Nestled in the heart of sunny central Oregon, Tumalo rests along Oregon's spectacular Deschutes River. The campground is simultaneously close enough to the town of Bend to make an quick jaunt to the grocery store, but far enough away to escape the commotion. Its location makes it an ideal stepping stone for any type of outdoor activity you could possibly dream of: lush green golf courses, clear blue-ribbon trout steams, pristine alpine lakes, miles upon miles of challenging yet scenic hiking and mountain bike trails, and of course the Cascade Mountains are all within easy reach.
Approximately 23 full-hookup sites More than 50 tent campsites Seven yurts (two pet-friendly) Two seasonal group camping area Two seasonal group picnic areas Seasonal hiker/biker camp Showers and flush toilets Firewood and ice sales (in season) Universal Access Four campsites and one yurt are accessible to campers with disabilities.
I’m a big fan of Oregon State Parks in general, but I really love the sites that are on the River here. I usually spend a few days here each summer when attending concerts at Les Schwab.
Website says limited opening June 9, 2020
Tumalo State Park is one of my favorite state parks in one of my favorite areas of the state. The camp hugs the Tumalo River (though no campsites are along the river). There’s an awesome but well-loved day use area with swimming and barbecues. You can tube along the basalt rock wall and there's a grassy area for picnics.
The campsites include tent and electric RV sites nestled up against basalt rock hills. Sparsely forested, so plenty of sun, but some sites also have shade. Flush toilets, showers, and very cool yurts that are popular.
Minutes from downtown Bend if you want to get fancy, but also located next to all the outdoor hiking, biking, fishing, and rafting activities in the area. Gets very crowded due to it’s proximity to Bend, especially the day use area.
Very clean state park campground. Camp hosts were awesome, other campers very respectful. Very close to town and nature. Most full hookup sites seemed easy to maneuver with RV/trailer. We had 30’ TT and had no issues. Nice paved sites with bench and fire pit. Book early!
Came while the fire ban was going, so that kinda sucked. But the actual park was pretty nice. Clean bathrooms and nice size spots
Nice cg with multiple options and close to towns for food and entertainment! Great access to the river and excellent grassy fields for day use. There is also some bouldering too!
Tumalo campground is located within the vibrant town of Bend. But what makes this campground unique is that staying there you quickly realize that your completely removed from the hustle and bustle of a town that has so much to offer.Waking up in camp you can plan between two great agendas a float down a picturesque river or hike up river along a trail that takes you through many breathtaking vistas. Staying two nights I was able to do both.
Showers, bathrooms, and running water are available. A tent site is $21/night with 1 car allowed. Additional cars are $7/night. There aren't any tent sites secluded from yurts and RVs, so you will be hearing generators run, though people did shut them off at 10. IMO, it's expensive for a tent site in a spot where you're surrounded by glampers.
Very solid, typical Oregon state campground. Has all of the good things that you'd want: clean flush toilets, Junior Ranger programs and activities, decent spots (some better than others), playground, and nice trees and pretty rock walls.
But what sets it apart is it's proximity to Bend, Oregon, as well as the Day Use area across the road with a river and swimming area along with picnic tables.
Very popular in the summer especially; be sure to book early. Between nearby Bend and the other activities on-site and in the area, you could definitely spend several days here and not get bored.
The main draw for this park is the proximity to Bend and to the Deschutes River, but it is not my favorite Oregon State Park. The layout is a little wonky; we had reserved a site on-line and went to the left, directly to our site, not seeing the sign to go to the right to register. Not a problem as the ranger (who was very friendly and helpful) registered us. Firewood is a reasonable $5 per bundle, but only available from 5-7pm. There is a reasonable amount of privacy between sites due to trees separating them. You will hear road noise and, after it quiets down at night, I heard the river, which was peaceful. Flush toilets but the ones near our site were a bit tight. However, there was HOT water, a luxury not always enjoyed while camping! I didn’t check them out, but another camper said the showers were nice. Not much to do IN the park but you can access a portion of the Deschutes River Trail from the park. Contrary to what I anticipated, Tumalo Creek Falls are NOT in the park but about 17 miles away (but worth going to see). Husband could get sporadic internet, but I was not able to get any, a surprise given how close we were to Bend.