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Places to Camp near Mitchell, OR

Mitchell, OR is a great camping destination for adventurers of all types. Mitchell is filled with the activities, sights, and experiences to make everyone in your crew a happy camper. Find the best campgrounds near Mitchell, OR. Read helpful reviews and tips to find the perfect camping option for you and your crew.

Best Camping Sites Near Mitchell, OR (105)

    Camper-submitted photo from BLM John Day River - Priest Hole
    Camper-submitted photo from BLM John Day River - Priest Hole
    Camper-submitted photo from BLM John Day River - Priest Hole
    Camper-submitted photo from BLM John Day River - Priest Hole
    Camper-submitted photo from BLM John Day River - Priest Hole
    Camper-submitted photo from BLM John Day River - Priest Hole

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    BLM John Day River - Priest Hole

    20 Reviews
    69 Photos
    277 Saves
    Mitchell, Oregon

    For a rustic overnight stay deep in eastern Oregon, let your tires roll past the Painted Hills-one of Oregon’s Seven Wonders-and drive deep into John Day River Territory to the Priest Hole Recreation Site. Although primitive, camping here lands you in the middle of the Wild and Scenic John Day River, designated for scenery, recreation, fish, wildlife, and geologic values. Camping is allowed everywhere, including on the gravel bar northeast of Priest Hole, where you sleep to the gurgle of the river and stepping out of your tent or trailer lands your foot in the water. Know Before You Go: Open YEAR ROUND but the rough road can make access difficult in winter. ACCESSIBILITY is primitive and not easily accessible for people with disabilities. NO FEES for camping or floating the one-mile section around Priest Hole. There is one toilet; NO potable water, trash cans or campsite amenities. PETS ARE ALLOWED under owner control. Watch for rattlesnakes. HUNTING/FISHING LICENSES ARE REQUIRED. Fire restrictions run June 1 – September 30 (liquid gas or propane only). Point of Interest: Priest Hole is a local favorite for fishing and swimming. Stopping here is a natural part of a visit to the Painted Hills, Sutton Mountain Back Country Byway and eastern Oregon! Priest Hole Brochure Explore Oregon Recreation: Priest Hole ADA Access: Priest Hole Recreation Site is primitive and not easily accessible for people with disabilities.

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    Camper-submitted photo from Painted Hills Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Painted Hills Dispersed
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    Camper-submitted photo from Painted Hills Dispersed
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    Camper-submitted photo from Painted Hills Dispersed

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    Painted Hills Dispersed

    13 Reviews
    86 Photos
    680 Saves
    Mitchell, Oregon

    Dispersed camping is allowed on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Forest Service (USFS) lands without a permit, but it is recommended that campers obtain a map that shows current property boundaries. Please contact the BLM , (541) 573-4400 or (541) 416-6700, or the USFS, (541) 575-3000 or (541) 416-6500, for more information.

    While camping is not allowed within the three units of the monument, there are many nearby campgrounds. Some have full service amenities, some are quiet and remote, some are in the forest, and some are right on the John Day River.

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    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    Camper-submitted photo from Ochoco Divide Group Site
    Camper-submitted photo from Ochoco Divide Group Site
    Camper-submitted photo from Ochoco Divide Group Site
    Camper-submitted photo from Ochoco Divide Group Site
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    Ochoco Divide Group Site

    11 Reviews
    43 Photos
    50 Saves
    Mitchell, Oregon

    Overview

    The Ochoco Divide Group Site is a convenient place to camp while traveling across scenic State Highway 26 by bicycle or car. Resting at the top of the Ochoco Divide at an elevation of 4,700 ft., the group site is set on a hill away from the road as an extension of the general campground. Summertime in the Ochoco National Forest brings pleasant temperatures; the campground is closed during winter.

    Recreation

    The group site of the Ochoco Divide Campground is mainly used by touring cyclists. It is also a good place to take a relaxing stroll through the woods. There are opportunities for hunting, mountain biking and hiking in the national forest surrounding the facility. Several trailheads begin at the Bandit Springs rest stop about one mile from the campground on Highway 26.

    Facilities

    The group site of the Ochoco Divide Campground is mainly used by touring cyclists. It is also a good place to take a relaxing stroll through the woods. There are opportunities for hunting, mountain biking and hiking in the national forest surrounding the facility. Several trailheads begin at the Bandit Springs rest stop about one mile from the campground on Highway 26.

