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Driftwood Campground - Deschutes

4 Reviews


USDA Forest Service

Deschutes National Forest


Driftwood Campground is the first of four facilities located on Three Creeks Lake and provides campers with beautiful views of the water and surrounding nature.


Driftwood Campground is at the head of the Tam McArthur Trail which is a short, reasonably easy hike that provides great views of the Sisters - Faith (North), Hope (Middle) and Charity (South). The Three Sisters are volcanic peaks and are the third-, fourth- and fifth-highest peaks in Oregon. Three Creeks Lake is easy to fish from shore or by wading, but boat fishing is the most popular method. Only non-motorized boating is allowed.


Driftwood Campground can accommodate tent only. This is a no water facility so campers will need to bring their own supply. All sites are equipped with a picnic table and campfire ring with grill and the campground has vault toilets available.

Natural Features

All sites in this campground fall on the lakeside providing campers with wonderful views of adjacent Three Creeks Lake. Located in a glacial cirque below Tam McArthur Rim, the lake is 28-acre alpine gem with an elevation of 6,550 ft. surrounded by old growth forest. The outlet stream from the lake flows northward and is joined by two other streams to form Three Creek. The shoreline of Three Creek Lake varies from gentle slope to rocky cliff. Maximum depth is 28 feet down the center and near the cliff on the south end of the lake.

Nearby Attractions

The close proximity to the town of Sisters offers many additional amenities and attractions, as well as the nearby Tam McArthur Trail and Sisters Wilderness Trails. Visitors can explore wilderness areas, rivers, lakes and reservoirs, and approximately 1,600 miles of trails that comprise nearly 2.5 million acres within the Deschutes National Forest and the adjacent Ochoco National Forest. Many enjoy traveling the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway, known as Oregon's Highway in the Sky, which climbs into the clouds on a 66-mile drive through the Cascade Range, weaving past snow-capped peaks and alpine lakes. To the north the Camp Sherman Fish Viewing Platform allows visitors the chance to view a variety of types of fish while the Metolius Research Natural Area gives bird watchers ample opportunities. Visit the Metolius Fish Hatchery or Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery display ponds to observe and feed different types of salmon and other fish. The Metolius-Windigo Trail, open to hikers, bikers and horses, is more than 100 miles in length and begins near the Metolius River headwaters west of the town of Sisters, Oregon. The trail was created in the 1980s primarily to serve long-distance horse riders seeking an alternative to the Pacific Crest Trail. Lava Lands Visitor Center in nearby Bend, Oregon, and the unique geological landscape of Newberry National Volcanic Monument draw visitors to the region as well. It is a great starting point for visitors to learn about the diverse landscape and history of the area through interpretive programs and exhibits. Visitors can also explore the Lava River Cave, located in the Newberry National Volcanic Monument. At 5,211 feet in length, the northwest section of the cave is the longest continuous lava tube in Oregon.

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4 Reviews

aaron S.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2023

Private sites with kid friendly lake.

The site we stayed had had plenty of privacy and lake front access. The lake is very shallow so it was kid friendly.

Month of VisitSeptember
Daisee Mae S.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2022


I have written a review on Three Creek Lake Campground that tells all about the road. The road to this camp site is just as bad if not worse. Take it slow if you have a big rig or don’t have 4 wheel drive.

This camp was more spacious than the one across the lake, and yes you get to have fires (at designated spots only). No fee, no water, no trash, and no electricity.

The bathrooms on this side of the lake didn’t make me gag and are very well stocked.

We went on a hike on Driftwood Trail (which is NOT marked). It’s the only way you can get out to Little Three Creek Lake. It was well worth it and the trail is wide and easy to follow.

Fire rangers drive around about twice daily, and Forest rangers about 5 to 6 times daily.

This side of the lake definitely has a lot more options of hiking and fishing. The lake is deeper and easier to bank fish.

It was around the 15th of the month when we decided to leave because frost was setting in, or we would have stayed a bit longer. I love this place and would definitely come back, but with a vehicle equipped for the road.

Month of VisitOctober
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Reviewed Aug. 30, 2021

Family favorite

This spot has been a family favorite for years. There is little to no cell service in the area which is actually nice. No motors on the lake and it is just a nice change of pace. It’s not overly cozy or glamorous so if that’s what you want this isn’t your spot.

Month of VisitSeptember


Driftwood Campground - Deschutes is located in Oregon

Detail location of campground


From Sisters, OR: Travel about 16 miles south on Forest Road 16 (Elm Street in Sisters).


P.O. BOX 249
Sisters, OR 97759


44.1008361 N
121.6304 W

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