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Wickiup Reservoir

Wickiup Reservoir is one of central Oregon’s best wildlife viewing sites because it attracts such a variety of nesting and/or migrating birds. The relatively shallow reservoir was dammed to store irrigation water that is managed by the North Unit Irrigation District. The water level often lowers dramatically by October. The easiest access for shoreline viewing is at recreation sites or along the 2.6-mile earthen dam. 

The reservoir covers an area on the Deschutes River which was known as the Wickiup’s. It was a camping area for Native Americans during the fall. Wickiup Dam was started in 1939, and was completed in 1949. Wickiup Reservoir is very rich, highly productive, relatively warm water and cooler deep channels generate some of the finest fishing in Central Oregon. 

Motorized and non-motorized boats are allowed on this body of water. 

Caution: Winter access is typically hindered by deep snow.

For boat launch information see Gull Point Boating Site, North Wickiup Boating Site North Davis Boating Site, Reservior Boating Site Sheep Bridge Boating SiteWest South Twin Boating Site  and Wickiup Butte Boating Site


  • Birding
  • Fishing
  • Lakes & Reservoirs
  • Swimming
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Windsurfing & Kiteboarding

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