Little Crater Campground


Little Crater Campsite

This is probably the nicest campground in the Deschutes National Forest in terms of views and setting. If you are visiting Oregon with the aim of getting the best camping experience this might be it.  Offering campsites next to Paulina Lake, activities available at this site include hiking, bird watching, bicycling, sightseeing, access to Paulina Lakeshore Trail #3955, and Little Crater Trail #3953.

There is a boat launch within this campground.

At a Glance

Reservations: For reservations in this campground, visit
Fees Per night, per site fee: $18/first vehicle; $9/each additional vehicle.
Dump Station near the entrance to Paulina Campground: $10.
Open Season: June - mid October
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Maximum site spur length is 30 feet.
Water: Potable Water
Restroom: Vault Toilet
Passes: A valid Recreation Pass is required at Little Crater Boating and Picnic Site from May 1 through September 30.
Operated By: Hoodoo Recreation Services
Information Center: Within the Newberry National Volcanic Monument on the Deschutes National Forest Operated by Hoodoo Recreation Service

General Information


From Bend, OR: Travel 23.5 miles south on Highway 97, then 14.5 miles east on Road 21, and 0.5 miles north on Forest Road 2100 570.

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Campground Camping

This is one of the most popular campgrounds in all the Deschutes Forest. Be sure to arrive early, because this campground tends to fill by Thursday afternoon for most weekends. The two lakes in the Newberry Monument area are two of the most popular places to camp in Oregon. The lakes may be a bit cold for swimming, but are great for fishing and the views across the lakes are spectacular as they are located in the center of an extinct volcano, and you are camping on the lake edge with towering sides of the cone around you. Volcanic rock is within site all through the Monument area with some great hikes available through the lava and to nearby waterfalls. The 50 Little Crater sites specifically are on a fairly thin ledge right on the lake and all the campground sites are within a minute walk to the water. The sites are ample sized and most are good for both tents or RV and trailers. There is an RV dump station near the entry of Paulina Lake Campground.

Reservation InfoNot reservable
No. of Sites49 single site(s)
No. of Accessible sitesNone

RV Camping

The sites are ample sized and most are good for both tents or RV and trailers.

Reservation InfoNot reservable
Hookup - WaterNo
Size Restrictions30'
No. of Sites49
No. of Accessible sites0
Dump StationsNo
Hookups - ElectricNo
Pavement Type for ParkingNo
Hookup - SewerNo