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Top Equestrian Camping near Deschutes National Forest

Are you planning a trip to Deschutes National Forest with your horse? We've got you covered. Finding a place to stay in Oregon while traveling with your horse has never been easier. With our help, you'll find the best Oregon equestrian campsites from scenic to easily accessible.

Best Equestrian Camping Sites Near Deschutes National Forest, OR (22)

    Camper-submitted photo from North Waldo Lake
    Camper-submitted photo from North Waldo Lake
    Camper-submitted photo from North Waldo Lake
    Camper-submitted photo from North Waldo Lake
    Camper-submitted photo from North Waldo Lake
    Camper-submitted photo from North Waldo Lake

    1.

    North Waldo Lake

    12 Reviews
    40 Photos
    247 Saves
    Oakridge, Oregon

    Overview

    Waldo Lake is one of the largest natural lakes in Oregon. It offers a uniquely peaceful setting on the water and along remote shorelines, surrounded by forests of Douglas fir and mountain hemlock. Recreation in the area is abundant with the lake an ideal location for water activities like sailing, canoeing and swimming.

    Recreation

    Waldo Lake is circled by the Jim Weaver Loop, 20 miles of trail for hiking and biking. Bikes are allowed on the trails, but not in the nearby Waldo Lake Wilderness. There is also easy access to the Pacific Crest Trail and North Waldo is also a popular starting point for many wilderness trails and lakes, most notably the Rigdon, Wahanna and Torrey Lakes. There is a 1-mile Shoreline Trail between North Waldo Campground and Islet Campground which provides a short and pleasant hike along the lakeshore.

    Facilities

    North Waldo is the most popular of the Waldo Lake Campgrounds. There are 58 sites with fire rings and tables, 34 are reservable. The boat launch is somewhat deeper than the others on the lake, which is more accommodating for large sailboats. The drier environment supports fewer mosquitoes, but they are still plentiful in season. This facility is operated by American Land & Leisure. We appreciate hearing from you. Comment cards are available from campground hosts or online at www.americanll.com.

    Natural Features

    Situated high on the western slopes of the Oregon Cascades at 5,400 feet in elevation, Waldo Lake is one of the purest lakes in Oregon (9.8 square miles with a maximum depth of 427 feet). It has no permanent inlet to bring nutrients into the lake for plant growth. The lack of plant life contributes to its purity, allowing you to see to depths of 120 feet on a calm day.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group

    $27 - $40 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Big Lake
    Camper-submitted photo from Big Lake
    Camper-submitted photo from Big Lake
    Camper-submitted photo from Big Lake
    Camper-submitted photo from Big Lake
    Camper-submitted photo from Big Lake

    2.

    Big Lake

    14 Reviews
    34 Photos
    205 Saves
    Camp Sherman, Oregon

    Overview

    This campground provides 49 single campsites.__ There are both reservable and FCFS sites.__ The original campsites within Big Lake are in two loops, (sites #1-14 and #15-20) which have eight or so sites with frontage on the lake shore.__ In 1992 additional campsites were opened (sites #21-49) on a long straight stretch from the boat launch towards Big Lake West.__ These sites have larger and wider parking spurs, and most sites use stairs to access the table, fire rings and tent pad below the parking spur.__ Sites can accommodate trailers up to 35 feet in length, depending on site.__ Drinking water is provided by a water system, built in 1993, which serves the entire Big Lake complex by filtering water drawn from the lake and distributing it to the campgrounds.__ There are three single vault toilets, and two double vault toilets in the campground.__ The extra vehicle parking area consists of a boat launch, picnic area, and parking for approximately 15 vehicles and boat trailers.__ All of these day use facilities are located in the middle of the campground, between the original loops and the "expansion" campsites.____ Reservations may be made up to 6 months in advance of arrival date by reserving online at RECREATION.GOV or by calling 877-444-6777.

    Recreation

    Water skiing, sailing and swimming are among the favorite activities at the lake. The Patjens Lakes Trail offers excellent hiking opportunities. The trail follows the western side of Big Lake, heads south into the Mt. Washington Wilderness, passes alongside the scenic Patjens Lakes, and then loops back to the campground.

    Facilities

    Water skiing, sailing and swimming are among the favorite activities at the lake. The Patjens Lakes Trail offers excellent hiking opportunities. The trail follows the western side of Big Lake, heads south into the Mt. Washington Wilderness, passes alongside the scenic Patjens Lakes, and then loops back to the campground.

    Natural Features

    contact_info

    For facility specific information, please call (541) 967-3917.

