Construction Warning


Improvements Planned

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Now it is 2017 and they are out-of-date and need to be replaced,” she said.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.


Due to construction, you may be asked to camp at another space. When the vault toilets are being destroyed, you will be asked to stay 200 feet away from the construction.

Indian Lake Fish Derby

33rd Annual Indian Lake Fish Derby will be held Saturday, June 15, 2019.

Reservations will be taken on Monday, May 15, 2019 for the 2019 camping season. Full payment expected for fish derby weekend. Two day minimum stay for the Fish Derby.


Friday, June 14
Adults $10
12-17 years $5
11 & under $3
Saturday, June 15 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).