Magone Lake is a mountain gem located north of John Day and Prairie City. I got there from John Day by driving west on US 26 to Mount Vernon, turning right on US 395, and heading north 10 miles before turning right onto East Beech Creek Road.
Some nice country along East Beech Creek road. The road is good gravel but is only one lane wide. Drive with care, look for turn-outs that have been provided.
Nice pine forest en route to Magone Lake.
Entrance to Magone Lake recreation area.
Information about the lake.
There are ample campsites and places to picnic at the lake.
There were lots of people fishing and boating at the lake today.
The route toward Prairie City is paved all the way. The first three miles is paved and is one-lane road with turnouts. There are a lot of beautiful Ponderosa pines along the way.
Junction. When you get to this intersection, turn right to go to Prairie City.
Strawberry Mountain from Keeney Forks road, about one mile from US 26.
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