Touring through Oregon with my buddy on motorcycles, we had finished a great day of riding. Wanting to use his Oregon State Park benefits, we pulled into this spot. Although rather full, we found a great spot at the end of the ‘second loop’. Flat grass & plenty of room to pitch our tents far apart (he snores), gave me a great night’s sleep. Stunning sunset & lake views were gorgeous. Restroom & showers were clean!!
We found this place by taking a wrong turn…and just kept going. I was looking for a spot off FS16, but turned early on FS17. An easy dirt road for motorcycles, after about 19 miles, we arrived. Overlooking the reservoir, near the water pump & clean vault toilet, this was a perfect, off-grid, spot!! Only a few other RVers present, and far enough that we didn’t hear their generator.
After a great ride, I pulled into Three C Rock. I never saw the ‘boat ramp’, but just beyond the campground is a day-use/picnic area. Only a handful of camps, and you’re right next to the road, so there is traffic noise.
I was ready to stop for the day, and saw these cluster of tents off Hwy 70. I hopped on Hwy 284 & the smiles formed. I would’ve loved a bit more of this twisty heaven, but after crossing the dam, I found myself at Spring Creek. I took a spot at the end of the smaller loop. This is a fairly-well devolved camp, with camp host, potable water spigots & frequently cleaned pit toilets. Camp Host was quickly present to collect $30 ($15 w/annual pass), and since I had no cash, allowed me to boogie back down Hwy 284 to get some. Oh darn, had to ride that road again. (The host’s face was shocked I was back so quickly 🤣) Beautiful lakefront spots, but quite crowded, and there is a lot of motorboat traffic on the lake. This spot is in a small cove, so it’s not bad. Cell service was very limited, 1-2 bars extended. Lots of chipmunks 🐿 looking for handouts, so secure all foods.
After a long day of riding, I headed towards Gold Lake, not knowing there were several, smaller lakes along this road. I choose Snag just because it seemed the least occupied. Just a few yards of gravel-travel and I was set. A camp on a rise, overlooking the water. Beautiful sunset with nearby thunderheads providing the bass notes. No potable water; so bring enough or boil/filter lake water. The pit toilet is of the older wooden-type, and shows it’s age. Bring TP, as both stalls were empty.
Bottom line….great dispersed camping ⛺️
Due to Covid-19, we have to stay within our county. Came up here on Saturday morning. The 24 sites were mostly occupied, but did find a few open. No cell or wifi, so 3 days & 2 nights of glorious peace. On Sunday, most campers left, making this place even quieter. Great trail around the lake. Then drove to nearby Blue Lake, and walked around it. (No camping @ Blue Lake). Pit toilets were clean!! Mosquitoes can be a bit thick…don’t forget the OFF! A wonderful, ‘local’ spot.
As said before, 20 miles S of Battle Mountain, and about 3-4 miles off NV-305. I camped there June 21, with only 1 other tenter. More shade & a pit toilet on the up-side(east). Beautiful little creek flowing by to chill the drinks. AMAZING dark skies at night.
Right off Hwy 299 & below the powerhouse at Fall River Mills. There in no cell service down at these 8 basic & 1 group camps. Clean pit toilets. 1 camp host, but never saw them. LOTS of poison oak surrounding area. Easy walk to a scenic river.
Stayed here expecting super-remote, off-grid…had full cell service 🤪 Beautiful camp about 2-3 miles off main road; easy & smooth gravel road. I camped stone’s throw from Blitzen Creek; made sleeping a dream. Pit toilets were very clean & well-stocked with tp. Camps are spaced apart, but typical, some people run generators during quiet hours. I saw a camp host, but no rangers during my stay.
Back in July 2019, my buddy and I rode our motorcycles to this camp/hot spring. I had heard of this place from another friend on Facebook & this was our destination. A wonderful ride to this easy-to-find site. Everything from full-service cabins to rent and RVs, down to what we used, tent camping. Beautiful but spartan tent camping area, portable toilets (clean), and cable spools used as tables. The hot springs were WONDERFUL, with both indoor (bathhouse) and outdoor pools. If I recall. clothing optional after 9pm. The operators of this facility are extremely "green" in thinking, with the re-use of most building materials, etc. Their website is excellent and gives more details. Highly recommend!!