PENDLETON — The Umatilla National Forest is looking for volunteers to spend the summer as campground hosts for the Olive Lake and Bull Prairie Lake campgrounds.

A campground host greets campers, provides information on the surrounding area and generally makes campers feel at home. Hosts visit with campers and day-use visitors, clean and maintain restrooms, restock supplies and more.

According to a press release from the Forest Service, individuals or couples can apply to be hosts, who need to be friendly, flexible and responsible. Applicants may be subject to a criminal background check.

Those who apply will need to supply their own trailer, camper or motorhome. Campground hosts will have a campsite, usually near the main entryway to the campground. The host program also offers a food allowance and propane and reimburses personal vehicle mileage associated with hosting duties.

Olive Lake Campground is 12 miles southwest of Granite and sits on the shore of a 90-acre high mountain lake. This campground is typically hosted from early-June through Labor Day and features 28 campsites and seven accessible toilet facilities. Other features include a two-mile-long accessible hiking trail around the lake with nearby access to wilderness and scenic area trails, a boat ramp and two docks.

Bull Prairie Lake Campground is 36 miles south of Heppner and offers 30 tent/trailer sites, 12 picnic areas, a 28-acre lake with four floating fishing docks and a one-and-a-half-mile-long paved accessible trail. This campground is typically hosted from Memorial Day through mid-October, though a shorter duration is negotiable.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer campground host at either campground, contact Roy Vega at john.vega@usda.gov.

Additional information about the Umatilla National Forest is available at www.fs.usda.gov/umatilla.

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