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Thomas B.
Portland, OR
Joined December 2018
Writer - Photographer - Adventurer
First to Review
Serene Lake OR Backpacking Campground

Beautiful little mountain lake on the slopes of Mt. Hood. We did the 12-mile loop in two days from the trailhead below Shellrock Lake. There are some tough climbs but the Friday night we spent there was great. Looked like it was getting crowded when we left Saturday afternoon. The water is clear and amazingly warm, considering that it's glacier feed.

We didn't have to pay for the campsite, but you do need a Forest Pass or something to leave your car at the trailhead.

Trout Creek BLM Rustic Deschutes Boat Launch

This is a very pretty but rustic campground on BLM land. No reservations are taken, and people seem to stay for a long time. We got there early on a Friday in mid-May and found it full. However, we got talking with an RV owner who said it was fine to park our Westfalia in the far end of his site. That might not always work, obviously, if it's more crowded. Another reviewer said it's not crowded in July, but I don't know.

This campground seems to attract a lot of fishermen, since there's a boat ramp used to take out and put it on the Deschutes. I'm sure it's jammed on opening day and during hatches.

We didn't bring bikes but you can walk for miles along the river and feeder streams. The basalt columns and rimrock outcroppings are beautiful. There's some good climbing, but sections of the hillsides are closed off during nesting season. It's pretty well marked.

There are vault toilets but no running water. Also, there's a one-lane tunnel on the access road, so that would limit wide and/or high RVs and trailers. There are fire rings, but fires are usually prohibited throughout this area during summer fire season.

Trout Creek Deschutes River Boat Ramp Dry Camp

This is a very pretty but rustic campground on BLM land. No reservations are taken, and people seem to stay for a long time. We got there early on a Friday in mid-May and found it full. However, we got talking with an RV owner who said it was fine to park our Westfalia in the far end of his site. That might not always work, obviously, if it's more crowded. Another reviewer said it's not crowded in July, but I don't know.

This campground seems to attract a lot of fishermen, since there's a boat ramp used to take out and put it on the Deschutes. I'm sure it's jammed on opening day and during hatches.

We didn't bring bikes but you can walk for miles along the river and feeder streams. The basalt columns and rimrock outcroppings are beautiful. There's some good climbing, but sections of the hillsides are closed off during nesting season. It's pretty well marked.

There are vault toilets but no running water. Also, there's a one-lane tunnel on the access road, so that would limit wide and/or high RVs and trailers. There are fire rings, but fires are usually prohibited throughout this area during summer fire season.

Nice riverside campground

Nice clean campground. Make sure to say hi to the hosts Floyd and Opal in their big RV. Very friendly. This was Summer 2017.

Sites are pretty close together but very clean, with nice access to the river.

Be sure to head up to Opal Creek for a great hike.

Great Hub for Rogue River and Crater Lake Activities

We really enjoyed a couple of nights here in September. The place was about half full. Quite clean and quiet, which was nice for us as tent campers. The hosts are friendly, and had firewood for sale. We were surprised that fires were allowed, so we were willing to pay abut $10 for an armload that lasted us for the evening. The sound of the Rogue River is so soothing.

It was great having the Rogue River trail run right past the campground. We checked out the Rogue Gorge trail, which is a short loop past some dramatic narrow sections of the river. We also walked down toward the Natural Bridge, which is an amazing spot where the river runs down into a lava tube and then emerges about 100 yards later.

It's also a pretty easy drive back up to Crater Lake, which also was pleasantly uncrowded. Over the course of three days, we did several hikes.

Internet and phone service are pretty much non-existent, which was fine. You can connect up around Crater Lake Lodge.