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Lake Information for McNary Channel Ponds


The setting is within a 318-acre natural area downstream of McNary Dam, adjacent to the Columbia River. There is a series of eight ponds connected by stream channels. The natural area has a series of hiking trails with interpretive signing regarding natural resources. It is pleasantly shaded by cottonwood, black locust, mulberry and Russian olive trees which shelter visitors from the strong afternoon winds.

Facilities and Parks: 

There is good vehicle access to the area ponds and hiking trails. There are two wheelchair-accessible platforms at the Fountain Pond and numerous wheelchair-accessible sites at the other ponds.

Fees: None.

Additional Activities: Wildlife viewing, hiking. There are migratory fish viewing windows at McNary Dam fish ladder and Smolt Bypass Center. Nearby state park: Hat Rock State Park

For More Information:
ODFW John Day Watershed District Office — (541) 276-2344

Fishing Description: 

Legal and trophy-sized rainbow trout are stocked from March through June. Legal-sized trout are stocked about twice a month. Several hundred trophy-sized trout are stocked annually in mid-May for a youth fishing event. Bluegill, crappie, bullhead and both largemouth and smallmouth bass are all naturally reproducing and available year-round. Best consistent fishing from March through June is for stocked rainbow trout.

Fishing Tips, Tactics, How-To info: 

All lake-fishing techniques can be effective. PowerBait fished from either a bobber or on the bottom works well for trout.

Directions to Lake: 

From Hwy 730 at Umatilla, turn north onto Brownell Boulevard (just west of I-82). Proceed to West Third Street. Turn right onto Third Street and proceed through I-82 underpass. The ponds are to the north of Third St. between I-82 and McNary Dam.

Brown Trout
Largemouth Bass
Rainbow Trout
Smallmouth Bass
Bass Family
Catfish Family
Perch Family
McNary Channel Ponds
Lake type: 

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    Boat Yard
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    Sorbenots Coffee
  • 1379 N 1st St - Hermiston, OR
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  • (541) 289-7414
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  • 540 S Highway 395 - Hermiston, OR
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