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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September To Remember

Are you ready for fall?

Someone just need to say it. Summer just flew like that…and it’s already September… For some, it can be a back-to-school bummer especially if you had a fun summer. But, instead of moping, let’s try to celebrate some special days that September has to offer.

Check out this list from the Spruce30 Reasons to Celebrate in September

Sure some of you would love the National Cheese Pizza Day, or Eat an Extra Dessert Day, or the National Beer Lover’s Day, or the National Coffee Day. The International Day of Peace also happens to be on September 21st, which is a worldwide holiday dedicated to strengthening peace among all people.

We can also try completing a 30-day Happiness Challenge for September. It could be as simple as “going for a walk”, “watching the sunrise”, or “reading a book”. You can make your own as long as it makes you happy, or you can try following this challenge on this link.

Or you might want to check out the different events happening this September in Bend through this link from Visit Bend’s site.

Whether it’s a national holiday or just something you’d want to celebrate, let’s hope to create a great September for a better mindset, especially after all that’s been happening ever since this pandemic began…

We owe ourselves some good, positive and responsible fun! Just always remember to stay safe whenever we leave our house!

If you’re still looking for a townhome, apartment, condo rental or your new home in Central Oregon, come and check us out at Bend Rental Guide.

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