    Nearby Attractions

    The major activities in the Big Lake area revolve around motorized use.__ Boats frequent the lake and off highway vehicles (OHVs) us the adjacent Santiam Pass Motorized Recreation Area.__ Other attractions include Mt. Washington Wilderness and associated access trails, historic Santiam__Wagon Road, McKenzie Pass-Santiam Pass National Scenic Byway, Pacific Crest Trail, and Sand Mountain Lookout. Water skiing, sailing and swimming are among the favorite activities at the lake. The Patjens Lakes Trail offers excellent hiking opportunities. The trail follows the western side of Big Lake, heads south into the Mt. Washington Wilderness, passes alongside the scenic Patjens Lakes, and then loops back to the campground.

    • Pets
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Equestrian

    $28 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Cultus Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Cultus Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Cultus Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Cultus Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Cultus Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Cultus Lake Campground

    3.

    Cultus Lake Campground

    7 Reviews
    16 Photos
    120 Saves
    Sunriver, Oregon

    Overview

    Cultus Lake is one of the few lakes along the Cascade Lakes National Scenic Byway that allows high speed motorized water craft. Cultus Lake Campground offers opportunities for waterskiing, windsurfing, swimming, sailing and jet skiing, as well as, access to trails leading into the Three Sisters Wilderness.

    Recreation

    Cultus Lake Campground offers opportunities for waterskiing, windsurfing, swimming, sailing and jet skiing, as well as, access to trails leading into the Three Sisters Wilderness. Campers have the option to launch their boat from a walk-in boat launch located within the campground or the more developed boat launch located within the day use area.

    Facilities

    Cultus Lake Campground offers opportunities for waterskiing, windsurfing, swimming, sailing and jet skiing, as well as, access to trails leading into the Three Sisters Wilderness. Campers have the option to launch their boat from a walk-in boat launch located within the campground or the more developed boat launch located within the day use area.

    Nearby Attractions

    Cultus Lake Campground is located on the shore of Cultus Lake just a few miles off the Cascade Lakes Highway. The campground offers visitors access to boating on Cultus Lake, hiking in the Three Sisters Wilderness and exploring the rich volcanic hisotry of Central Oregon's Cascades.

    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.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group

    $30 - $32 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Scott Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Scott Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Scott Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Scott Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Scott Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Scott Lake Campground

    4.

    Scott Lake Campground

    5 Reviews
    34 Photos
    375 Saves
    Mckenzie Bridge, Oregon

    Overview

    This location is available on a first-come, first-served basis only. Visitors are required to physically arrive at the campground to purchase and claim a site. Once on-site, you may be able to pay for your campsite(s) by scanning a QR code using the Recreation.gov mobile app, and the Scan and Pay feature. If this option is available, you will need to first download the free Recreation.gov mobile app https://www.recreation.gov/mobile-app prior to your arrival as some remote areas have limited or no cellular service.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Equestrian

    $5 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Bend / Sisters Garden RV Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Bend / Sisters Garden RV Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Bend / Sisters Garden RV Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Bend / Sisters Garden RV Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Bend / Sisters Garden RV Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Bend / Sisters Garden RV Resort

    5.

    Bend / Sisters Garden RV Resort

    14 Reviews
    53 Photos
    67 Saves
    Sisters, Oregon

    Escape to your home away from home at Bend/Sisters Garden RV Resort near Sisters, Oregon. Experience our luxury resort that features camping cabins and fully furnished cottages in addition to RV sites. Equipped with numerous amenities and outdoor recreation activities, our resort is the perfect destination for families and lovers of the great outdoors. In addition to the activities noted in our attractions section you may also enjoy the many other Events & Activities taking place around our resort.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $43 - $78 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Horse Creek Group Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Horse Creek Group Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Horse Creek Group Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Horse Creek Group Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Horse Creek Group Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Horse Creek Group Campground

    6.

    Horse Creek Group Campground

    1 Review
    8 Photos
    6 Saves
    Mckenzie Bridge, Oregon

    Overview

    Horse Creek Group Campground is located on the banks of Horse Creek. The rushing water and tall Douglas fir trees offer a cool, shady spot to enjoy the outdoors. A picnic area offers a great spot for grilling and group gatherings.

    Recreation

    Fishing in Horse Creek is an enjoyable pastime. The McKenzie River National Recreation Trailhead is nearby, offering fun-filled hiking and biking opportunities. The 26-mile trail boasts wonderful scenery along the river, and is an easy hike for all ages. There are also numerous developed boat launches that provide access to the McKenzie River.

    Facilities

    Fishing in Horse Creek is an enjoyable pastime. The McKenzie River National Recreation Trailhead is nearby, offering fun-filled hiking and biking opportunities. The 26-mile trail boasts wonderful scenery along the river, and is an easy hike for all ages. There are also numerous developed boat launches that provide access to the McKenzie River.

