Recreation

boating

Welcome to Prineville-Crook County! We have a ton to offer our visitors and we hope that you stay awhile and take in the sights. Below are just a few of the fun things for visitors and locals alike to do!

In Town

Thanks to our Crook County Parks & Recreation District, our community enjoys over 9 public parks, as well as a seasonal public swimming pool, skating rink, youth angling pond, ball fields, and an RV park! When you are in the area, feel free to stop by and take advantage of our lovely town parks:

– Crooked River Park and Crooked River Dog Park
Gary A. Ward Park
Harwood Park
Gervais Park
Mini Park
Ochoco Creek Park
Pioneer Park
Rimrock Park and Youth Angling Pond and Rimrock Dog Park
Stryker Park
Yellowpine Park

If you have any inquires regarding these parks, please contact Parks and Rec at 541-447-1209 or visit their website.

Water

Prineville and Crook County have been graced with a number of great reservoirs, rivers and creeks to be enjoyed year-round for such things as rafting, boating, fishing, and swimming! Listed below are a few of our favorite county water features:

Prineville Reservoir and Bowman Dam
Ochoco Reservoir
Crooked River and Hwy 27
Ochoco Creek
Walton Lake

To learn more about these water ways and additional public-use rules, please check with local the local BLM office at 541-416-6700 or the City of Prineville at 541-447-5628

Adventures

Being in the high desert and nestled up to the Ochoco Mountain Range, our community surround by an amazing amount of beautiful geologic wonders and curiosities. There is no way for us to list out all the incredible things to do here, but below is a list to get you started. Whether you are looking to hike, camp, rockhound, or to simply see the sites, there is something for everyone!

– Rockhounding: The Prineville-Crook County Chamber of Commerce, BLM office, and Bowman Museum all carry the Central Oregon Rockhound Map for purchase.
As well, every year during the 4th weekend of June, Prineville is home to the Prineville Rockhound Pow Wow!
– Fossils: With our close proximity to the John Day Fossil Beds, we are just a hop, skip, and jump away from some of the coolest fossils sites in all of Oregon!
The Painted Hills
Steins Pillar
Chimney Rock (PDF)
Big Summit Prairie
Smith Rock
Camping (PDF)/ Camping

Other Activities

In addition to our wonderful natural resources right our back door, our community is graced with great in-town amenities!

– Golfing: Crook County has three golf courses: Meadow Lakes Golf Course and Restaurant, Prineville Golf Club, and the course at Brasada Ranch.
Places to Shop (PDF)
– Walking Map (PDF)
Bowman Museum
Crook County Library
City of Prineville Railway
Prineville Airport

Other Communities

While your are here, and if you have the time, please take the time to visit our outlying communities. They are small, but full of life and make our County complete!

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Paulina (and the annual Paulina Amateur Rodeo)
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