Best Campgrounds in Central Oregon


Camping out this summer but don’t know where to start?

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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.

Year-round Camping

Some sites and all yurts are open year round. Book sites up to 6 months in advance at Reservations required for yurt stays.

Day Use

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.

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.”

3Sister’s Creekside Campground

“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″

4Lava Lake Campground

“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.”

5McKay Crossing Campground

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 – Camp Sherman Campground

2 – Tumalo State Park

3 – Creekside Campground

4 – Lava Lake Campground

5 – McKay Crossing Campground

Independence Day In Bend 2021


Independence day is just around the corner, and the City of Bend has just declared a local state of emergency in response to the unusually high temperatures being experienced and forecasted for the week. A good preventive measure was to declare a ban to the use of all other fireworks through July 9 due to the high risk for fire during the summer season.

How then can we celebrate Independence Day?

Worry no more, as the professional firework displays/Bend 4th of July Fireworks at the Vince Genna Stadium and at Pilot Butte State Park will continue as scheduled and have both been approved by the State Fire Marshall and Bend Fire & Rescue. Both shows include plans to reduce the risk of fire and quickly respond to any fire incidents. *referenced from Central Oregon Daily News Sources.

Join in the Bend Old Fashion July Fourth Pet Parade and Festival and dress up your furry family in a patriotic costume as you march down the streets of Bend. Then head back to Drake Park to enjoy the festival with live music, local artisans and delicious food.

Experience a fun-filled family event in The Village at Sunriver for the Sunriver 4th of July Festival from 10:30 – 4pm. Join in the fun with lots of free entertainment and friendly competitions as we celebrate our nation’s birthday.

And if you’re not much into the celebrations, Bend is a great place where you can go for a hike or mountain bike ride. Walk in the trails in Bend, for this 4th of July weekend where you can see the beautiful views of the city, rivers and mountains.

Where to stay?

Check out our home/condo listings and vacation rentals at Bend Rental Guide for your lodging starting this Independence day through summer.

Got Anything Planned For Father’s Day?


“The greatest mark of a father is how he treats his children when no one is looking.” — Dan Pearce

Happy Father’s day to all the dads and all other parents wearing the “dad’s suit”!

As we receive inquiries for homes and apartment units from everyone on our Bend Rental Guide site, we wish everyone gets to celebrate this weekend event happily.

What will you be doing this weekend?

If you’re looking for things to let your father ease up a bit and share memories with the rest of the family, you can check out this 5 Amazing Things To Do with the family this weekend as shared by the Bend Magazine!

Let us know down in the comments below if you are going to attend any of them.

Have fun and enjoy the day!

From the whole Chimpky Family and Bend Rental Guide Team.

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Great Home In Empire Crossing!

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Nice home with 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths plus a bonus area upstairs. newer paint throughout and nice laminate flooring downstairs with newer carpet upstairs. Semi-open floorplan with nice appliances. This home has a 2 car garage. HOA maintains the front yard. Tenant is responsible for Water/Sewer, Electric, Gas & Garbage **All rental listings and availability are subject to change without notification. All information is deemed reliable, but not guaranteed.**

Pet-Friendly Home For Rent In Bend, Oregon

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This spacious two-bedroom home is in a fabulous location near The Old Mill, with easy access to the Parkway and walking distance from grocery stores and restaurants! Light and bright with plenty of windows!

Enjoy the charming details like gorgeous wide-plank wood flooring, a gas fireplace, walk-in closet, extra storage space, A/C, detached single car garage, and back yard with paved patio area! On the main floor, you will find a large living room and kitchen area with updated shaker-style cabinetry and a gas cooktop.

Upstairs are two large bedrooms, one with a walk-in closet plus two extra closets, and the other bedroom has a built-in desk, perfect for remote working or homework. Both bathrooms have been updated. Washer and dryer included. Pet friendly with deposit and monthly pet rent. Water/Sewer/Landscaping services are included in the rent! ** First-floor flooring has been upgraded to LPV/Wood flooring since these pictures were taken.

