The Deschutes National Forest in Deschutes County offers countless year-round recreation opportunities. 

Five wilderness areas fall within the Deschutes National Forest boundary – Diamond Peak, Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Thielsen, Mt. Washington and Three Sisters. 

Drill down into the 12 Deschutes recreation areas below to learn more about each area, including stunning image galleries, maps, directions, and links to campground reservations.

Whychus Creek Scenic Overlook Trailhead

74 Deschutes National Forest Camping Areas

Activities Auto Touring, Biking, Boating, Camping, Interpretive Programs, Fishing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Off Highway Vehicle, Picnicking, Winter Sports, Recreational Vehicles, Visitor Center, Wildlife Viewing, Fire Lookouts/cabins Overnight, Swimming, Horse Camping Located on the eastern slopes of the Cascades in Central Oregon, the Deschutes National Forest offers year-round recreation opportunities. Home to more than 1.6 million acres, the Forest spans a variety of landscapes and ecosystems. The Forest gains more than 9,000 feet in eleveation from its lowest point at Lake Billy Chinook (1,950 ft) to its highest atop South Sister’s summit (10.358 ft). Visitors enjoy campsites featuring a wide-variety of picturesque backdrops. Camping opportunities range from rustic, walk-in sites to sites accomodating full-size RV’s and trailers. Deschutes Camping Reservations Make your reservation at one of these 74 Deschutes National Forest Camping Areas: 1. ALLEN SPRINGS CAMPGROUND >> Camping Area Like the other campgrounds on the Metolius, Allen Springs is located

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Lower Deschutes River Back Country Byway, Oregon Camping & Hiking

Directions From Maupin, Oregon: On the east side of the Deschutes River drive either direction on the Deschutes River Access road. Phone 541-416-6700 Activities AUTO TOURING, BIKING, BOATING, HISTORIC & CULTURAL SITE, CAMPING, FISHING, HUNTING, PICNICKING, DAY USE AREA, PHOTOGRAPHY, PADDLING, WATER ACTIVITIES Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Oregon Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Oregon Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Oregon Recreation Areas Lower Deschutes River Flickr Album Sherar’s Falls Scenic Bikeway Lower Deschutes Boater Pass Information Learn more about the Deschutes Wild and Scenic River Lower Deschutes River Back Country Byway Spanning 32 miles along the east bank of the Lower Deschutes Wild and Scenic River, this back country byway offers close-up views of rapids and steep canyon country. Twelve paved miles originate from the hamlet of Maupin and connect to state

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Trout Creek Climbing Area

Trout Creek Trail, Oregon Camping & Hiking

Directions Mecca Flat Trailhead : From Madras, Oregon, drive 12.7 miles north on US highway 26. Immediately before the Deschutes River crossing, turn right on the unsigned Mecca Flat Road, a single-lane dirt road. Watch for the brown BLM directional sign announcing Mecca Flat Campground. Drive another 1.6 miles to the campground and trailhead. Trout Creek Trailhead: From Madras, Oregon, drive 3 miles north on US highway 97; turn left onto NE Cora Drive and proceed another 0.7 miles. Make a slight left onto NE Clark Drive for another 5.8 mi, then turn left onto NE Buckley Ln/NE Clark Drive; proceed another 0.4 miles. NE Buckley Ln/NE Clark Drive turns left and becomes NE Clemens Drive for another 1.3 miles. At the community of Gateway, turn right to stay on NE Clemens Drive which becomes Coleman Road. The road turns to gravel at Trout Creek and a narrow tunnel precludes

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White Wild and Scenic River, Oregon Camping & Hiking

Directions From Maupin, OR: Head southwest on US-197 N/Deschutes Ave toward 6th St continuing to follow US-197 N for 2.7 miles. Turn left onto OR-216 W for 4.8 miles, then take a slight right onto Kelly Cutoff for another 1.1 miles. Turn left onto Old Wapinitia Rd for 0.3 miles, then turn right onto Claymier Ln; proceed for another 1.9 miles. Continue onto Victor Road for 1.8 miles, then turn right onto White River Crossing Rd. River access and a primitive campsite will be on the right after 1.8 miles. Phone 541-416-6700 Activities CAMPING, FISHING, HIKING, WILDERNESS Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Oregon Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Oregon Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Oregon Recreation Areas Leave-No-Trace Principles White Wild and Scenic River at rivers.gov White River Falls State Park Overview: Originating

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Lower Deschutes Wild and Scenic River, Oregon Camping & Hiking

Directions The Deschutes River runs north through Central Oregon and meets the Columbia River east of The Dalles. The river can be accessed via U.S. 97, U.S. 197, and U.S. 26. Phone 541-416-6700 Activities AUTO TOURING, BIKING, CLIMBING, HISTORIC & CULTURAL SITE, CAMPING, FISHING, HIKING, HUNTING, PICNICKING, WILDLIFE VIEWING, FISH HATCHERY, PHOTOGRAPHY, PADDLING, SWIMMING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Oregon Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Oregon Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Oregon Recreation Areas Getting a Deschutes River Boater Pass Lower Deschutes River Maps, Mile Markers, GPS Coordinates, and more Lower Deschutes Wild and Scenic River at rivers.gov Leave-No-Trace Principles The Deschutes River was designated an Oregon Scenic Waterway in 1970 and a Federal Wild and Scenic River in 1988. The river runs through a deep rimrock-lined canyon that ranges from 900 feet

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Middle Deschutes Wild and Scenic River, Oregon Camping & Hiking

