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A view from Paulina Peak

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Recreation Conditions Report

Area Name Status Area Conditions
Allen Springs Campground Open Open
Allingham Campground Open Open
Arlies Rock/North Gateway Information Viewpoint Open Open
Aspen Day Use Area Open Open
Beach Picnic Area Open Open
Bear Valley Trailhead None None
Benham Falls East Day Use / Trailhead Open Open
Benham Falls West Day Use / Trailhead Open Open
Bessie Butte Trail Open Open
Besson Picnic Area Open Open
Big Cove Boat-In Campground Open Open
Big Eddy Trailhead Open Open
Big River Boating Site Open Open
Big River Campground/Big River Group Open Open
Black Butte Trailhead Open Open
Black Crater Trailhead None None
Blue Bay Boating Site Open Open
Blue Bay Campground Open Open
Boundary Springs Campground None None
Broken Top Trail None None
Broken Top Trailhead None None
Bull Bend Boating Site Open Open
Bull Bend Campground Open Open
Buttes Loop Trailhead Open Open
Camp II OHV Staging Area Open Open
Camp Sherman Campground Open Open
Candle Creek Campground Open Open
Chief Paulina Horse Camp Open Open
China Hat Campground Open Open
Cinder Hill Campground Open Open
Cold Springs Campground Open Open
Contorta Flat Campground Open Open
Contorta Point Group Campground Open Open
Corral Swamp Trailhead None None
Cow Meadow Campground Open Open
Crane Prairie Boating Site Open Open
Crane Prairie Campground Open Open
Crater Butte Trailhead Temporarily Closed Temporarily Closed August 3, 2022 - A multi-forest closure order is now in place to protect firefighter and public safety during suppression efforts associated with the Windigo and Potter Fires. View map of closure order.
Crater Ditch Trailhead None None
Crescent Creek Campground Open Open
Crescent Lake Boat Launch Open Open 2022 - Due to ongoing drought conditions and continually lowering water levels, the docks at this location will not be placed this season. 
Crescent Lake Campground Open Open
Crescent Lake Guard Station Open Open
Crescent Lake Sno-Park Open Open
Crescent Lake Yurts Open Open
Crescent Ranger District Office None None
Cultus Corral Horse Camp Open Open
Cultus Lake Boating Site Open Open
Cultus Lake Campground Open Open
Cultus Lake Day Use Area Open Open
Deer Lake Trailhead None None
Devils Lake Campground Open Open
Devils Lake/South Sister Trailhead Open Open
Dillon Falls Day Use Area Open Open
Driftwood Campground None None August 2022 - Due to staffing challenges, Three Creek Lake, Driftwood, and Three Creek Meadows campgrounds within the Three Creek Lake area will be closed to reservation camping for the 2022 season. Campers who previously made reservations for the sites will receive cancellation notices and a full refund of their reservation fees. The public is welcome to camp for free in designated sites within the three campgrounds. The Forest Service will provide periodic toilet service at the campgrounds until the staffing issue is resolved. Due to very limited garbage services the public is being asked to not leave trash at the campgrounds, but to take it with them when they go.
Dutchman Sno-Park/Trailhead Open Open
East Davis Lake Campground Open Open
East Fort Rock OHV Trail System Open Open
East Lake Campground Open Open
Edison Butte OHV Trail System Open Open
Edison Butte Sno-Park/Staging Area/Trailhead Open Open
Elk Lake Boating Site Open Open
Elk Lake Campground Open Open
Elk Lake Guard Station None None
Elk Lake Trailhead Open Open
Fall River Campground Open Open
Fall River Guard Station Open Open Reservation Only
Fall River Trailhead Open Open
Gorge Campground Open Open
Graham Corral Horse Camp Open Open 2022 - We have experienced a loss of water at this site. The Forest Service continues to explore alternative solutions for delivering water, but please plan to provide water for your stock animals.
