Cinder Hill Campground sits at the edge of beautiful East Lake in the caldera of Newberry Volcano. The area is part of the Newberry National Monument in Deschutes National Forest. The area is popular for its geological significance and multitude of recreational activities, making it an ideal individual and family camping excursion.
For more information about the Newberry National Volcanic Monument, please visit: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/deschutes/recarea/?recid=66159
Visitors can take advantage of boating, kayaking, swimming and fishing on East Lake. A boat ramp is located in the campground, and the lake has a 10 mph speed limit.
For anglers, the lake provides the perfect setting to fish from boat or the shoreline. It supports rainbow trout, brown trout and Kokanee salmon. In September, the outlet of adjacent Paulina Lake may be choked with Kokanee moving to spawn in Paulina Creek.
The Crater Rim Trail, considered one of the finest high country trails in the area, boasts vast stretches of forest, deserts and mountains. The trail has many access points and connectors to other trails.
Cinder Hill Campground offers several sites close to the shore or within easy walking distance to the beach. It is an ideal campground for those hauling trailers, but it also has plenty of sites perfect for tents. Sites are equipped with tables and campfire rings with grills. Flush toilets and drinking water are also available.
East Lake is located within the collapsed crater, or caldera of Newberry Volcano. Nearly five miles in diameter, the caldera encircles the basins of East Lake and Paulina Lake. East Lake covers 1,044 acres and is 180 feet at its deepest point.
Paulina Creek flows from the lake and has chiseled a narrow gorge through the caldera's west wall creating a remarkable twin waterfall. Thermal vents and hot springs along the lake's northeast edge help create a highly productive ecosystem.
The surrounding undeveloped wilderness, clean streams and diverse forests support a variety of wildlife, including black bear, bighorn sheep, deer, native fish and migratory birds.
Big Obsidian Flow Trail offers a 1-mile interpretive trail that climbs up and onto this impressive lava flow of obsidian (black volcanic glass) and pumice. The Big Obsidian Flow is 1300 years old, the youngest lava flow in Oregon.
Lava Lands Visitor Center in nearby Bend, Oregon, is a great starting point for visitors to learn about the diverse landscape and history of the area through educational programs and exhibits.
Lava River Cave, also located in the Newberry National Volcanic Monument, is nearly a mile long. The northwest section of the cave is the longest continuous lava tube in Oregon.
A nearby resort, operating under a special use permit from the Deschutes National Forest offers visitors lodging, last minute essentials and boat rentals.
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Gets cold at night but perfect during the day.
My wife and I went camping here with some friends in the summer of 2017. The site we stayed at (number unknown) was clean and there was easy access to a water pump and bathrooms (actual plumbing). The East lake and Paulina lake area have some good trails to hike and ride horses on that are well-used and matched the maps that we downloaded. If you hike them, bring lots of water since it's a dry area and there are not a lot of streams to refill and filter water from. Also bring plenty of sunscreen since the forest canopy is not very thick.
The lake is wonderful! The water was crystal clear and a comfortable temperature for a post-hike swim. Be sure to wear sandals on the beach since it is made up of coarse volcanic rock. You can walk barefoot, but you sure as heck won't be recreating any Top Gun volleyball scenes. If you're using inflatable furniture on the beach, I recommend putting down a tarp to protect from any sharp edges.
Dang, Paulina and East Lakes are beautiful. Walk out to the lake on a clear, dark night for the most beautiful view of the stars you've ever seen. We loved our time here. Some great hikes start from this area, and the lake is great for water activities. Make sure to check out the hot springs along the shore of Paulina Lake. Oh, and it IS pronounced Paul-I-Nuh. I'd heard that and Paul-eeh-nuh. And turns out the first is correct.