The Deschutes & Ochoco National Forests & Crooked River National Grassland are located in central Oregon.
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Experience Your Central Oregon National Forests!

Welcome to your wild playground! The Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests and the Crooked River National Grassland offer an abundance of outdoor recreation.  Whether you enjoy the solitude of hunting and fly fishing, the adrenaline of river rafting and mountain biking, the challenge of climbing mountain peaks, or the pure pleasure of camping under the stars, you will find your place here.

As you explore, keep your personal safety and the safety of others in mind.  Be prepared for the inherent hazards of the outdoors and check current fire and safety alerts and weather conditions. 

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Lake with Mountains

Three Sisters Wilderness - Deschutes National Forest

Walton Lake - Ochoco National Forest

Walton Lake -Ochoco National Forest

Crooked River NG - Fall Colors

Fall Colors - Crooked River National Grassland

Deschutes Collaborative Forest Project

Community Members Lead Forest Restoration Efforts on the Deschutes National Forest


Since 2010, Central Oregon community members have provided leadership on restoring healthy forests on the Deschutes National Forest through the Deschutes Collaborative Forest Project.  Watch this video from the City of Bend to learn more about this important work and to find out how to be involved.


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West Bend Project

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We are restoring 26,000 acres of forest adjacent to the City of Bend to improve forest health, create a diversity of plant and wildlife habitat and to protect our communities and quality of life.

Historically in Central Oregon small wildfires or insect infestations regularly occurred and created a forested landscape of different aged trees, underbrush, and openings that allowed a diversity of wildlife and plant habitats to flourish and made forests resilient to large scale disturbances. As humans settled the area, large trees were removed for wood products and small fires were suppressed for public safety and profitability.  This human impact created a more uniform forest of even-aged trees, which is vulnerable to large-scale disturbances and less capable of supporting a diversity of wildlife and plants. The goal of the West Bend Vegetation Management Project is to restore a more historic and healthy forest landscape.

Ochoco Ranger Cabin Rental

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Looking for a winter retreat?  Check out the Ranger Rental Cabin on the Ochoco National Forest!  This cabin is located in the wintery wonderland of the Ochoco National Forest near Walton Sno-Park.  This year round rental has 3 bedrooms, 1 ½ bathrooms and sleeps 8 people.  Built in 1940, this two-story house was the home for the District Ranger at the Ochoco Ranger Station.  This cabin has a well-equipped kitchen, two car garage, and comes beautifully furnished.  For reservations, visit at:

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