Standard (Tent/RV)
Cabins
RV Sites
Tent Sites
Yurts
Drinking Water
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
About Crane Prairie Resort

Resort located on the shores of Crane Prairie Reservoir.

Sites
129
Price
$38.50 - $975.00
Operator
Private
Access
Drive In
Walk In
Boat In
Features
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
Market
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Reservable
Showers
Toilets
Trash Available
RVs and Trailers
Sewer Hookups
Water Hookups
No 30 amp Hookups
50 amp Hookups
Max Length: 90 ft.
Location
Crane Prairie Resort is located in Oregon
Latitude
43.8001 N
Longitude
-121.75 W
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Directions
From Highway 58, turn east onto Crescent Road at the sign for Davis Lake and Wickiup Reservoir, midway between mileposts 72 and 73. In 3.3 miles, turn left on Forest Road 46. Drive north for 18 miles and turn east on Forest Road 42 at the sign for Twin Lakes and Crane Prairie. Drive east on Forest Road 42 for 3.8 miles, then turn north on Forest Road 4270. From Bend, go west on the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway, which becomes Forest Road 46. Follow this road to its intersection with Forest Road 42, about 52 miles from Bend. Turn onto Forest Road 42 at the sign for Twin Lakes and Crane Prairie. Drive east on Forest Road 42 for 3.8 miles, then turn north on Forest Road 4270. From Highway 97 between Bend and Klamath Falls, turn west to the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway, 12 miles north of La Pine. After one mile, turn south on South Century Drive, which becomes Forest Road 42. Follow it for just over 17 miles to Forest Road 4270 and turn north at the sign for Crane Prairie.
6 Reviews of Crane Prairie Resort
Great campground to get away

Only spent one night at Crane Prairie, and that was a Sunday night. The campground was clean and well maintained and the sites were large. The lake seemed nice, though we didn't have a chance to get on the water.

Crane Prairie is about a 30 minute drive from Bend, so far enough to feel like you are getting away. 

The store is right by the boat launch, is well stocked and had friendly staff.

It did appear that there were a lot of no shows, which was too bad, as many prime spots by the water were booked. The plus was that we had quite a bit of privacy.

I'd be happy to stay here again.

Perfect setting on a gorgeous, fishable lake

Crane Prairie is a popular spot in Central Oregon off the Cascade Lakes Highway west of 4 season resort town of Bend, OR.

The spots are all a little different and many are downright huge. Of course, people like to camp lakeside but those are actually not the best for privacy.

We prefer the blue loop sites 120 and up. And the even number ones on the ridge like 138 are supreme because they back up to open wilderness and can accommodate several tents and RV.

The lake is accessible from many points and small beaches. The resort lodge rents watercraft, sells ice and food and propane. Super nice folks as well.

The place is clean, and friendly. You see kids riding bikes and walking in groups all over the huge space with adults watching out for everyone.

Can't go wrong with Crane Prairie. One quirk brought me pause this last year. People were having a hard time with the camp host getting into spots where no shows weren't arriving. They claimed they don't give away those spots the next day, which is the Forest Service typical rules. It was a PITA for some people and too many were denied a spot in a sparsely populated weekend. That was sad.

Ants

We had a beautiful tent spot right up next to the lake but had to leave because the ants were insane. It was like the ground was moving. There were ant hills two feet tall. We ended up going to elk lake and had a wonderful time.

beautiful views! dispersed camping

beautiful views of the cascade mountains, gorgeous reservoir. free camping. dispersed, first come first serve. no amenities. LEAVE NO TRACE!!!!

road is a bit rough but I made it in with a Honda Accord though I wouldn’t recommend for low clearance vehicles.

fire rings available during burn seasons. plenty of fire wood. please do not burn during no burn/dry seasons. the forest is very dry!

bring plenty of water during the summer it’s very hot and dry. you can probably drink the reservoir water if you bring a good filter.

RV Camping

We stayed here for the first time in 2017 and coming back in 2018.

RV camping was fun and quiet and the staff was very friendly. Fishing was not too bad also.

nice places to fish and walk.

First to Review
Great for Big Groups, or Small Family Getaways

I've stayed at this campground several times and always have a great experience. Single spots along the water usually have direct access - some spots have nice beaches, some are more marshy. There's lots of space between most campsites, so you get some privacy from other campers.

The yellow loop is great for big groups, with 15 spots separated from the rest of the campground. There's a small private beach beside the boat ramp, and a bigger, more sandy beach near the day use area.

There are lots of trees for hanging hammocks and giving shade in the afternoon. The reservoir is great for kayaks & paddleboards & floating & swimming. And if you keep your eyes on the sky, you just might see a bald eagle - we see him every time we go, so now we call him Earl.

If you forget anything or just need an ice cream, there's a cute little resort store that's only a short walk from anywhere in the campground.