Bully Creek Reservoir

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Bully Creek Reservoir
Swallows hovering over Bully Creek Dam, overlooking Bully Creek.
Location Malheur County, Oregon
Coordinates 44°00′48″N 117°23′46″W / 44.013216°N 117.396017°W / 44.013216; -117.396017Coordinates: 44°00′48″N 117°23′46″W / 44.013216°N 117.396017°W / 44.013216; -117.396017
Type reservoir
Primary inflows Bully Creek
Primary outflows Bully Creek
Basin countries United States
Surface area 985 acres (399 ha)
Water volume 31,650 acre⋅ft (39,040,000 m3)
Surface elevation 2,500 ft (760 m)
References [1]
Boy diving off a dock in Bully Creek Reservoir. The road that leads to the dam's crest is in the background.

Bully Creek Reservoir is a reservoir in Malheur County of the U.S. state of Oregon. It is an impoundment of Bully Creek, a tributary of the Malheur River.

It is a crescent-shaped reservoir located 9 miles (14 km) west of Vale and a 45-minute drive from I-84. The reservoir and its dam have paved road access by Bully Creek Road from Vale W Highway. The reservoir was constructed by the Bureau of Reclamation in 1963[2] and has 985 acres (399 ha) with 7 miles (11 km) of shoreline and a total capacity of 31,650 acre feet (39,040,000 m3). The dam is a zoned embankment dam with a crest length of 3,070 feet (940 m), total height of 121 feet (37 m) and sits at 2,500 feet (760 m) elevation.[3] The Bully Creek park is open April through October, has 33 campsites, a day use area with two covered shelters, a swimming beach and a two-lane boat ramp with dock.

Natural history[edit]

Aerial view

Fish species include smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, black bass, rainbow trout, yellow perch, white, and black crappie. The reservoir is used as a resting place by migratory waterfowl with some ducks remaining to nest. Sparse vegetative cover of sagebrush and grass provides habitat for small mammals and birds.[4]

Migrating birds flock the forested areas surrounding the reservoir. Loons, grebes, ducks, and hawks are often seen year round. Rock wrens and golden eagles are occasionally spotted in a nearby red rock formation.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Bully Creek Reservoir". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ The Bully Creek Extension was authorized as a part of the Vale Project by the Act of September 9, 1959 (73 Stat. 478, Public Law 86-248). "Irrigation, flood control, recreation, and the preservation and propagation of fish and wildlife are purposes of the Bully Creek Extension." Bureau of Reclamation, Pacific Northwest Regional Office. See [1]
  3. ^ "Bully Creek Dam". Archived from the original on 2009-01-18.  U.S. Department of the Interior: Bureau of Reclamation. Accessed 3 dec 2008.
  4. ^ "Bully Creek Dam Reservoir". Travel Oregon. Retrieved 3 dec 200.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  5. ^ "Bully Creek Reservoir, Oregon".  Public Lands Information Center. Accessed 3 dec 2008.

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