Anthony Lake is located in the southern Elkhorn Mountain area. The area is just called Anthony Lakes - there are several other small lakes in the area. It is best known for skiing but it is also a popular place for camping, canoeing, fishing, horseback riding, and hiking during the summer months.
The campground has fresh water available and accessible vault toilets. Each site has a tent pad, paved parking area, grill, and picnic table. There is wood available and they do request that you not bring your own because you might import wood pests that otherwise do no inhabit the area. There are handicapped sites available. A group site is available for up to 60 people. Dogs have to be on a leash at all times.
There is a boat ramp that is wheelchair accessible. The lake is for non-motorized boating only.
It stays cool here when the lower elevations are suffering from the summer heat. The day use area is popular with locals for picnics and escaping the heat.
You won't have a view of the lake from your campsite but you will have spectacular views of the the Elkhorn Mountains.
There are a couple of short hikes that are easy and about a mile long. One circles the lake. The Elkhorn Crest trail is 22 miles long and is more difficult. This trail is open to horses and bikes as well as hikers on foot.
Anthony Lake campground is usually open late May into September depending on the snowfall.
You can make reservations through Reserve America.
Anthony Lakes in Eastern Oregon is the perfect place to ski if you love powder and blue skies. Well, you won't have blue skies every day but you will have powder lots and lots of days. There are people who have skied all over the United States that say this is the absolute best place to ski in the country.
Nordic skiers will enjoy the 20 miles of groomed and track set trails. Fourteen percent of the trails are for beginners. Twenty-six percent are for intermediates, and 60 percent are for experts. The Nordic Center has a full range of rentals for both classic and skate skiers. Lessons are provided for both. In fact, if you rent your skis you can have free lessons.
If you are really out for adventure, you can take an all-day backcountry snow cat ski trip. You must be an experienced skier or snowboarder that can handle all kinds of weather and snow conditions.
Snowmobile races are held about six times a year. For information call Call Jason Harmon 541-663-0567 or 541-856-3277 x0 .
A Ski Bus runs to the ski area every Saturday during ski season from both LaGrande and Baker City. In La Grande you can catch it at the Safeway parking lot. It leaves at 7:30 am, In Baker City you can catch it at the Geiser Grand Hotel at 7:45 am, the Little Pig Drive-In at 7:55 pm, and at the Haines store at 8:20 am. Buses return about 5:30 pm.
There is no lodging at the resort but you can park your RV in the parking lot free of charge with a SnowPark Permit.Baker City Lodging
For more information on Anthony Lakes call 541-856-3277.
You take to Anthony Lakes Road off of I-84 west to get there. Make the map smaller so you can get your barings and see where to turn off.