    Natural Features

    The scenery surrounding the campground alternates between thick Ponderosa pine forests and grassy meadows, though shortly beyond the campground the road descends into lower-elevation, arid canyon lands. One of the most unique geologic features of the Ochoco National Forest is the 'thunder egg,' Oregon's official state rock. Thunder eggs are small, colorful, round volcanic rocks similar to geodes that have been exposed over time. The U.S. Forest Service has designated specific sites for rock hounding.

    Nearby Attractions

    John Day Fossil Beds National Monument is less than an hour away. Hike amongst the Painted Hills and famed fossils, take a journey through time at the museum at Sheep Rock or picnic beneath the beautiful mountain scenery. John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

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    • Group

    $50 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Barnhouse Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Barnhouse Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Barnhouse Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Barnhouse Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Barnhouse Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Barnhouse Campground

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    Barnhouse Campground

    8 Reviews
    11 Photos
    132 Saves
    Mitchell, Oregon

    This campground is surprisingly quiet and serene as it sits nestled among some large ponderosa pine trees just a few miles from the main highway. It also hosts the trailhead for Barnhouse Trail (#813) located in the northwest corner of the campground.

    Coyotes and owls can be heard most summer evenings and occasionally local ranchers will graze their cattle nearby, which can make for some interesting serenades in the evening hours.

    Size & number of trailer sites are limited (no dump station). No RV's over 25 feet. There is a 14 day stay limit on all National Grassland and US Forest Service land including but not limited to campgrounds and other developed facilities.

    This campground has 6 campsites that each have a picnic table and combination fire pit/grill. Parking spurs vary in size so any site can accommodate tent camping, but some may not be able to accommodate RV camping.

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    Camper-submitted photo from Walton Lake
    Camper-submitted photo from Walton Lake
    Camper-submitted photo from Walton Lake
    Camper-submitted photo from Walton Lake
    Camper-submitted photo from Walton Lake
    Camper-submitted photo from Walton Lake

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    Walton Lake

    8 Reviews
    51 Photos
    84 Saves
    Mitchell, Oregon

    Overview

    Walton Lake Campground may be the best-known location in the Ochoco National Forest, offering a serene setting among old-growth Ponderosa pine and mountain meadows. Most sites offer sweeping lake views.

    Recreation

    Visitors can choose to spend their vacation relaxing by fishing on the shore of Walton Lake, or swimming and paddling in the water. There is a swimming beach, fishing pier and boat ramp for small self powered craft, and the lake is stocked with rainbow trout.There are also many trails nearby for those who would like to explore on foot or mountain bike. This includes the 7.5-mile multi-use Round Mountain Trail as well as the 1-mile Walton Lake Trail, which offers many scenic views around the lake.

    Facilities

    There are paved parking spurs, picnic tables and fire rings with grills at each single site. The campistes resiside on the South Side best for large RV's while the North side is best for car and tent camping. Vault toilets are available in both sections of the camp, and a solar powered water pump for drinking water is located in the south shore section. Look for water signs to guide you located near the entrance. There are two group sites that have three tables and a fire ring at each. These sites can accommodate three to four RVs, and there are several tent pitching spots available.There are accessible accomodating campsites and vault toilets in the south shore section of the camp though everyone is welcome to rent them.__

    Natural Features

    Walton Lake is a blue sparkling jewel hidden within the dense forest. A small dam impounds spring-fed water that seeps from surrounding sloped meadows. Fishing is a favorite activity while hiking is very popular as is simply enjoying a picnic at the lake.Aspen and tall willows add habitat diversity to make this place especially attractive to wildlife. This is a place to find white-headed woodpecker, belted kingfisher, spotted sandpiper, cinnamon teal, American coot, Steller's jay, yellow-headed blackbird and Brewer's blackbird.

    Nearby Attractions

    For visitors seeking a bit of civilization, the city of Prineville is nearby. There are opportunities to shop, dine out, golf, attend events and visit the localmuseum. For those wanting to explore the Ochoco National Forest, Lookout Mt and Round Mt are great places to hike and Mt bike. Wild flowers are abundant at the Big Summit Prairie where occasional antelope, elk and deer are sometimes seen.__

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    • Standard (Tent/RV)

    $60 - $100 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Mitchell City Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Mitchell City Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Mitchell City Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Mitchell City Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Mitchell City Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Mitchell City Park

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    Mitchell City Park

    6 Reviews
    23 Photos
    12 Saves
    Mitchell, Oregon
    • Electric Hookups
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    • Trash
    • Picnic Table
    • Drinking Water
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    Spoke'n Hostel Creekside Camping

    3 Reviews
    3 Photos
    6 Saves
    Mitchell, Oregon

    This is part of the donation based hostel run as a ministry of the church it is housed in. In four years we have hosted 2250 guests. The suggested donation at the hostel is from $25-65 per bed depending on option. This camping area is newly cut from the wild to reveal a charming creekside at the base of basalt rock cliffs. We have two summer teepee style Wentzel tents on site for a suggested donation of $25 a night They sleep two comfortable and three cozy. Five hammock poles some with lounging hammocks installed on a few. It is a work in progress but lovely, protected from harsh sun and faces the sunset.

