Erin P.
Bend, OR
Joined June 2017
Avid camper, hiker and kayker
Sweet Little Place not far from Bend

This is a pristine campground.  Great Bathrooms (although they were drop, there isn't running water). Spacious campsites.  If you go in late June the inlet the campground is on is mostly dried up, but the boat launch was still usable. Would recommend.

Great Base Camp Location

This was a great location for loads of hikes in the area. Close enough to the Dalles and Maryhill if your dinner went south, but far enough away where it wasn't an issue of feeling like you were in a city. Beautiful Lake and super close to the Petraglyphs (do the tour that leaves a 3 minute walk from the campsite!!) It was SUPER windy, the bathrooms seemed pretty far from the tent camping sites, (they were all walk in) and there was a train track super close, but overall a good experience.

Great South Sister base camp

Hiked up on Friday night and got the last spot. No amenities, and a 2 mile straight uphill hike to get here. Theres a map of the campsites, but they are hard to find. None are near te lake so fill upwater in bulk! Stunning sunsets and sunrises. Made for a nice striking point to the summit. Gets busy. Have bug spray handy!

Quiet Campground in Beautiful place

We headed to South Steens as a basecamp for some of the longer hikes. This campground is SUPER big, and we didn't have a problem getting a spot even though it was FCFS in the middle of the weekend. Clean picnic tables and sites. They have running water (So stock up before headed into the gorge! - next water is Jackman Park!) and clean pit toilets. Not a lot of shade so prep for that. All in all a nice BLM spot!

Nice camping in the Steens

Clean campsite. Still moderatly far from the steens but not so far. Close to kiger gorge. Clean bathrooms. Wasnt full at 7pm on a saturday. Nice views of the lake. Bees in site 2-avoid

Close to Frenchglen

We blew through here on the way to the steens. Still pretty far away from the gorge and things worth seeing. Seemed like a good option for RVs who didnt want to deal with steens loop to leave their trailer. Watch for snaaaaakes and mosquitos. Big sites, but not a lot of privacy or shade.

Great access point

This campground makes a great jumping off point for a load of the trails in the area. Super close to the pct. very buggy in July. If the idea of hiking into a campsite is daunting, this would make a good home base

Busy state Park

This state park is right on the river with full access! Bring your floaties! It gets super busy on the weekend. Its probably the closest camping to Bend, so worth checking out for sure. This isnt where the falls are, but a nice place to spend a day or two lazing the river! Nice facilities

Big field with little privacy

I was unimpressed. Okay local if you need to camp in Portland. Not so nice bathrooms. Tent camping was in a big field with weird gravel bits that got louder in the morning. No barriers between campsites. I would pass and find a nicer place to pitch your te t

Weird park

This was less of a campsite and more of a place to stay. Youre next to the only public bathrooms between Bend and John Day so prep to stay up all night as trucks roll in and out. Very few food options or grocery stores so come prepared. Right on a road. Close to painted hills, but I'd still try to find better camping.

Lovely spot

This was an awesome place right at the trailhead. Quiet with pit toliet access ans so much beauty. Shallow, swimable lake for when youre done hiking. Love it here

In the heart of Newberry!

Beautiful campsite on the lake. I love Newberry Caldera. Lots of cool hikes around. Cool lakes you can hike or paddle around to hot springs. Quieter than some of the areas in Bend.

Beautiful Lake with awesome walk up campsite

This was a great campsite. We were in a walk in Tent site right on the lake which was quiet for the most part. Right next to hiking path that went around the lake. There didn't appear to be a boat put in around the area, but there is one down the street. We stayed in Campsite 28, which helped get away from the chaos of the big group sites which I would strongly Recommend! Beautiful place.

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Nice Spot

This was a nice spot to chill at. NO DOGS NO DOGS NO DOGS which was a downside for sure. Not really a great boat put in, so if you have somethign heavy, go elsewhere. Drop toilets. Can get SUPER busy, but if you go mid weeks its pretty serene. Small lake so don't expect a huge paddle. Worth it if you're looking for a new lake in the area, but don't expect Cascade views or the like!

Sweet Location

IF you're camping in the Gorge, you're probably going here. Its right off the road and loud (it didn't help that we had a super rude family walking through our campsite the entire time). Bathrooms and running water. I wish the gorge had a better place to camp. I'd go back, but only if I had to.

Dispersed at its best

A little less of a campsite and more of a dispersed type of thing. No bathrooms/water (If this is the right one) but AMAZING private sites with some sweet sweet swimming holes.

One of my favorite State Parks in OR

Super nice Campground. Nice spots within walking distance of the falls. SUPER clean, nice, big showers which is a plus if you're doing a lot of camping. Enough trees for some privacy. Love it.

Nice Enough

This campground is a little further from santa fe than ideal. Pool/Game room close early. Super hilly, and could be tricky to navigate. The people that run it are nice. Would stay again.

Closest campsite to Portland

Went tent camping. Was expecting a bit more of a campsite, but it was just a big field with everybody together. No privacy or trees even blocking other campsites. Not suitable for more than 1 tent or groups. Bathrooms okay, and water was close so thats a plus. Would only stay again if desperate.

Beautiful!

Camped for the august meteor shower. Were right on the beach. So lovely. Would make this my happy place