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Get lost among the sounds of nature

Fish in the serene quiet of a national forest campground.
Sean Hart

Blue Mountain Eagle

Published on July 31, 2018 4:45PM

Last changed on August 9, 2018 1:09PM

Bill and Tina Henson of Marcola pack up their camp at Trout Farm Campground. They said they love the quiet offered by the mountain retreat.

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Bill and Tina Henson of Marcola pack up their camp at Trout Farm Campground. They said they love the quiet offered by the mountain retreat.

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The pond at Trout Farm Campground is stocked with trout.

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The pond at Trout Farm Campground is stocked with trout.

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Trout Farm Campground offers piped water. The campground fee is $8.

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Trout Farm Campground offers piped water. The campground fee is $8.

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Bill and Tina Henson of Marcola said the fish were biting at the pond at Trout Farm Campground in June.

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Bill and Tina Henson of Marcola said the fish were biting at the pond at Trout Farm Campground in June.

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Trout Farm Campground features a covered picnic area.

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Trout Farm Campground features a covered picnic area.

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Trout Farm Campground features a pond in the Malheur National Forest.

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Trout Farm Campground features a pond in the Malheur National Forest.

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County Road 62 leads to Trout Farm and other campgrounds on the Malheur National Forest.

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County Road 62 leads to Trout Farm and other campgrounds on the Malheur National Forest.

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Logan Valley and the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness are a short drive south of Trout Farm Campground on County Road 62 and Forest Road 16.

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Logan Valley and the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness are a short drive south of Trout Farm Campground on County Road 62 and Forest Road 16.

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Peace and quiet.

The sound of a creek splashes through the pines surrounding Trout Farm Campground as the sun peeks through the canopy on a cool mountain morning.

The only campers at the site south of Prairie City, Bill and Tina Henson begin to pack up as their two German shorthairs mill about camp.

“I love this place,” Tina says as Bill loads the fishing poles and cooking equipment. “You can get lost in your thoughts.”

The poles were well used. The pond was recently stocked with trout.

“You couldn’t keep the little ones off the hook,” Bill says with a smile.

As the tent comes down, another pickup pulls into the six-site campground and parks by the pond.

The water glistens in the sun as a soft breeze carries cool air from the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness a couple miles west.

Trout Farm Trail circles the pond, providing picnic spots and easy access for anglers, as trout swim in and out of sight below the surface.

The end of the trail leads back to a large, covered picnic area with camp grills.

Fresh water spills from a pipe nearby amid lush, green forest undergrowth.

Campers can bask in the serenity for $8 per night, and one of the sites is wheelchair-accessible.

No reservations are available, but if the campground is full, other options are nearby.

Two miles up the road, the more primitive Crescent Campground, which features toilets but only a stream for water, has four sites.

Further up the road and onto Forest Road 16 west into Logan Valley, the larger Big Creek and Parish Cabin campgrounds offer another 33 sites combined.

These are just a few of the sites on the Malheur National Forest that draw visitors from across the state and around the world.

Olive Lake and Magone Lake, each with campgrounds, in northeastern and central Grant County are also stocked with trout and provide ample opportunities to get lost among the sounds of nature.

Directions: To get to Trout Farm Campground from Prairie City, head south from Highway 26 on Bridge Street past the cemetery, where it becomes County Road 62. About 13 miles later, the campground is on the right.















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