Little Crater Campground

Area Status: Closed
Little Crater Campsite

Little Crater Campground has 49 campsites located on or 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.

For a map of the campground go here.

There is a boat launch within this campground.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 2023 Season - The Forest Service conducts in-depth hazard tree inspections of developed recreation facilities on a regular interval. Little Crater Campground will close on September 24, 2023, to provide time to conduct inspections and remove identified hazard trees. Closing this facility a few weeks early this fall will minimize impacts to opening dates in spring 2024.
Operational Hours: Visit for current operating dates and to make a reservation. This campground will be closing at noon on October 1, 2023, and the last night to reserve a campsite is September 30, 2023.
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). 
  • Single Campsite Rate: $23/night
  • One vehicle included with reservation – Each Additional Vehicle: $10.00
  • NOTE: Holders of a Golden Age and Golden Access Passports and Senior and Access Passes are entitled to the following discounts on expanded amenity recreation fees: -  A 50 percent discount on the fee for a single camping unit. This discount does not apply to use of a cabin, lookout, double camping unit, triple camping unit, group camping unit, extra vehicle fees, or any additional camping units and separately charged utility, water, hook-up or day use fees.
  • Day Use: $5/vehicle/day at Little Crater Day Use Area
Open Season: Tentative Opening: June 16, 2023 - October 1, 2023
Usage: Heavy
  • Maximum site spur length is 30 feet.
  • The water system will be turned on in the month of May depending on weather conditions and will be turned off no later than September 30, 2023, or upon the campground closing, whichever is earlier, to prevent potential damage from cold temperatures.
Closest Towns: La Pine / Sunriver
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: Vista Recreation
Information Center: Bend-Fort Rock Ranger District
63095 Deschutes Market Road
Bend, OR 97701
(541) 383-5300

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.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

Little Crater Campground has 49 campsites located on or adjacent to Paulina Lake.

No. of Sites 49 single site(s)
No. of Accessible sites None

Lake and Pond Fishing

Day Hiking

Boating - Non-Motorized


Related Information

Recreation Areas

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