Camping out this summer but don’t know where to start?
Summer is the best season indeed for camping! Did you know that Central Oregon has lots of camping sites that you can choose from to see those beautiful stars at night and bond with family and friends over smores + long night stories? Go for some digital detox for a bit and explore nature to energize your mind and soul after a weary pandemic year.
Just remember to always stay safe and follow safety protocols as you go along. 🙂
I found this interesting and very informative post from NomadsWithAPurpose and would like to share few bits of their post for the places you can visit in/near Bend, Oregon for camping. They’ve provided fees, number of sites as well as other amenities that will be helpful for your planning.
You can also click on the link/name for each campground to know more and visit their direct links.
If you’re looking for vacation rentals as you visit Central Oregon, visit us at Bend Rental Guide, should you need a fixed lodging for summer or RV rentals for your camping – *subject to availability.
1Camp Sherman Campground – is nestled on the banks of the scenic Metolius River in Deschutes National Forest. It offers visitors some of the most stunning scenery in central Oregon and easy access to an abundance of recreational activities.
2Tumalo State Campground – History Trivia – It is thought that the name Tumalo comes from the Klamath Indian word “temolo,” meaning wild plum.
Some sites and all yurts are open year round. Book sites up to 6 months in advance at oregonstateparks.reserveamerica.com. Reservations required for yurt stays.
Tumalo’s day-use area sits on the banks of the Deschutes River and features picnic sites shaded by large ponderosa pines, junipers and alders. A wading area provides a popular spot to splash on a hot day.
- 2 group picnic areas are open seasonally. They are first-come, first-served when not reserved. For details and to reserve, go to oregonstateparks.reserveamerica.com.
Deschutes River Trail
“A 2.4 mile Tumalo segment of the 12-mile Deschutes River Trail is accessible from the day-use area parking lot. The trail follows the Deschutes River south 1.4 miles to Riley Ranch Nature Reserve, which offers additional trails. This section of the river flows through a canyon with high bluffs on either side. Kayakers frequently pass by, and anglers will find many places on the river’s edge to cast their lines.”
“Creekside Campground is a municipal park which offers a total of 60 camp sites including 27 full hook-up sites plus a separate “hiker/biker” area. Each site is equipped with a fire pit and a picnic table. The campground has restrooms and coin operated showers as well as an automated sewer discharge site.
Creekside Campground is situated along Whychus Creek and within walking distance of downtown. A covered foot bridge spans the creek and leads to Creekside Park. The campground is open from April through October. Campground info line: 541-323-5218″
“Lava Lake Campground is popular with campers as the lower elevation lodgepole pine stands offer great screening between sites. This campground is located next to Lava Lake, and this site offers hiking and fishing opportunities.”
Mckay Campground is located off the beaten path along Paulina Creek. It provides campers with seclusion from the main road and the tranquility of hearing the creek flow. This area is good for bird watching, particularly in the wetlands located west of the campground.
What are you waiting for? Oh right, always make sure you follow the minimum safety protocols for all the campgrounds and Central Oregon in general.
Once you see how beautiful Central Oregon is and want to make it your home – check our rental listings for apartments/condos and homes/duplex at Bend Rental Guide. We offer home, apartment and vacation rental listings from management companies and for rent by owners.
1 https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/233198 – Camp Sherman Campground
2 https://stateparks.oregon.gov/index.cfm?do=park.profile&parkId=34 – Tumalo State Park
3 https://www.ci.sisters.or.us/creekside-campground – Creekside Campground
4 https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/deschutes/recarea/?recid=38894 – Lava Lake Campground
5 https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/deschutes/recarea/?recid=38410 – McKay Crossing Campground