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Fremont-Winema National Forest, OREGON
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Beautiful and great fishing

We spent Memorial Day 2018 at this reservoir and it was gorgeous. It’s dry camping, but there are a couple outhouses provided. The area where we were camped did not have an outhouse, despite having campsites. This is why I only gave it 4 stars. If there are campsites, why no outhouse? If you don’t have a trailer with a bathroom, you have to go to another area to use the outhouse. Other than that, the area is beautiful. I loved to watch the pelicans, and the fishing was great. There were people who had camped at a different nearby reservoir who came to Holbrook to fish. The fishing was really good and both of my kids caught their first fish during this trip.

WHAT a beautiful place!

Took the kids camping here for the first time tent camping and we had a blast. Albeit a bit dusty and rustic, we couldn’t believe how beautiful the lake view was from atop the trailheads and how spectacular the views of the pinnacle rocks were on drive down towards the lake. The campground is clean, well kept and there is bear proof boxes to keep them hybrids of your things which was reassuring and helpful. We will definitely be returning.

Most Affordable NPS Campground Ever!

It was only $5 a night to stay here! Granted there was no running water and the only toilets were plastic portable ones but to camp in the incredible Crater Lake National Park that felt like a steal! Lost Creek is tent camping only and there are no fires allowed. There's only a handful of sites that were almost full by later afternoon. The sites are separated by low brush that doesn't provide too much privacy but also keeps the campground from feeling crowded. It's a quiet campground about 3 miles from the Rim Road. Another 4 miles down the road is are the Pinnacles, super cool formations left behind when the volcano erupted 7,700 years ago.

I visited mid-September and it was very chilly in the evening and early morning when the sun was behind the mountains. I woke up to a solid layer of frost and ice in all my water. There is water available throughout the park but campers are encouraged to bring their own form outside Crater Lake so as not to put pressure on the watershed.

HIGHLY RECOMMEND taking one of the ranger led sunset hikes up Watchman Peak. Or, if learning about history and nature along the way isn't your thing, walking up to the peak alone.

small campground

despite how small it is, this isn't too shabby of a spot. only restrooms and fire pits so be ok with not showering or having running water. some excellent spots in crooked creek for rainbow trout

Very small. Mainly day use for nearby fishing.

This roadside state park is very small and has a couple of small pull off areas where you can camp. This park appears mainly to be for day use and stop offs. There is fishing and boating access up a trail on the east side of the park.

Restrooms and picnic tables are the only amenities.

full hook ups and by the river

this campground has all the necessities . a laundry spot, playground, full hookups, boat ramp, etc. Seems like it caters more specifically to RVs and is close to hwy 97. It is a really clean well maintained spot. This campground is also right by the river which is really pretty.

Neat park with museum

Really nice park off of hwy 97. It has a neat museum and the facilities were clean. There is a neat clear creek is just down the road and has trails to explore. There were people kayaking on the creek. Lots of places available to park and it was a little crowded but still a nice park.

campground not open

this campground was closed. it looked like it had nice corrals for horses but the sign said closed and no one was around when we stopped by

spacious clean campground

nice well kept campground. This campground is a couple miles of dirt road off of hwy 97. The camp host was very helpful and nice. He explained to us where good spots to put our kayaks in. I saw two water spouts and there are bathrooms. The campgrounds are dispersed and it was not crowded when I was there. A little hot and dusty but that’s camping at times.

private simple campground

Very nice,quiet, clean, and simple campground. plenty of available spots I’ve been out here twice and still haven’t seen another camper. Pit toilet available but no hookups. There is a neat little creek right by the campsites. It’s a little ways off the main road and feels a bit secluded.

beautiful spring/creek

This campground is one of my favorites and is home to a beautiful crystal clear natural spring. It is well maintained, clean, and has picnic tables. It looked like there are stables available. We went kayaking and it was a nice calm gorgeous spot. Perfect spot for a campground.

Clean, quiet campground - beware chipmunks

We felt our campsite was plenty big enough for our 30 ft. trailer, chairs, dog, and equipment. The chipmunks are everywhere and will steal food. Our dog was quite annoyed.

Follow the walking trail to the logging museum. Logging equipment, buildings, train cars (all outdoors) with guided tours and a gift shop. The nearby river is small and beautiful.

Yikes!

