Terésa M.
Portland, OR
Joined June 2016
Great Stars, hiking & boating; clean bathrooms,

We were drive up campers for the night - side note, Caesars Creek no longer allows for camping on their trails. There were three different loops that allowed for drive up camping without reservations. The end of the E loop is where we found a great spot with trees on either side. The non-reserve only sites on this loop seemed much more friendly for tent campers due to having shade whiled the rest of the loop was pretty unsheltered from the sun.

Luckily we got into camp near the end of the day and had time to grab a meal then head to bed. We heard from people that we needed to watch out for raccoons but none crossed our path as far as we know. Fell asleep looking at the stars. The visibility permitted for us to see a good number of stars. We got to watch the big dipper cross the sky.

There is a camp store that has firewood available for purchase - warning, the wood was not quick to light so be prepared to get small twigs to start the fire.

There are a large number of grey water disposal stations, a potable water station near the bathroom, clean bathrooms with several stalls, sinks and 3 showers. A lot of people had their bikes with them so I'm assuming that it is very bike friendly.

There are at least canoe/kayak rentals for the lake and night rentals available during special events. Fossil hunting is available on the lake, you need to get a free permit to fossil hunt from the visitors center.

Reservations can be made on the phone or on the internet.

You have to call Cowan lake to reserve group sites that are located elsewhere on the lake. The Caesars Creek Marina has the phone number and more information.

Glamping, Car camping, and RV parking

The facilities are great! If you're looking to do activities along the Deschutes River this is a great spot to call home! We are more into camping/car camping than "Glamping" (i.e. running water onsite, electric onsite, flushing toilets very near by, shower facilities very near by) and the A loop fits more into the Glamping. That being said, the facilities were very clean, the host was seen cleaning the bathrooms every morning. The host was friendly and welcoming to us and also were the park rangers that were there. There is a beautiful day use area that was utilized by many and a great break from the heat due to all of the trees and the breeze off of the water. Our site was in the sun during the majority of the day which seems more passable when not in a tent but rather a pop up or RV unit. There are great hiking trails right from the camping grounds. There is also a great trail that goes up to a high hill point that offers a beautiful view. We saw lizards, red ants, dragon flies, butterflies, birds, geese and a friend saw 2 rattlesnakes (he did an early morning hike on the hill). The other campers were friendly and nice to talk to. There were lots of families and dogs and enjoyment. If we return to these grounds we are going to camp in a spot that is more geared towards tent camping. This is only because of our personal wants. It is great that these grounds offer such an array of camping options!

Great for Walk Ups!

Some of the cleanest facilities that we've seen so far. There are flushing toilets and shower rooms for use. We didn't have an encounter with the ground's hosts, probably because they were working to keep the grounds so well kept! We just happened on these grounds because a nearby location was filled. We won at the end! The grounds are right on the Hood River, dog and family friendly. The heat was so much that we were over the moon about being able to walk just a few feet to the refreshing river. Others were swimming and having a blast in the water. Our dog really enjoyed walking along the rocks just in the water. We had a picnic along the river and enjoyed watching the sun go down and the fly fishers come out to catch their bounty. Our evening was picturesque and another reason that we are so fortunate to be able to enjoy these opportunities!

First to Review
Views, wildlife and fun!

We snagged a great campsite that is just as you enter the grounds on the left. Multi level campsite, easy to access the trail that goes around the lake, a beautiful clear lake that hides a forest underneath, volcanic rock, row boat rentals, cafe and easy access from Portland.

Our first camping trip since moving to Oregon and we were impressed! There are primitive toilets, potable water, trash facilities and a community environment. The hosts of the campground were friendly and helpful.

We look forward to staying here again!

Car camping and not quite Glamping

Primitive toilets available, trash facilities, boat dock for the un-motorized , well kept roads, picnic areas.

We lucked into a beautiful site just off of the hiking path that goes around the lake. Without having a reservation during the busy season we were happy to have any site to camp. This is unsurprisingly a demanded location and one that we look forward to visiting again.

The weather was warm during the day but the trees offered wonderful shade and the lake was available to swim or boat in. Our dog enjoyed walking into the water from the boat dock to get a refreshing sip and cool off her underside. A number of families were picnicking along the water at the tables that are offered there for day use/ campers. We had visited this area a few months prior to do a day hike and were intrigued by the look of the camping sites and the inviting lake - we were not let down.

Because of the clear skies we were able to lay on the boat dock late at night with other campers and enjoy the view of the Milky Way. This was the first time that I had see this in person and I was not let down. Absolutely breathtaking. We look forward to camping here again and bringing our telescope with us!