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Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge, Lakeview
(4.7/5 based on 15+ reviews on the web)
Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge is a National Wildlife Refuge on Hart Mountain in southeastern Oregon, which protects more than 422sqmi and more than 300 species of wildlife, including pronghorn, bighorn sheep, mule deer, sage grouse, and Great Basin redband trout. The refuge, created in 1936 as a range for remnant herds of pronghorn, spans habitats ranging from high desert to shallow playa lakes, and is among the largest wildlife habitats containing no domestic livestock.Protected statusSince its creation as an antelope reserve, management of the refuge has broadened to include conservation of all wildlife species characteristic of this high desert habitat and restoration of native ecosystems for the public's enjoyment education, and appreciation. The area's protected status has been remarked upon by former Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas:Recreational activities Wildlife photography and observation are the most popular refuge activities. There are permanent blinds throughout the refuge. Hiking is encouraged, but trails are not maintained, though most of the terrain permits cross-country hiking. Backpacking is the only way to experience remote parts of the refuge. Camping is free, but there are no reservations, and there is a 14-day limit. Generators and power equipment are prohibited. Bicycling is limited to roads open to motor vehicles, but the rough roads require sturdy bikes. Fishing is allowed in a few locations, with an Oregon fishing license. Hunting is permitted for a very limited number of deer, pronghorn and bighorn sheep. Rock collecting is limited to 7lb per day, only surface objects may be collected, Digging and blasting are not allowed. The nearby Bureau of Land Management Sunstone mine is a source for the Oregon state gemstone.
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  • This is a pretty isolated refuge that we cut through when travelling between Malheur Wildlife Refuge and Lakeview, where we stayed. The roads are fairly good if unpaved, so plan accordingly. We did se...  more »
  • This place is great but the roads are awful, worst I have every seen. The washboarding will shake your car apart. Congress needs to fund natural resource management commensurate with its value but in ...  more »
  • We visited at the end of February....there apwas some snow, but we were the only people here....lots of antelope, geese and other birds. Quiet, serene and beautiful. Be sure to visit the hot springs. 
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  • Thank you to the staff of the Hart Mountain Antelope Refuge for the chance to hunt on the refuge and the great condition of the facilities provided for our use. Courteous helpful staff and the beautiful scenery make this a must visit in Eastern Oregon. John Murray, Heppner Oregon
  • More west and more east, there are more scenic places. If you aren't used to "scenic" though, this is a pretty great way to get it from the car. Just keep going east for MORE beauty (Steens) or west (Fremont National forest).
  • Vast, silent expanse. Saw eagles and antelope. Beautiful campground locations.
  • Up for an adventure come here, but remember rough roads, so have some good tires, or back ups!
  • Camped at Hot Springs. Primitive camping only, that I recall. I think there was an outhouse, but that's it. Great spot! At one point, the skeeters were a nuisance. Very quiet location.