Beulah Reservoir, also known as Agency Valley Reservoir, is located in the Agency Valley at 3,600-foot elevation, 15 miles north of the small town of Juntura.
The 110-foot-high earth-fill Agency Valley Dam on the North Fork of the Malheur River was built in 1935. With a total capacity of 59,000 acre-feet, the reservoir receives drainage from 440 square miles, mostly from the North Fork of the Malheur River, covering 1,900 acres of the valley. No hydroelectric power is generated at the Agency Valley Dam.
The shoreline of the reservoir is managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The Malheur County maintains a concrete boat ramp, a gravel parking area, and a vault restroom just above the dam. Beulah Reservoir provides great opportunities for a wide range of recreational activities including fishing, boating, water-skiing, camping, rockhounding, and even soaking in hot springs.
There are campgrounds and facilities for launching and mooring boats at the reservoir. Also, camping is available in the Chukar Park Recreation Site.
The reservoir is open for angling year-round. A few times a year it is stocked with hatchery rainbow trout. Also, local whitefish, Dolly Varden and redband trouts are available.
Beulah Hot Springs
Beulah Hot Springs is located northeast of the reservoir. Currently, it does not offer a great soaking - the bathtub is corroded and hoses hardly transfer the hot mineral water from the source...
Rockhounding for fossilized leaves, fish fossils, agate, and jasper is available on the southeastern shore of the reservoir.
Chukar Park Recreation Site
A developed campground for tents, RVs, or trailers along the North Fork of the Malheur River, Chukar Park Recreation Site is managed by BLM. The park is located 6 miles north of Highway 20 and 9 miles south of the Beulah Reservoir.
The gravel road is good but it is advised that visitors opt for a 4x4 drive during rainy or snowy seasons. The camping and soaking are free. Beulah still needs a lot of re-engineering to become more convenient and comfortable for visitors, but if someone is looking for an isolated, magnificent area to enjoy all activities it offers, then this is the place worth visiting.
Beulah Reservoir | General Description
Open: Year-round, some road can be closed due to snow
Managed: BLM, Malheur County
Service: Boat ramp, vault restroom
Activities: Camping, fishing, boating, and rockhounding
Day-use fees: None
Accommodations: 2 campsites along the shores; Camping at Chukar Park Recreation Site 9 miles south of the Beulah Reservoir
Elevation: 3,600 ft (1,097 m)
Beulah Reservoir is located:
- 15 miles north of Juntura
- 59 miles east of Burns
- 130 miles southwest of Salem
- 175 miles southwest of Portland.
Directions to Beulah Reservoir
From Highway 20 at the western end of Juntura,
- Turn north onto Beulah Road
- Drive 14.3 miles to the destination on the left.
During wet weather, a high-clearance vehicle is recommended.