Ended up not staying when placed right next to a large dog on a table that was growling at us. Campground is behind a motel, nothing special, just flat spots.

Great State Park!

This campground is beautiful! Walking distance to the river and logging museum. Logging museum is huge and worth a visit. River is clear and beautiful. Sites are clean and nice. Tent and RV sires available. Beware of the Chipmunks! They are everywhere and for some reason people life the goods to protect their cars. Some spaces can be tricky for large RVs.

Great campground in the middle of the city

Want to be close to town for a night. This KOA is well kept, has a small store, gas station and propane. Also offers a clean pool and restroom. Camp sites are nice wirh green grass. There are also tent camping and cabins for rent. Be aware of midges, found by the water in these parts of Oregon (koa is by a canal). They don't bite, but are annoying and look like a mosquito. This KOA is close to stores, to refill groceries, restaurants and the Amazing Crater Lake and Lava beds National Parks.

Don’t expect much more than a peaceful night!

Stayed in the lower campsites. Pit toilets available but no other facilities. Very dusty, bumpy road. Not many sites available however it was very peaceful. Lots of mosquitoes. Close to Crater Lake boundary. 15 minutes to park entry, camp store, gift shop, restaurant, dump station.

crater lake

just breathtaking. One of our natural wonders of the world

Too CROWDED!

Extremely pricey, tent sites are entirely too close together to be comfortable.

Nice State Park 30 Miles from Crater Lake

Collier State Park is a typically nice Oregon State park, with the benefit that there's often spaces open only a few days out that you can book online and just 30 miles from Crater Lake. There's enough to keep kids busy for a day or so, including the free logging museum across the road. Clean bathrooms and showers and tons of rangers/employees getting sites ready, picking up litter etc. Prices were great, just $19 for tent sites and $29 for a full RV hook-up, including a few pull-through spots, plus flush toilets and showers. On our recent road trip in a 32-foot RV, this was probably the best deal of anywhere we went. For a state park, though, spots were right on top of each other, with very little in terms of privacy.

Pros:

  • Nice, well maintained facilities
  • Good deal, especially for RVs with hook-ups.

Cons:

  • Spots felt very crowded and on top of each other.
  • Horrible mosquitoes kept us inside the RV in the evening.
A Tale of Two Campsites: Cheaper Forest Campground Near Crater Lake

Just off Highway 97, about 30 miles from the entrance to Crater Lake National Park, you'll come to a wooden sign pointing to two campgrounds. To the right is Collier Memorial State Park, and if you want flush toilets, showers and/or RV hook-ups, that's where you should head. But if you want to pay just $10 and travel 1.5 miles on a gravel road for much larger sites with less facilities, turn left to Williamson River Campground for a great deal.

On Forest Service land, Williamson River has 20 spots well-spaced-out, including at least two pull-throughs. There's a camp host right in the front, a self-service kiosk, and we were able to pull up and grab a spot with no notice in July for a 32-foot RV. There's several water spickets throughout, two pit-toilets that weren't too gross, a day-use area, a short trail down the the Williamson River and a 1.3-mile trail that hooks up with Collier Campground. I'm not sure if there's a per-person or car limit per site, but several of the spaces had 2-3 trailers and several families, so could be a really great deal at $10 plus $4 per extra vehicle for what's essentially a "group" site.

Pros:

  • Beautiful country
  • Large spaces
  • Just $10

Cons:

  • Mosquitoes!!!! They were everywhere, especially at dusk.
  • No flush toilets or showers.

Tips:

  • If you need an RV dump site, head over to Collier, where there's a dump site and water hook-up for free/donation.
  • The logging museum back on highway 97 is worth a visit.
The sites on the creek look fantastic

First of all, let me be up front and say that I did not actually camp here; I camped at Mazama next door. Officially, Lost Creek was closed when I visited in June and I thought it was a great opportunity to snap some photos to add to Dyrt—because I am actually super excited about a one spot go to for camping info.

I believe Mazama is the only reservable campground at Crater Lake, making Lost Creek first-come first-serve when open. There is a creek that runs through the campground, but it’s hard to see at first glance. Sites, like number 5, are creekside (whIch is really neat). The campground has what appears to be plumbed bathrooms when open. The privacy in the central, rather than perimeter sites, is more limited here due to the nature of the forest environment as opposed to the spacing of the sites themselves. Lost Creek is as far from the rim as is Mazama. However, it’s a solid drive down the road from both Mazama and Rim Villages. This may be just what is wanted to get away from the busy-ness of the villages.

