Little Crater Campground

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Little Crater Campsite

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 National Volcanic 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 a sleeping 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. next to Paulina Lake, 953.

For a map of the campground go here.

There is a boat launch within this campground.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: UPDATE 7/3/21Paulina Lake has a *POSSIBLE* algae bloom.
Don't go into water that looks foamy, scummy, thick like paint, pea-green, blue-green or brownish red. A good rule of thumb for you and your pet is: When in Doubt, Stay Out! For more information, check the Oregon Health Authority website on Cyanobacteria (harmful algae) blooms.
Operational Hours: Visit for current operating dates and to make a reservation.
Reservations: Reservations can be made online at or by calling toll free 1-877-444-6777 (International 606-515-6777 or TDD 877-833-6777). 
  • Camping: Per night, per site fee: $18/first vehicle (RV); $18/second vehicle (RV); $9/each additional vehicle.  Dump Station: $10.
  • Day use: $10 Newberry National Volcanic Monument 3-Day Pass; $5/vehicle/day or valid Recreation Pass at nearby recreation sites with posted day use fees.
Dump Station near the entrance to Paulina Campground: $10.
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Maximum site spur length is 30 feet.
Water: Potable Water
Restroom: Vault Toilet
  • Camping: 50% discount for single site camping with any of these passes: Interagency Senior, Interagency Access, Golden Age, or Golden Access.
  • Day use: Recreation Passes may be used as a form of fee payment.
Operated By: Deschutes National Forest
Information Center: Located within the Newberry National Volcanic Monument on the Deschutes National Forest. 
  • Information Hotline: 541-383-5700

General Information


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

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