Contorta Flat Campground

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

Contorta Flat Campsite

Contorta Flat is one of those “hidden treasures” of the Deschutes National Forest because it is isolated on the south side of Crescent Lake. This campground offers beautiful beach front camping and provides for great views of Diamond Peak.

This campground has13 tent/trailer/RV sites with 5 tent only sites. The historic Elliott Wagon Road (1853) passes near this site.

Find a map of this campground here.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Visit for current operating dates.
Reservations: Reservations can be made online through or by calling toll free 1-877-444-6777 (International 606-515-6777 or TDD 877-833-6777). 
  • Single Campsite Rate: $12/night
  • Premium Single Campsite Rate: $14/night
  • One vehicle included with reservation – Each Additional Vehicle: $8.00
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.
Usage: Medium
Restrictions: Maximum site spur length is 35 feet.
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet
Operated By: Deschutes Recreation
Information Center: Located within the Crescent area of the Deschutes National Forest; operated by Deschutes Recreation.  

General Information


From Crescent, OR: Travel 12.2 miles west on County Road 61/Crescent Cut-off Road, then 3.5 miles north on Highway 58, then 9.9 miles southwest on Forest Road 60.

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Campground Camping

This campground was named in 1925 after the lodgepole pine species (Pinus contorta), by F.W. Cleator of the Forest Service.  Although the sites are ideal for large RVs, there are some great tent sites as well right on the lake. You will need to go a little off the beaten path by taking a gravel road for the last few miles, but what you may find is a very nice campground with only you and your family occupying it. The sites are all close to the lake and large, but not isolated from one another. There is cell coverage but no water so bring your own. This campground might be the best deal in the Oregon Cascades.


No. of Sites 18 single site(s), 4 tent only site(s)
No. of Accessible sites None

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