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Professionally Managed by Lava Ridge Property Management

Beautiful Home In Bend, Oregon!

3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms home in Bend, Oregon with easy access to the parkway, shopping, schools, and just minutes away from great river trails. Nice and bright open kitchen with laminate flooring. Fenced in patio with low maintenance landscape, Washer/Dryer provided, Attached 2 car garage with alley access and a gas fireplace. Please note that this is a Placement Property only.

The home is privately managed by the homeowner upon application approval.

More pictures and availability details on this link.

Professionally Managed by Austin Property Management.

Feature Property – Amazing 4 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom Smart Home For Rent in Bend, Oregon

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Professionally Managed By Plus Property Management

This rental home features an open floor plan layout that flows nicely from kitchen to living space. Quality finishes throughout, and laminate flooring on the main level. Smart Lighting, Smart Locks, ENERGY STAR Air Conditioning and so much more! Enjoy living near Stone Creek Park, which offers nature trails and other amenities. Conveniently located near markets, shopping, restaurants, and access to the parkway. Be the first to call this beautiful property your home! Pet-friendly

* 1 small dog (under 25 pounds) considered with owner approval and additional deposit
* 2 car garage

Lovely 4 Bedroom Eastside Home For Rent In Bend, Oregon

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4 Bedroom, 3 Bath Lovely Eastside Home For Rent In Bend, Oregon
4 Bedroom, 3 Bath Lovely Eastside Home For Rent In Bend, Oregon
4 Bedroom, 3 Bath Lovely Eastside Home For Rent In Bend, Oregon
4 Bedroom, 3 Bath Lovely Eastside Home For Rent In Bend, Oregon
4 Bedroom, 3 Bath Lovely Eastside Home For Rent In Bend, Oregon
4 Bedroom, 3 Bath Lovely Eastside Home For Rent In Bend, Oregon

This 4 bedrooms, 3 bath home has 11 fruit trees including apples, pear, plum and cherry! This home is light and bright with a nice open floor plan and vaulted ceilings. Some of the features include 2 car garage, fully fenced back yard, gardeners shed, RV or Boat parking, wood floors throughout (no carpet), AC, electric car plug in in the garage and much more! 1 dog considered with additional $750 deposit. No smoking

Professionally Managed By: Velocity Property Management LLC



Spectacular Mountain Views!! Situated on 1/3 of an acre in NW Bend West Hills, all-white farmhouse, offers big views and striking architectural design! Eco friendly and Smart Home features: Open and bright floor plan with approximately 2750 total square feet. 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms plus Large Family/Game room, two beautiful wood decks, oversized 2 car garage, flat driveway.

Cascade mountain views from the living areas, master bedroom, and decks. Spacious backyard, all-fenced, with grass play area. Also featuring an array of custom details including wide plank natural pine flooring in matte finish with low VOC stain and sealant throughout the entire home.

The spacious kitchen boasts quartz countertops, white subway tile backsplash, large farmhouse sink. Stainless steel appliances, including a commercial style range with dual ovens that can be operated through Wi-Fi. Large island which seats six with a rustic reclaimed wood top from the old Shevlin/Hixon mill. Jaw dropping and expansive master bathroom features a large freestanding tub, walk-in shower finished with white subway tile, and dual range pan shower heads. This house is a must see!

**This property located in 2034 NW Rimrock Road Bend, OR 97703 comes in as-is condition. All prices, terms and conditions should be considered reliable, but not guaranteed. The images shown are a representation of the home in rent ready condition and may vary slightly. The rent-available date is set with our best intension but may vary due to unforeseen circumstances.

BONUS: Have peace of mind in knowing this property is professionally managed by Lava Ridge Property Management. With 24/7 tenant online portal, all of your requests will be addressed immediately, and all maintenance repairs are performed by licensed and insured vendors. We work to show the value of having professional management.