Both villages have restaurants, visitor centers, and gift shops. Mazama village also has a payphone, a small laundromat, showers and a camp store with limited grocery goods. Check out my Mazama review to learn more about the services in the village, including photos.

All in all, Lost Creek campground seems as tucked away as the creek. It is down a long dead end road that only serves a waterfall trailhead, the campground, and the pinnacles.

Peaceful

Very well maintained camp, with friendly helpful host! Even with a spot very near the restrooms it was rather quiet and peaceful. Showers were nice and hot and the shower area and bathroom provided a plug which was nice to quickly blow dry my hair. The logging museum was a pretty walk across the river and very interesting. At &T phone service was spotty, though enough to keep in contact with loved ones and for emergencies. Stayed only one night, tent camping.

Nice Classic Oregon State Park

Nice classic Oregon state park with all the requisite facilities of electric hook-ups, RV dump station, ranger programs. Amphitheater and showers. Camp sites a little on top of each other, especially in comparison to the nearby Williamson River Campground, but still a very nice and popular camp site near Crater Lake and Klamath Falls.

Across the highway there's the "Collier State Park Logging Museum" which we didn't get a chance to get to but looked like a lot of fun.

Beautiful, Cheap, and Near Crater Lake

Beautiful Ponderosa pine setting. Very nice uncrowded site with access to the more famous Collier State park nearby via hike or drive. Super cheap National Forest service land ($10 per night). Pit toilets, fire pits, picnic tables. Wonderful alternative to the Collier State Park next door.

Great location as it's near the doorstep to Crater Lake National Park. Also not very far away from Klamath Falls.

Very nice

One of the nicest campground we have stayed at. The bathrooms were beautiful and very clean. The whole campground was very clean. They had a nice laundry room too. My daughter liked the little playground and caseing the groundhogs around their hill.

Wanted to love it

Pristine water! It is one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen. I love how primitive and small the campground is, and it would have been perfect but we set up camp and then noticed a massive, fresh bear scat about 15 feet away from our tent. Ok, not the end of the world. Then other campers came by to warn us there was an active bear who destroyed their food and gear the previous night. Ok, not great. We decided to stick it until said bear showed up at dinner time and had ZERO fear of us. He was willing to get way too close after several attempts to chase him off. He wasn't afraid of anything. Not our car horn, not banging pots and pans, not me aggressively yelling and clapping at him. We tried for close too an hour to chase him out of camp but to no avail. We had a toddler and weren't willing to stick around to see how much more friendly he could be. My problem with this campground is the lack of proper bear boxes and trash cans. Clearly, the bears realize it's easy pickings here and all they have to do is rummage through people's gear to find an easy food source. It's not good for the bears. I'm an avid camper and have had bear experiences before but this bear was entirely too comfortable with humans. I hope this park makes it safer for the bears and campers by providing proper food and garbage storage units. I plan on coming back though. The water was so amazing. And pack the bug spray. The mosquitos were more aggressive than the bear.

Tucked Away and Serene

Day 2 - Pacific North Quest (Crater Lake) 🏞

After sleeping in our cars at the bottom of Lassen Peak, we were excited to find this tucked away and relaxing spot just off of the road before Crater Lake.

The campgrounds is dotted with tall pine trees and sits next to a gorgeous river that comes out of the hillside just a short walk away. I’d imagine getting here early during peaks season would be key as there are only a handful of campsites. Early in the season however, it was uncrowded and an easy jump off point for our afternoon/evening ski mission to hike into and ski The Watchman Crater Lake.

Check out the three other campgrounds we visited (Prairie Campground, Smith Rock State Park, and Trillium Lake), on our Pacific North Quest summer ski touring trip and download the Snowledge App to see some incredible photos, along with touring stats and maps from each mission.

Campbell lake

Not a very big fan of this campground. Dead forest, so no shade. Very small.

Deadhorse Lake

we really liked it, except for the dead forest. That made it kind of uncomfortable in the heat of summer. Brings tarps for shade.

Hidden Gem

Perfect little spot off the main road. not many sites but plenty of parking