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Big Bend Campground

9 Reviews


Bureau of Land Management

Crooked Wild and Scenic River

Located south of Prineville, Oregon, this campground offers year-round camping and Crooked Wild and Scenic River access along the Lower Crooked Back Country Byway. Cooperatively managed in partnership with the Bureau of Reclamation and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, this campground's facilities include 13 campsites, one group use area and a day-use area with access to the Crooked Wild and Scenic River.

Know Before You Go:

Open year-round on a first-come, first-served basis. No reservations are accepted. Potable water is available during the warmer spring and summer months. Cell phone service is not available in the campground. Watch for bicyclists: the section of State Highway 27 between Prineville and Bowman Dam is designated as the Crooked River Canyon Scenic Bikeway.

Point of Interest:

Looming 240 feet above the campground, the mighty Arthur R. Bowman Dam retains the waters of the 3,030-acre Prineville Reservoir, a popular spot for fishing and other water-based activities. At 1.6 miles away from Big Bend Campground, the boat ramp at Powderhouse Cove provides the nearest reservoir access.

Fee Info

$8 per night; $2 per extra vehicle (tow vehicles excluded) with a maximum of two vehicles allowed per site. Group-use site is $16 per night.

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9 Reviews

Camden P.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2023

Couple Night Stay on the River

Great campsite, camping right on the river was beautiful. Pretty quiet but a lot of day use traffic from fly fishers.

SiteSite 13
Month of VisitOctober
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Emily T.
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2023

Feels very remote, close drive to the main boat access area

about 8-10 sites right on the river nestled in the canyon. Perfect for fishing access. Pit toilet and water spickets. Rangers patrol it about 2 times a day.

Month of VisitSeptember
Bill T.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed May. 29, 2022

Riverside rest

This is the first campground after descending from the Prineville Reservoir.  It is the only campground of the several along this section of the Crooked River with a campground host and water.  The water came from a hand pump, something you cannot use to fill and RV as it spurts and sputters like any well pump and you cannot fit a hose to the wide nozzle.  There are two water faucets in the campground, but during my visit before Memorial Day, they were not working.  The best place to get potable water and dump is the Crook County RV Park just 20 minutes down the road on the outskirts of Prineville.  Very nice site, dump fee $10 by credit card, potable water $5 (free with dump).  One of the few dump sites with a threaded hose allowing my to use my black tank flush.

Verizon service rare to none.

Month of VisitJune


Big Bend Campground is located in Oregon

Detail location of campground


From Prineville, Oregon: Drive 19.2 miles south on State Highway 27; the campground will be on your right.


Prineville District Office 3050 NE 3rd Street
Prineville, OR 97754


44.11304 N
120.793586 W

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