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.