Prineville Oregon Vacations: Activities, Fishing

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Prineville, Oregon has the distinction of being the oldest incorporated town in Central Oregon. Prineville has retained its Old West atmosphere while becoming a modern ranching and farming community. Found in Crook County, Prineville is 147 miles east of Portland and only 35 miles north of Bend.

For those who enjoy the history of the Old West, a visit to the 1909 Crook County Courthouse is necessary. The city's museum is housed in the historic Crook County Bank Building, which was built in 1910 with stone blocks from a local quarry.

Nestled in a valley that is surrounded by rim rocks, Prineville is a favorite place for rock hounds. The Ochoco National Forest, which is nearby, is an island of trees and lush greenery in the middle of the ocean that is the Central Oregon High Desert.

Other regional activities included cross-country skiing, hiking, snowmobiling, and boating and fishing. Boating and fishing are year round activities – the fishing is always good. Avid anglers can cast their line and catch rainbow and cutthroat trout, small and large mouth bass, catfish, brown bullhead, or crappie. During the winter, ice fishing is a favorite pastime.

In addition, while on your vacation to Central Oregon, travel to Prineville and enjoy a ride aboard the Crooked River Railroad Dinner Train. This is a family friendly activity and tons of fun.