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Palisades Campground

7 Reviews

About

Bureau of Land Management

Crooked Wild and Scenic River

Unlike most of the other campgrounds along the Crooked River, this 14.5-acre campground is set back some from the Lower Crooked Back Country Byway, providing some isolation. Campground facilities include fourteen mostly broad, spacious campsites, vault toilets and an accessible fishing pier. All but one of the campsites are at river level and accessed by a single-lane road.

Know Before You Go:

Open year-round on a first-come, first-served basis. No reservations are accepted. Potable water is available year-round at the upriver Chimney Rock Campground, 0.8 miles north on State HIghway 27. Cell phone service is not available in the campground. Watch for bicyclists: the section of State Highway 27 between Prineville and Bowman Dam is designated as the Crooked River Canyon Scenic Bikeway.

Point of Interest:

The site takes its name from nearby rock outcrops composed of basaltic lava which form the steep, formidable cliff faces across the river from the campground. ADA Access: Accessible fishing pier and trail.

Fee Info

$8 per night; $2 per extra vehicle (tow vehicles excluded) with a maximum of two vehicles allowed per site.

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Access

  • Drive-In
    Park next to your site
  • Boat-In
    Sites accessible by watercraft.

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  • WiFi
    Good
  • Verizon
    Available
  • AT&T
    Unknown
  • T-Mobile
    Unknown

Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • Standard (Tent/RV)

Features

For Campers

  • Trash
  • Toilets

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7 Reviews

James W.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jul. 15, 2022

Nice BLM site

Arrived Thursday. Hot. We found a spot #2 with some shade. Both end spaces were taken. The river ran a bit muddy. Loved the rock formations. Wind picks up in the afternoon

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Month of VisitAugust
  • Review photo of Palisades Campground by James W., July 15, 2022
  • Review photo of Palisades Campground by James W., July 15, 2022
  • Review photo of Palisades Campground by James W., July 15, 2022
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Bill T.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed May. 29, 2022

Quiet and scenic

Like the other campgrounds along this section of the Crooked River, almost all the campsites face the river.  They have good spacing and require very little leveling.  Many are pull through, a few back in.  I camped before Memorial Day, so it was very quiet.  The road is very near all the campsites, but we counted maybe one car an hour.

The pit toilet was very clean and serviced daily.  We had Verizon and had rare to no cell service.  The only potable water is at the most southern campground, Big Bend campground, the first below the dam.  During our visit, only the hand pump had water.  You cannot use this to fill your RV, unless you have a bucket and like pumping for an hour.  There were two freeze proof faucets in the other section of the campground where the host has a parking place, but they were not turned on.  Best bet for dumping and getting fresh water is the Crook County RV park, just 15 minutes north on the road in Prineville.  Very nice setup, dump $10, fresh water fill $5 (or free with dump)

  • Review photo of Palisades Campground by Bill T., May 29, 2022
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CThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2021

Fishing & Views!

This is my go-to spot for a quick weekend getaway. I’m lucky enough that this is only about an hour from home. Usually good fishing! Spacious pull through first come first serve sites. Good for mid-size RV’s, trailers & tent camping. You can generally find a spot if you arrive Thursday evening or before 3:00 on Friday. Right on the river with beautiful canyons surrounding you.

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Month of VisitSeptember
  • Review photo of Palisades Campground by Cynthia W., August 28, 2021
  • Review photo of Palisades Campground by Cynthia W., August 28, 2021
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Location

Palisades Campground is located in Oregon

Detail location of campground

Directions

From Prineville, Oregon: Drive 15.3 miles south on State Highway 27; the campground will be on your right.

Address

Prineville District Office 3050 NE 3rd Street
Prineville, OR 97754

Coordinates

44.131359 N
120.823479 W

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