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Established Camping

Lava Lake Campground

17 Reviews


USDA Forest Service

Deschutes National Forest


Lava Lake Campground is located along the Cascade Lakes National Scenic Byway within the heart of Central Oregon's Cascade Range.


Lava Lake Campground offers access to hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, fishing and scenic driving.


This waterfront campground features 44 sites some of which are designated as tent-only while others provide space for small RV's and trailers.Lava Lake Campground also has a day use area and boat ramp.

Natural Features

Lava Lake is located on the eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountain Range at an elevation of 4,740 feet surrounded by mature pine forests with bull rushes and lava outcroppings lining its shores..

Nearby Attractions

Visitors can explore wilderness areas, wild and scenic rivers, lakes and reservoirs and approximately 1,600 miles of trails within the Deschutes National Forest. 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.Visitors will also enjoy traveling the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway which climbs into the Cascades from Central Oregon's high desert valley over a 66-mile drive weaving through snow-capped peaks and alongside alpine lakes.

Charges & Cancellations

Once your reservation start date has begun, neither the Recreation.gov Contact Center nor the campground manager will be able to modify your reservation.

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  • Drive-In
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  • Walk-In
    Park in a lot, walk to your site.
  • Boat-In
    Sites accessible by watercraft.

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  • Verizon
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Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • RV Sites
  • Standard (Tent/RV)


For Campers

  • Trash
  • Firewood Available
  • Phone Service
  • Drinking Water
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol
  • Pets
  • Fires

For Vehicles

  • Sanitary Dump
  • Pull-Through Sites
  • Big Rig Friendly

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17 Reviews

Jody O.
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2022

Great high mountain stay

Lava Lake is not for those that glamp. It’s real camping with dirt, pitch, dust and bugs - and it’s pretty cool. There are several lakes to paddle on, many trails to hike and conveniently located not to far from Sun River.

We stayed in site 35, which is a back in. The site was easy to get into and level. Privacy was about a 5 out of 10 only because there is a walking path next to the site.

Days can get hot and nights can get cold - pack accordingly.

The fire rings in my opinion appear to be on good shape, but the picnic tables were worn; exposed legs and checks may get a splinter or two :(

Camp host was friendly but didn’t hover. Bathrooms were clean and dumpsters were not over flowing (dumped regularly it appeared).

We used solar panels to charge the trailer batteries and had no issues.

Month of VisitOctober
  • Review photo of Lava Lake Campground by Jody O., September 13, 2022
  • Review photo of Lava Lake Campground by Jody O., September 13, 2022
  • Review photo of Lava Lake Campground by Jody O., September 13, 2022
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Reviewed Aug. 2, 2021

Beautiful views!

We camped at Lava Lake for 4 nights. The campsite is small, which was nice. I think there are about 40 sites total. The lake was so beautiful, with nice views of sisters and bachelor. The Lava Lake store rocked too. Open 7 - 7 and they have everything and anything you could need. They also rent fishing boats and paddle boards. The only bummer is that the lake has quite a bit of algae. We were still able to to enjoy paddle boarding but it wasn’t a great swimming lake.

Site8, 10 and 13
Month of VisitAugust
Bill T.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2021

Simple, quiet lakeside campground

There seems to be some confusion or mixing of campgrounds in the Dyrt reviews.  There are only two campgrounds at Lava Lake and one at Little Lava Lake which is right next door.  

I did not see any dispersed campsites. However, there is a private campground run by the Lava Lake Resort and you can only make reservations there by phone (541-382-9443).  Their campground is the only one with full hookups, power, water and sewer.  This is also the only dump site in the area and costs $10.  They also have propane, gasoline, showers and a small camp store.

The NFS Lava Lake Campground has nicely spaced sites, but not large parking areas.  They only have 2 or 3 drinking water sources and because they are not threaded you will need a bucket or 'Water Bandit' to fill you fresh water tank.  I saw only 1 or 2 places tent campers could dump their dishwater.  There are no showers, but the vault toilets were exceptionally clean, odorless and well stocked with TP.  We were able to get 1-3 bars on our Verizon phones that took a while to eventually send photos.

We were there mid June, 2021, and the mosquitoes were moderate, but well controlled with repellant.  The lake had a toxic algae bloom and was closed to swimming and pets.  What we really enjoyed were the many trails that were nearby along the Cascade Highway, like Blue Lagoon and Lucky Lake, non of which required advance reservations.

Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Lava Lake Campground by Bill T., July 2, 2021
  • Review photo of Lava Lake Campground by Bill T., July 2, 2021


Lava Lake Campground is located in Oregon

Detail location of campground


From Bend, travel 38.4 miles southwest on Cascade Lakes Hwy (46), then 1.0 miles east on Forest Road 4600 500.


Bend, OR 97701


43.915 N
121.7680556 W

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