Deschutes National Forest, Oregon Recreation Area Info & Images

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Deschutes National Forest Recreation Areas

12 Areas

Deschutes National Forest Camping Areas

56 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

Todd Lake - Deschutes National Forest

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.

Five wilderness areas fall within the Deschutes National Forest boundary–Diamond Peak Wilderness, Mt. Jefferson Wilderness, Mt. Thielsen Wilderness, Mt. Washington Wilderness and Three Sisters Wilderness. Each wilderness offers visitors a unique experience; from sweeping summit views to alpine lakes, these areas provide the perfect backdrop for a day hike or backpacking trip.

Three scenic byways wind through the Forest–Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway, McKenzie Pass-Santiam Pass Scenic Byway and the Outback Scenic Byway. The Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway heads west out of Bend, winds up past Mt. Bachelor before depositing visitors at the base of South Sister and Broken Top, as well as prodviding access to dozens of lakes.

The McKenzie Pass-Santiam Pass Scenic Byway leaves Sisters, before climbing two passes and carveing through 82 miles of wide-open lava fields interspersed among desnse forest canopy. The Outback Scenic Byway stretches through the southeastern portion of Central Oregon, covering 171 miles of geologic wonder.

Deschutes National Forest Interactive Map

Hiking Trails

370/380 Junction Trailhead | Deer Lake Trailhead | North Wickiup Boating Site | Quinn River Boating Site | Sheep Bridge Boating Site | Trapper Creek Boat Launch | Suttle Lake Day Use Area | Road 25 OHV Staging Area | Swamp Wells Horse Camp | South Lava OHV Staging Area | Todd Lake Day Use Area/Trailhead | 370/4601 Junction Trailhead | Aspen Day Use Area | Big Eddy Trailhead | Horse Butte Trailhead | Lava Cast Forest Day Use Interpretive Site | Meadow Day Use Area | Paulina Peak Trailhead | Cascade Lakes Welcome Station | Whychus Creek Scenic Overlook Trailhead | Crescent Lake Guard Station