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watching is popular. And when the temperatures climb, swimming provides cool relaxation.

Magone Lake features a boat launch, group picnic area, large group camp site, drinking water and wheelchair accessible facilities.

Magone Lake a recreational retreat

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MAGONE LAKE – It’s camping season at last. Among campgrounds that opened for the sum- mer May 25 on the Mal- heur National Forest is Magone Lake.

The 50-acre lake, 26 miles north of John Day, is nestled in the mountains at 5,500 feet. Magone Lake (pronounced as ma-goon) has hiking and biking trails, good fishing, and more. Bird and wildlife

There are 24 tent/trailer campsites and three tent campsites, all available on a first come, first served basis. Cost to camp in the sites is $13 per night. Those coming for the day can find 17 picnic sites. Piped drinking water is available. Toilets are wheelchair accessible. For those who like to hike, an easy, paved two- mile trail goes all the way around the lake. Two other trailheads are near the campground, including a mountain bike trail and a hiking trail. South of the camp- ground is the Magone Slide, which geologists believe created the lake by damming Lake Creek. Arch Rock National

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Magone Lake features a boat launch, group picnic area, large group camp site, drinking water and wheelchair accessible facilities.

Scenic Trail is northeast of the campground.

The lake was named after Col. Joseph Magone. He is said to have stocked the 50-acre lake with some brook trout he carried up in a bucket.

Pets must be restrained or on a leash while in developed recreation sites and on trails. Pets, except guide dogs, are not allowed in swimming areas.

Reservations can be made for the group camp- ing area ($60 per night) and the group picnic shel-

ter ($25 rental fee) by call- ing the Prairie City Ranger District, 541-820-3800. While the U.S. Forest Service maintains the campground daily, the agency utilizes “camp- ground hosts” to assist with the facility. Those interested can contact Shannon Winegar at 541- 820-3800.

Magone Lake is reached

off U.S. 26, three miles west of Prairie City. Fol- lowing Forest Road 18 for 12 miles, turn west on For- est road 3620/3618 for two more miles.

Scenic byways into the past

It is a Journey Through Time

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History comes to life in Oregon’s Journey Through Time, an auto route that loops through Northeastern Oregon. The scenic byway runs from

Biggs at the Columbia River through the John Day River country to Baker City.

Along the way, visitors are treated to stunning scenery and intriguing glimpses of the past, recent and ancient. It’s a modern-day tour that links the land’s prehis- toric past, the influx of white settlers on the Ore-

gon Trail, and the fabled allure of gold and cattle country.

If you take the Journey,

don’t miss these stops: • John Day Fossil Beds National Monu- ment, with picnic areas, hiking trails, and a visitor center. Get a short course on the 40 million years between the extinction of the dinosaurs and the start of the Ice Age. • Kimberly, a former stage stop on a fertile river delta that still boasts orchards producing a bounty of cherries, peaches, apricots, apples and pears. • Dayville, a former stage stop on the historic The Dalles Military Road. • Mt. Vernon, a quiet community once noted for lively horse races and hot springs. • John Day, where the

Kam Wah Chung Muse- um recalls the Chinese

workers who settled there during the railroad and gold mining days of the late 1800s. The Ranch and Rodeo Museum paints another picture of the region’s agricultural roots.

• Canyon City – the county seat, once the largest city in Oregon during the gold rush of 1862.

• Prairie City, nestled below Strawberry Moun- tain, was a bustling ship- ping point for the old Sumpter Valley Railroad during the logging hey- day in the 1900s. • The Covered Wagon Overlook on Highway 26, east of Prairie City, commemorating the ardu- ous journey of the pio- neers.

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