    Natural Features

    The campground sits along Horse Creek among Douglas fir and Western Red Cedar. The creek flows into the McKenzie River, a 90-mile tributary that transports snowmelt from the Cascade Range to the Willamette Valley. Set along the western slopes of the Cascade Mountains, gorgeous, lush mountain landscapes are found in every direction.

    Nearby Attractions

    Cougar Reservoir is about 10 miles southwest and boasts excellent boating opportunities.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Equestrian

    $75 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Driftwood Campground - Deschutes
    Camper-submitted photo from Driftwood Campground - Deschutes
    Camper-submitted photo from Driftwood Campground - Deschutes
    Camper-submitted photo from Driftwood Campground - Deschutes
    Camper-submitted photo from Driftwood Campground - Deschutes
    Camper-submitted photo from Driftwood Campground - Deschutes

    7.

    Driftwood Campground - Deschutes

    4 Reviews
    15 Photos
    29 Saves
    Sisters, Oregon

    Overview

    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.

    Recreation

    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.

    Facilities

    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.

    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.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Equestrian

    $19 - $21 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Three Creeks Meadow Horse Camp
    Camper-submitted photo from Three Creeks Meadow Horse Camp
    Camper-submitted photo from Three Creeks Meadow Horse Camp
    Camper-submitted photo from Three Creeks Meadow Horse Camp
    Camper-submitted photo from Three Creeks Meadow Horse Camp
    Camper-submitted photo from Three Creeks Meadow Horse Camp

    8.

    Three Creeks Meadow Horse Camp

    3 Reviews
    12 Photos
    12 Saves
    Sisters, Oregon

    Overview

    Three Creeks Meadow Horse Camp is one of four facilities located near Three Creeks Lake and the designated horse camp for the Three Creeks area. Located on the edge of a large meadow it provides campers with beautiful views of the nearby water and surrounding nature.

    Recreation

    Neighboring 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.

    Facilities

    Neighboring 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.

    Natural Features

    Named for the adjacent Three Creeks Lake, this campground is just a short drive from the water with wonderful views of lake and surrounding area. 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.

    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.

    • Fires
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Equestrian
    • Standard (Tent/RV)

    $19 - $21 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Harralson Horse Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Harralson Horse Campground

    9.

    Harralson Horse Campground

    1 Review
    2 Photos
    2 Saves
    Deschutes National Forest, Oregon

    Although located away from the lake, this small horse camp offers a quiet camping opportunity for equestrians away from the busy North Waldo and Islet Campgrounds. Ride opportunities include: * The Harralson Trail (#4364), which connects the camp with the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (#2000) * The Jim Weaver Loop (Waldo Lake Trail #3590), which connects with trails in the Waldo Lake and Three Sisters Wildernesses. Note that there no equestrian improvements (corrals and hitching posts), as well as no water on site, so plan your visit accordingly. Picnic tables and fire rings are available. Drinking water can be obtained at North Waldo Campground and horses can be watered near the campground off of the Waldo Lake Trail (#3590). Please note that stock is not allowed in any of the Waldo Lake developed camps. Harralson is a good staging area for those wanting to explore the trails in or around the Three Sisters and Waldo Lake Wilderness areas. The trail around Waldo Lake is another nice ride, but be aware that stock is not allowed in any of the Waldo Lake campgrounds.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Equestrian
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    Camper-submitted photo from Chipmunk Mountain Basecamp on Forest Road 4606

    10.

    Chipmunk Mountain Basecamp on Forest Road 4606

    1 Review
    1 Photo
    32 Saves
    Sisters, Oregon

    Many people enjoy the solitude and primitive experience of camping away from developed campgrounds and other campers. Dispersed camping is the term used for camping anywhere in the National Forest OUTSIDE of a designated campground. Dispersed camping means there are no toilets, no picnic tables, no trash cans, no treated water, and no fire grates. If you are dispersed camping in the winter, recognize that the Forest Service does not plow or maintain Forest Roads in the winter, so plan your trip accordingly.

    Typically, dispersed camping is NOT allowed in the vicinity of developed recreation areas such as campgrounds, boat ramps, picnic areas or trailheads. There are extra responsibilities and skills that are necessary for dispersed camping. It's your responsibility to know these before you try this new experience.

    Picking a Campsite If you are going to an area where others have camped before, pick a site that's been used before. Plants, soil and wildlife are impacted by new campsites, so using existing ones will minimize your impact on the forest. If there is no existing campsite, then follow these Leave No Trace guidelines:

    Camp on bare soil if possible, to avoid damaging or killing plants and grass. Do NOT camp within 200 feet of any water source, plants near water are especially fragile. Don't camp in the middle of a clearing or meadow. Make your campsite less visible so that other visitors will see a "wild" setting. Don't try to level or dig trenches in the ground at your campsite. Select a campsite with good natural drainage. Visit the Leave No Trace website for more information.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Equestrian
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