    Kitchen, shower with towels, soap, shampoo and laundry options are included. Pets upon approval. They must be socialized, stay with you at all times and must sleep inside your tent or car. We love pets and have three of our own but we must encourage a friendly place for all. Barker's or lunger's will be asked to leave for the comfort of other guests.

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    • Reservable
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    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    • Market
    Camper-submitted photo from Prineville Reservoir Campground — Prineville Reservoir State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Prineville Reservoir Campground — Prineville Reservoir State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Prineville Reservoir Campground — Prineville Reservoir State Park
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    Camper-submitted photo from Prineville Reservoir Campground — Prineville Reservoir State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Prineville Reservoir Campground — Prineville Reservoir State Park

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    Prineville Reservoir Campground — Prineville Reservoir State Park

    25 Reviews
    56 Photos
    121 Saves
    Prineville, Oregon

    Located partway along the Crooked River’s 125-mile journey from the Ochoco Mountains to its confluence with the Deschutes River, the Prineville Reservoir is a vast blue pool filling a colorful canyon of volcanic rock, sagebrush and juniper. The reservoir was created in the 1960s with the construction of the Bowman Dam. The state park was established shortly after to provide campers, anglers and water lovers an opportunity to enjoy the natural area—and a chance to beat Central Oregon’s summer heat. The park lies adjacent to the Prineville Reservoir Wildlife Area, which preserves the habitat of a wide variety of mammals, waterfowl, songbirds and raptors.

    Prineville Reservoir State Park is located just 15 miles south of the town of Prineville, and 50 miles east of Bend. The park’s Main Campground features 67 sites, including full- and partial-hookup RV sites and primitive tent sites. The Jasper Point Campground features 28 partial-hookup sites. Both locations provide drinking water, flush and vault toilets, hot showers, and recycling stations; a dump station is located at the Jasper Point site. There are also a few camping cabins for rent. The park hosts interpretive programs at an outdoor amphitheater, and onsite amenities include sports courts, hiking trails, a dog park, and a fishing pier. The park host sells ice and firewood. Dogs are welcome, but must remain leashed. Seasonal campsites are $21–$33/night; cabins are $89–$99/night; reservations recommended.

    For enjoying some on-the-water fun time, boaters can launch watercraft from the ramp at the day-use area, which has plenty of parking for vehicles and trailers. Nearby, sunbathers and swimmers can enjoy some beach time at the designated swim area. Picnic tables are available for packing lunches and refreshments to enjoy by the water. For paddling around the shoreline, kayaks and SUPs can be put in from either the boat launch or the beach. Anglers can cast for trout, catfish, bass and black crappie, then take their catches back and prep them for dinner at the park’s fish cleaning station. Another boat ramp, beach and parking area is located west of the state park at Powder House Cove, near the Bowman Dam.

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    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $37 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Burnt Ranch Road/Bridge Creek (Painted Hills)
    Camper-submitted photo from Burnt Ranch Road/Bridge Creek (Painted Hills)
    Camper-submitted photo from Burnt Ranch Road/Bridge Creek (Painted Hills)
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    Skull Hollow Campground

    33 Reviews
    46 Photos
    245 Saves
    Terrebonne, Oregon

    As of10/5/2020 *** There is a Closure Order prohibiting dispersed camping outside of the Skull Hollow campground. View a map of the closure area here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd507382.pdf.

    This closure is designed to help protect natural resources around the trailhead from overuse and to prevent conflict between campers and day users. Please observe the closure order and use the campground for camping in the vicinity of Skull Hollow trailhead. AMENITIES: NO DRINKING WATER 28 standard campsites No hook-ups or dumping facilities 1 wooden picnic table and 1 combination fire ring/grill per campsite 2 vault outhouses for the campground 1 informational signboard On-site campground host NEARBY ACTIVITIES: Horseback Riding Hiking Mountain Biking Rock climbing (Smith Rock State Park) Hunting

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    $10 - $20 / night

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