Logan Valley Star Party


June 17 - June 21, 2020


Please RSVP through our contacts

Summary of our 2019 Logan Valley Star Party:

Summary of our 2018 Logan Valley Star Party:

Upper: Logan Valley Star Party telescope field, June, 2018 by Chuck Barnard

Lower: post Logan valley Telescope Field, June, 2019 by John Benham

Location: Lat/Long: N44 11.25', W118 36.95' (copy and paste into Google Earth)

MagneticDeclination: +13 degrees 58' (east) http://www.magnetic-declination.com/

U.S. Forest Service Big Creek Campground, Malheur National Forest

Elevation: 5,140 feet (average)

Dates: June 17 - June 21, 2020 (Wednesday through Sunday) New Moon: Saturday, June 20th


  • From Seneca: 20 miles east on paved CR 16 (county road)
  • From East of John Day - Prairie City hwy 26: 20 miles south on paved CR 62 then 6 miles west on CR 16 to Big Creek Campground turnoff
  • From West of John Day - South of John Day from US 26 on US 395 about 10-miles; then East on CR 65 (Canyon Creek Road) about 13 miles; then east on CR 16 about 7.5 miles to Big Creek Campground turnoff
  • From Vale hwy 20: CR 306 paved to Van; continue north on CR 15 gravel to CR 16 then 7 miles east on CR 16 to Big Creek Campground turnoff
  • From Burns hwy 20: US 395 north to Seneca, 20 miles east on paved CR 16 to Big Creek Campground turnoff

Big Creek Campground:

  • 15 sites; water; two modern vault toilets; picnic tables; one larger group site (#1 and 2)
  • $8/night; 1/2 off for Golden Eagle card holders
  • Campground nestled in trees and next to Big Creek
  • No reservations; first come, first served
  • Potable water from spigot
  • No trash or garbage - bring it in, take it out
  • No RV dump station - nearest is Grant County RV Park, John Day
  • USFS Big Creek Campground web page: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/malheur/recreation/camping-cabins/recarea/?recid=40084&actid=29

Open Camping:

Lake Creek Youth Camp - Malhuer National Forest:

  • 10- cabins; each sleep 10; $25/night regardless of 1 to 10 people
  • $65/each for 3-meals/day including cabin fee
  • Meals alacarte by reservation (camp at Big Creek - meals at Youth Camp)
  • Beautiful classic lodge; showers, flush toilets
  • West of Big Creek Campground about 4-miles via CR-16
  • http://lakecreekcamp.org/index.php

Perfect site for a star party:

This is a loosely organized star party. However, basic star party etiquette will apply - ie. no white light; please no dog walking on telescope field; green lasers may affect astro imagers; etc.

Anyone is welcome to give a presentation or share their astrophotography using their own laptops.

Being near the Summer Solstice, nights will be shorter but we are further south in latitude than most northwest star parties. The location is in a dark sky designation.

Average temperatures in June are +70F degrees high, +37F degrees low.

Please RSVP with email contact so we can advise on changing conditions. The Forest Service has put a cap of 75 attendees.


Strawberry Mountains Wilderness Area, June, 2018

Logan Valley view to SE from Strawberry Mountains day hike, June, 2018

Note: Photographs below taken in late October, 2017 - hence light snow on ground.

Strawberry Mountains Wilderness North View - telescope field

Northeast View - telescope field East View - telescope field (Big Creek C.G. in trees)

Southeast View - telescope field South View - telescope field

Southwest View - telescope field West View - telescope field

Northwest View - telescope field

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