Standard (tent/RV)
RV Sites
Tent Sites
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Water Unknown
About McKay Crossing Campground

McKay Crossing Campground is located off the beaten path along Paulina Creek. It provides campers with seclusion from the main road and the tranquility of hearing the creek flow. This area is good for bird watching, particularly in the wetlands located west of the campground.

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Boating, swimming and fishing are popular activities enjoyed by visitors during spring, summer and fall months, while skiing and snowmobiling are popular during the winter.

Anglers have the opportunity to fish in the surrounding clear, cold lakes and streams for abundant salmon and trout.

Hikers and backpackers have access to a variety of trails in the area, including several in Newberry National Volcanic Monument.

The Crater Rim Trail is a favorite high country trail, boasting vast stretches of forest, deserts and mountains extending from all sides of the trail.

Nearby Peter Skene Ogden National Recreation Trail parallels Paulina Creek, passing several waterfalls along the way, as it ascends 8.5 miles to the spectacular Paulina Lake.


McKay Crossing Campground can accommodate RV, trailer or tent-campers however electric and water hookups are not available. All sites are equipped with a picnic table and fire pit and the campground has vault toilets available.

Natural Features

Paulina Creek divides this campground into two sections with sites 1-5 in one loop and sites 6-15 in an adjacent loop. A large waterfall is within a very short walk and brings the sound of falling waters to the camp sites near by.

Nearby Attractions

Visitors enjoy traveling the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway, known as Oregon's Highway in the Sky, which climbs into the clouds on a 66-mile drive through the Cascade Range, weaving past snow-capped peaks and alpine lakes.

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 interpretive programs and exhibits.

Lava River Cave, located in the Newberry National Volcanic Monument is also nearby for campers to explore. At 5,211 feet in length, the northwest section of the cave is the longest continuous lava tube in Oregon.

National Forest
Drive In
Walk In
Hike In
Alcohol Allowed
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
No Showers
Trash Available
McKay Crossing Campground is located in Deschutes National Forest in Oregon
43.7157 N
-121.3774 W
4 ft
Get Directions
From Bend, OR: Travel about 23.5 miles south on Highway 97 then 3 miles east on County Road 21 until you see the sign for McKay Crossing at FS road 2120. Travel a few miles on this sometimes washboard dirt road to reach the campground,
6 Reviews of McKay Crossing Campground
Great Summer Hangout

Stayed in campsite 10 which was spacious, but claimed to be "riverfront" and really wasn't.  Pit toilet but no running water, minus the streams. Great swimming holes and trailheads close by. Didn't get too buggy, but would bring a table cloth as the picnic tables had ants.  Excited to go back when its hotter and splash around!

One of our Favorite Spots

Easy access, nice hike to some natural water slides, a variety of sites along the water.

Secluded and serene

Great campground, huge sites. Great hiking, waterfall. Short drive to Paulina lake.

Quiet and Secluded Campsite

We selected this campsite due to its proximity to Paulina Lake. We brought SUP boards and only had to make a 7 minute drive before we got to the boat dock. It was also an easy drive back into town in case we needed something.

My only advice is to try to pick a campsite close to the river. The terrain is a little more flat around the river and you'll be able to listen to the water as you fall asleep. We stayed further away and I found myself sliding a little during the night. 

Be sure to bring your own water to this campsite, there isn't potable water here!

Amazing campsite

Big spots, 2 separate loops, creek is accessible to every site, lots of fun to hop around and look at. Quiet, off the beaten path, the trail that runs through is beautiful in any direction.

First to Review
McKay Crossing Campground

Beautiful, quiet primitive camping with many trails right on the river. ❤

Not good cellphone service & a distance to town, although it was a great couple weeks.