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Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Drinking Water
About Little Lava Lake

Little Lava Lake Campground is located along the Cascade Lakes National Scenic Byway in the Central Oregon Cascades.


Little Lava Lake Campground provides recreation opportunities for fishing, paddling, swimming and hiking. For anglers, the 130-acre Little Lava Lake offers a quiet alternative to its larger neighbor to the north, Lava Lake. Reaching a maximum depth of 20 feet, the lake supports planted Rainbow trout, some Brook trout, and self-sustaining populations of Whitefish and Tui Chub. Bait, lures, flies, still fishing and trolling are all acceptable angling methods.


Little Lava Lake Campground's campsites are predominately located under lodgepole pine canopy with some sites located along the lakeshore and the Deschutes River.

There is a boat ramp and a day use area that can be used at Little Lava Lake for a fee.

Natural Features

Little Lava Lake is located on the eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountain Range at an elevation of 4,740 feet. The small lake is surrounded by mature pine forests with bull rushes and lava outcroppings lining its shores. 

Nearby Attractions

Visitors can explore wilderness areas, wild and scenic rivers, lakes and reservoirs and approximately 1,600 miles of trails within the Deschutes National Forest.

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.

Visitors will also enjoy traveling the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway which climbs into the Cascades over a 66-mile drive through snow-capped peaks and alongside alpine lakes.

A nearby resort on Lava Lake offers lodging and a limited selection of groceries.

ADA Access: N

$14.57 - $81.97
National Forest
Drive In
Walk In
Boat In
ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Sanitary Dump
Trash Available
Little Lava Lake is located in Oregon
43.9101 N
-121.7617 W
Get Directions
From Bend, travel 38.4 miles southwest on Cascade Lakes Hwy (46), then 0.7 miles east on Forest Road 4600 500, and then 0.4 miles east on Forest Road 4600 520.
9 Reviews of Little Lava Lake
Nice Campground but River absent. Site#8 was awful.

Made reservation early and still seemed that it wasn't the one I picked.  River wasn't flowing from Lake due to drought.  Site#8 was at the fork in the road and dust was near unbearable,  no shade till evening. I've camped here for 10 years and it's not the same since Forest Service has taken over.


This is a very small campground. The lake is beautiful though…when you drive in, you have to turn around in the boat launch area and go the single lane back out…fyi

Fun, out of the way, and with killer views

This was a really fun, small, out of the way campground. Pretty basic amenities (vault toilets, beaten up boat ramp) and generously sized and well-spaced campsites. The lake is gorgeous and the views of Bachelor, Broken Top and South Sister are excellent.


A few sites with Lake or River views. Quieter than Lava Lake.

Perfect low key family lake

We bring our beginner kayakers and SUP paddlers here to get use to navigating. You can see the entire lake from every location. There’s a cute beaver family on the far side and the hike around the lake it’s amazing.

Awsome hidden cg

This is a great small cg on little lava with a great connecting hike over to big lava where there is a camp store at the rv park very quiet and if you are lucky enough to get a site near the water it is filled with wild life

Right on the water and quiet

Clean, plenty of space and quiet. Little hidden spot on Cascade lakes highway.

Small beauty

No electric and no water at sites. Drinking water faucet available.(one was broke when we were there) Propane, gas, showers, laundry, and store at Lava lake resort. (a short distance-you can walk a trail to resort if you choose to.) Slow cell service in area. Great Lake for kayaking! Views of the South Sister, Broken Top, and Mt Bachler. 12

First to Review
Our summer launch pad

Nice shady camp sites right along the headwaters of the Deschutes river. Walking distance to the lake and plenty of fishing holes all around. Little lava lake is a no wake lake, so it is perfect for Kayaking, SUP, and the like.