Winter Range Closures on the Deschutes

Winter range is habitat deer and elk migrate to in order to find more favorable living conditions during the winter.  Winter range is found predominantly in lower elevations of central Oregon and is extremely important to mule deer survival. Winter ranges usually have minimal amounts of snow cover and provide vegetation for forage, hiding cover, and protection from the weather. In Oregon, mule deer migrate, often long distances, to lower elevations to escape or minimize exposure to snow cover. 

As human populations continue to grow and the ability to access more lands increases, disturbance in mule deer habitats increases. Expending energy or stopping feeding activities to avoid humans causes deer to use energy reserves that might be needed to get them through the harshness of winter. Animals respond better to disturbances that are predictable, so please respect winter closures on trails and roads.

West Bend Area: Trail, Road & Area Closures

The following closures are currently in place for the greater West Bend area trails 7 days/week:

  • Storm King between Storm King’s junction with Phil’s Trail and Grand Slam (MAP)
  • Dynah-Moe Humm Trail is closed starting at Edison SnoPark heading east approximately 2.2 miles to the junction of Forest Service Roads 4188-500 and 4188-300. (MAP)
  • REMOVED 11/22/21 - Phil’s Trail is closed between the 4601-336 Road and the 300 Road. Downhill riders can reroute around the Phil’s Trail closure by following the 4601-336 to the east and then taking the 300 road to the north to its intersection with Phil’s trail.
  • REMOVED 11/19/21 - Lower Whoops and Pine Drops are closed between the 310 road and the 300 road.  

Central Oregon Fire

Are you looking for information on smoke, wildfires or prescribed burning in Central Oregon? Check out this website to learn more www.centraloregonfire.org 

Winter Safety Guide

We hope you enjoy winter recreation on the Deschutes National Forest. Please take a look at some of these tips to keep you, your family and others safe!

Shield Project Information

The Deschutes National Forest has begun the “Shield” forest management project in the Newberry Caldera to remove trees that are exhibiting signs of future failure from insect infestation and disease.

While Little Crater, East Lake Campground and boat launch, Newberry Group Camp and East Lake RV park are complete and back on the reservation system, Cinder Hill and Chief Paulina Horse Camp will remain closed for a portion of the 2019 summer to allow for the removal of trees. Additionally, marked trees adjacent to campgrounds and on roadways will be removed. We anticipate the contractor will work Monday-Friday 7:00a.m.-7:00 p.m although work could occasionally continue on a weekend. We know that this work temporarily impacts visitor’s use and experience of the Caldera but maintaining the health of our forest provides a significant long-term benefit to the public’s enjoyment of the area into the future. Thanks for your patience!

2021 Central Cascades Wilderness Trip Planning

The Central Cascades wilderness areas of Oregon are home to iconic mountain peaks, high alpine meadows and lakes, and old growth forests. Crystal clear streams, wildflower meadows, rugged mountain views, young lava flows, and much more can be found in the Mount Jefferson, Mount Washington and Three Sisters Wilderness areas.

In an effort to preserve the natural beauty and wilderness experience for you and future visitors and to better manage recreation-related impacts, these areas will be managed with use limits, or quotas, to ensure the protection of these landscapes now and into the future. Find out what is new in 2021, and start planning your trip. 

Fire Information

Resources for general and current fire information.

West Bend Project

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 occurred creating a forested of different aged trees, underbrush, and openings, which allowed a diversity of wildlife and plants to flourish and kept forests resilient to large scale disturbances. The West Bend Vegetation Management Project's goal is to restore a more resilent and healthy forest. For additional information go to www.deschutescollaborativeforest.org.

Check here for up-to-date information on trail closures!

Spring Photo Gallery

Warm weather is on its way! Need some inspiration for planning your summer trips? Check out these beautiful destinations across the Deschutes National Forest!

Matsutake Mushroom Collection

Beginning Tuesday, September 7, 2021 and continuing until November 7, 2021 the Deschutes, Fremont-Winema and Willamette National Forests will provide an authorizing letter at no cost to allow for Matsutake collection, transport and sale instead of a paid permit. This interim change to the matsutake permitting process is a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and an effort to maximize social distancing measures to the extent possible.

Blue-green algae information

The Deschutes National Forest encourages people recreating on the national forest to be aware of potential blue-green algae blooms on lakes and reservoirs as the weather warms. Not all algae in lakes and reservoirs is blue-green algae. Learn to tell the difference here.

Cyanobacteria, commonly called blue-green algae, are not algae but a primitive single celled bacterium found naturally in fresh and saltwater. Under certain conditions, they multiply into a large visible mass called a "bloom." These blooms can be associated with toxins and can cause harm to humans and animals.

For more information on blue-green algae please go to the Oregon Health Authority website.

Sno-Parks and You

Sno-Parks on the Deschutes National Forest are managed under a partnership with the State of Oregon. Sno-Park permits are not available at Forest Service offices because they are State permits, but they are available from many vendors across Central Oregon. To find out more about Sno-Parks you can get more information at this link: https://www.oregon.gov/odot/forms/dmv/6642.pdf