Directions Steelhead Falls Trail: From Terrebonne, turn west on Lower Bridge Road and proceed 2.2 miles to NW 43rd St. Turn right and drive 1.8 miles to NW Chinook Drive. Turn left at the 2nd cross street onto SW Badger Road and go 1.8 miles to SW Quail Drive and proceed another 1.2 miles. Turn left onto SW River Road and drive 1.0 mile to the trailhead. Scout Camp Trail: From Terrebonne, turn west on Lower Bridge Road and proceed 2.2 miles to NW 43rd St. Turn right and drive 1.8 miles to NW Chinook Drive. Drive 2.4 miles and turn left onto Mustang Rd and proceed another 0.2 miles. Turn right to stay on Mustang Rd and go another 0.5 miles. Turn right to stay on Mustang Rd for another 0.4 miles and turn right onto SW Shad Rd. Drive 1.4 miles to SW Peninsula Drive and turn right;

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Crooked Wild and Scenic River, Oregon Camping & Hiking

Directions North Fork: From Prineville, Oregon, drive southeast for 35 miles on the Post-Paulina Highway (OR 380). Turn left on Teaters Road and proceed 1.4 miles to an unnamed gravel road on the left. Drive approximately 6.2 miles to the seasonal gate at Telephone Springs. From here, you can park and hike or take one of the rough spur ways towards the river. Chimney Rock Segment: From Prineville, Oregon, drive 12 miles south on the Crooked River Highway (OR 27). The wild and scenic segment begins here and continues south 7.3 miles to Bowman Dam. Lower Crooked River: From Terrebonne, Oregon, drive 0.5 miles north on The Dalles-California Highway (US97). Turn left onto NW Lower Bridge Way/Lower Bridge Market Rd for 2.2 miles. Turn right onto NW 43rd St and drive 1.8 miles. Turn left onto NW Chinook Drive and proceed for 5.1 miles. Then NW Chinook Dr turns slightly

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Millican Valley OHV Trail System, Oregon Camping & Hiking

Directions From Bend, OR take US-20 east through the town of Millican. Continue past town about 1 mile, look for Millican Staging Area Signs. Phone 541-416-6700 Activities OFF HIGHWAY VEHICLE, OFF ROAD VEHICLE TRAILS Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Oregon Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Oregon Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Oregon Recreation Areas The Millican Valley Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Trail System consists of lands southwest of Prineville, Oregon along George Millican Road, extending south of Highway 20. Trails and play areas are provided for Class I, II, and III off-highway vehicles (OHVs), although other trail users can use these trails as well. This trail use area provides year-round riding for Class I, II and III users and includes 255 miles of designated routes, nine staging areas, and three play areas. Trails in

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Steelhead Falls Trail, Oregon Camping & Hiking

Directions From Redmond, head north on Hwy 97 to Terrebonne and turn west on NE Lower Bridge Way. Go two miles and take a right on NW 43rd Street. Follow that 1.8 miles to Chinook Drive. Go almost a mile and take a left onto Badger Road. Travel one mile and turn right on Quail Road. Follow Quail Road for .5 mile and take a left on River Road. Take River Road downhill to the Steelhead Falls Trailhead and campground. Phone 541-416-6700 Activities BOATING, FISHING, HIKING, PICNICKING, DAY USE AREA, PHOTOGRAPHY, SWIMMING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Oregon Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Oregon Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Oregon Recreation Areas BLMOregon BLMOregon Time-lapse Video of Steelhead Falls Oregon State Tourism Oregon State Road Conditions Overview: In steps, it is only about

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Haystack Reservoir, Oregon Camping & Hiking

Directions Site is 10 miles south of Madras, Oregon east off U.S. 97. Phone 541-383-5300 Activities BOATING, CAMPING, FISHING, HIKING, HUNTING, PICNICKING, RECREATIONAL VEHICLES, WATER SPORTS Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Oregon Campgrounds South Shore Group Campground Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Oregon Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Oregon Recreation Areas Haystack Reservoir The Haystack Reservoir area encompasses 271 acres of land and 233 acres of water surface, with 5 miles of shoreline. Available species include largemouth bass, crappie, rainbow trout, kokanee, brown trout, and brown bullhead.Haystack Dam and reservoir are features of the Deschutes Project.

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Crane Prairie Reservoir, Oregon Camping & Hiking

Directions Site is about 40 miles southwest of Bend, Oregon off U.S. 97. Phone 541-383-5300 Activities BOATING, CAMPING, FISHING, HUNTING, PICNICKING, RECREATIONAL VEHICLES, WATER SPORTS, WILDLIFE VIEWING, OTHER RECREATION CONCESSION SITE Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Oregon Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Oregon Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Oregon Recreation Areas Crane Prairie Reservoir Recreation on this 4,940-acre reservoir is located in the Cascade Mountains. There are 24 miles of shoreline. One of the best rainbow trout lakes in the state. Fish exceed 10 pounds. Available species include rainbow trout, brook trout, kokanee salmon, largemouth bass, and whitefish. Fishing season runs from late April through October. Reservoir acre feet and total reservoir capacity and cubic feet/second release rates for rivers below Deschutes River Basin reservoirs and select river locations are updated daily and

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Crescent Lake, Oregon Camping & Hiking

Directions Site is located 70 miles southwest of Bend, Oregon. South on U.S. 97 for 60 miles to county road to lake. Phone 541-383-5300 Activities BOATING, CAMPING, FISHING, PICNICKING, WINTER SPORTS, RECREATIONAL VEHICLES, WATER SPORTS Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Oregon Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Oregon Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Oregon Recreation Areas Crescent Lake Crescent Lake Dam which is part of the Crescent Lake Project, is located at the outlet of Crescent Lake. The lake is a large natural body of water formed in a glacial deposit high on the eastern slopes of the Cascade Range. This 4,000-acre lake offers angling opportunities for kokanee salmon, rainbow trout, brown trout, and mountain whitefish. Fishing season runs from late April through October. Reservoir acre feet and total reservoir capacity and cubic feet/second

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