BE AWARE: Scams are operating in this region. Lava Ridge will not ask you to wire money. Application fees and deposits are only accepted through our online portal.

COVID STANDARDS: All properties are kept vacant between renters for at least 5 days. Professional cleaners and steam cleaned carpets are standard practice for new move in’s. Showings are conducted ONLY after applications are submitted, prescreened and applicants must be 1st in line for the property. When viewing a property, please take the necessary precautions to protect your health. We highly suggest you wear gloves, masks and shoe covers during any showing. Personal items like purses are not allowed in the home.

Professionally Managed By: Velocity Property Management

How Much Do You Know About Garden Preparation?

Most of us have turned into gardening when we got nothing else left to do during the last year’s lockdowns. Though some have been hardcore and were able to tend to their plants indoors, I’m sure this spring season brings out another level of excitement for old and new plant-lovers alike. 

Have you prepared your garden for this year’s planting season?

If you haven’t yet, not to worry as anytime can be a good time to start as long as you follow these simple steps. 

Let us know in the comment box below if you’re all prepped for Gardening 2021.

  1. Condition your mind – planting can be easy, okay, or hard depending on someone’s state of mind. What may be simple to some can be hard for you if you haven’t set your mind to work for a great garden. 

If you have the budget to pay for someone to landscape and create a beautiful garden for you, contact ORGANICSCAPES for professional landscaping. If you don’t or won’t have, you need to put in quite a bit more effort. After all, do you think that beautifully manicured lawn in your neighbor’s yard just sprouted overnight and out of the blue? It takes a lot of care and love to get a perfect one. But you don’t have to be overwhelmed with the commitment. 

How? Check the next steps. 

  1. Create a plan – do you want a simple one with a few pots and a couple of raised beds? Or do you want a Versailles-inspired lawn/garden? Would you love to have a floral or a vegetable garden or a mixed of all that you want. Again, make a plan – check how much time, effort and budget can you commit to doing it.
  1. Stretch out – if you haven’t been so active lately but decided you’d go for it and create your own garden maze, then might as well stretch and do a few warm-ups before you prepare your garden. You don’t want your arms and back hurting the next day and then having the excuse not to continue just because of it. Unless that was your plan in the 1st place.. (wink*wink* to those who were given responsibilities in cleaning up the yard, I hear ya!)
  1. Tools – check all your garden essentials stored in the topmost part of your cabinets gathering dust and waiting for your comeback after buying them a few years ago. Still no rust? Great! Just clean and oil a few and you’re good to go. If you don’t have the garden tools, check out this link for some tools’ vocabulary that even your preschooler can understand by looking at the pictures.  

Gardening Tools: Names, List with Useful Pictures

Mentally prepared – check!

Physically prepared – check

Tools prepared – check!

Will just list down quickly the next steps that you would need to finish the preparation:

Do a spring cleaning in the area and clear out the weeds, debris, toys, and other items you’ve left out to break up and wish to disintegrate in the cold harsh weather. (I still see ya…you who were tasked to be the responsible one…wink!)

Prune – nope not the preserved plum that some would disguise as a tasteful wine. Prune in gardening terms, is removing the damaged/diseased part of the plant.

Prepare the soil

Set up new planters and garden beds

Choose and research wisely on the plants that you wanted to grow if you’re a beginner or if you just wanted to plant a new one that you haven’t previously done before.

Here’s a guide to “Selecting Native Plants for Home Landscapes in Central Oregon”

Early planting – if it’s still too cold to grow your chosen plant, you can try and plant them in small pots indoors and put them out and replant once the temperature is okay to do so.

Apply mulch for healthier soil and plants not having to compete with unnecessary weeds.

Written with reference to “Spring Garden Preparation Checklist”. 

So there you have it, hope you had fun reading this. If you want more information, you can check the links I’ve provided above and, other web resources and books for check-out on this link provided by the Deschutes Public Library.

DPL High Desert Gardening

 Happy gardening!

written by Chrissie for Bend Rental Guide

Photo by Tabitha Mort on