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We Are Closed for 2020

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, starting Thursday, May 13, 2021 for the 2021 camping season. The reservation office opens Monday-Friday, from 7:30 am-4 pm. Staff is available by Facebook messenger after hours for general questions at “Indian Lake Campground”.

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Indian Lake Fish Derby

35th Annual Indian Lake Fish Derby will be held Saturday, June 21, 2021.

Reservations will be taken on Thursday, May 13, 2021 for the 2021 camping season. Full payment expected for fish derby weekend. Two day minimum stay for the Fish Derby.

Friday, June 20, 2021
Adults $10
12-17 years $5
11 & under $3


Saturday, June 21, 2021 EVENT
6 am Registration
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. Dates, times, and cost are subject to change. 


Covid-19 Update Summer 2020

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

  • Some restrooms may be closed
  • Firewood will still be available
  • Checkout time is noon
  • Signs posted to discourage group gatherings and congestion

Please Prepare

  • Stay home if you’re sick
  • Only visit with members of your household
  • Bring all supplies-food, water, hand sanitizer
  • If the campground appears crowded, leave and come back another time
  • Wear a face covering in congested areas
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from people who aren’t from your household. Further apart is better
  • Cover your cough/sneeze with a tissue (then throw it away), or the inside of your elbow
  • Leave no trace: pack out everything you bring with you (garbage bags/dumpster available for trash)
  • Water is available for drinking



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.