. I have reservations in Burns, but that means a LOT of back and forth traveling in the Jeep to take care of dogs a couple times a day. Since they are mostly indoor pets I don't want to take them with us when we are combing the mountains for rocks.
I've never boondocked before and am a little leery of simply parking the MH in the middle of nowhere with no one around while I'm not there. I need a little warm and fuzzy feeling about where I park but would be happy with a place that I could feel comfortable about.
dgo..okay, gotcha. I'll be interested to read what BLM has to say.
re boondocking. First time? oh man, you are jumping right in, bud. If I might make a couple suggestions? Have an outside contact with knowledge of your intentions. If you get injured or ill, someone will come looking after a set time. Take a bunch of water..LOTS. Exposure to the sun and dehydration are the biggest issues out there. And snakes. Everyone should have a walking stick..that's the first thing in the rock pile, not hands. You may not have cel service, so, note where you loose the signal. Then, if you need to scoot for service, you'll know where to get to.
Oregon is a great state and I am thinking you'll have a great time. I have lots of boondocking time in, so, if you have any questions, feel free to PM me.
If you are coming up thru Winnemucca to #205, I can give you some interesting spots, one of them for rock hounds.
I just talked with a lady from the Burns Office of the BLM and she told me that there are campgrounds at Warm Springs Reservoir. I've looked at every map/satellite source I have and can't find them but at least they exist.
I'm driving there via 84 in Idaho and then 20 in Or so will miss Winnemuca I'm afraid, but if you have any suggestions about rockhounding in the Burns area, I'm all ears!
Sorry Denny...not in the Warm Springs area. But..if I were going home via 205, south thru Frenchglen? and on to Denio, Nevada? I'd be looking at the Sheldon Wildlife Refuge on 140. And at the Virgin River area...in the map, on Google satellite, you'll see some RV's..and a hot springs. It's a 'primitive' cg, that happens to be smack dab in rock country. Were it me..I'd be in touch with the Virgin River Mining Co or whatever they are called and talk about how to get permissions.
You probably already know but it looks like black dendritic and white plume agate with gem quality on the west side of the reservoir. East 20 or so miles is quartz crystals to the west around Crane is thunder eggs. Just north of Juntura toward Beulah is animal fossils. Oh and Juntura has an rv park if you decide not to boondock. PM me if you want some more spots in that area.