Green Lakes/Soda Creek Trailhead Open Open
Gull Point Boating Site Open Open
Gull Point Campground Open Open
Horse Butte Trailhead Open Open
Hosmer Lake Boating Site Open Open
Indian Ford Campground Open Open
Irish-Taylor Trailhead None None
Jack Creek Campground Open Open
Jefferson Lake Trail Open Open
Jefferson Lake Trailhead Open Open
Junction Sno-Park Open Open
Kapka Sno-Park Open Open '
Lava Butte Interpretive Site Open Open
Lava Camp Lake Campground Open Open
Lava Cast Forest Day Use Interpretive Site Open Open
Lava Island Day Use Area Open Open
Lava Lake Boating Site Open Open
Lava Lake Campground Open Open
Lava Lands Visitor Center Open Open
Lava River Cave Interpretive Site Open Open Starting August 1, 2022, the Lava River Cave Timed Reservation Tickets System goes into effect. Timed reservations for Lava River Cave are available on Recreation.gov. Each timeslot allows access to Lava River Cave for 90-minutes when Lava River Cave is open.  Frequently Asked Questions
Lemish Lake Trailhead Closed Closed
Link Creek Campground Open Open
Little Cove Boat-In Campground Open Open
Little Crater Boating Site Open Open
Little Crater Campground Open Open
Little Crater Day Use Site Open Open
Little Cultus Boating Site None None
Little Cultus Campground Open Open
Little Cultus Lake None None
Little Fawn Boating Site Open Open
Little Fawn Campground Open Open
Little Lava Lake Boating Site Open Open
Little Lava Lake Campground Open Open
Lower Bridge Campground Open Open
Lower Canyon Creek Campground Open Open
Lucky Lake Trailhead Open Open
Mallard Marsh Campground Open Open
Many Lakes Trailhead None None
McKay Crossing Campground Open Open
Meadow Day Use Area Open Open
Meek Lake Trail Temporarily Closed Temporarily Closed August 3, 2022 - A multi-forest closure order is now in place to protect firefighter and public safety during suppression efforts associated with the Windigo and Potter Fires. This closure order includes Whitefish Horse Camp and the trails departing the Horse Camp. View map of closure order.
Meissner Sno-Park/Trailhead Open Open
Minto Lake Trail Unreachable Unreachable BEWARE! Since 2003, Brush Creek, Minto Lake, Sugar Pine Ridge Trail and northern sections of Summit Trail have been in a "no current maintenance" condition. 
With heavy blowdown, dense brush, lack of identifiable trail surface and erosion due to B & B Fire damage, these trails are considered impassable and are not recommended.
Monty Campground Open Open AUGUST 8-11, 15-16, 2022 - The road work slated for County Rd 64 (used to access Monty and Perry South Campgrounds) has changed. Crews will be moving equipment in on Monday, Aug. 8. No closures will be implemented this day. Work will tentatively occur Tues. Aug. 9 to Thurs. Aug. 11. There will be no access available between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. on these dates. The road will be available for limited use outside of these times. Due to inclement weather delays, the closures will also occur Monday, Aug. 15 and Tuesday, Aug. 16.
Newberry Group Campground Open Open
North Davis Boating Site Closed Closed CLOSED: This boat ramp is closed for the 2022 season due to significant hazard tree mitigation needs. The Forest Service has identified trees showing signs of future failure. In order to provide for public safety, this facility will remain closed until the hazards have been mitigated.
North Davis Creek Campground Closed Closed CLOSED: This campground is closed for the 2022 season due to significant hazard tree mitigation needs. The Forest Service has identified trees showing signs of future failure. In order to provide for public safety, this facility will remain closed until the hazards have been mitigated.
North Twin Boating Site Open Open Spring 2022 - Please help us preserve the integrity of the access road by driving slowly. The access road has recently been graded and re-graveled.
North Twin Lake Campground Open Open Spring 2022 - Please help us preserve the integrity of the access road by driving slowly. The access road has recently been graded and re-graveled.
North Wickiup Boating Site Open Open  2022 - Due to ongoing drought conditions and continually lowering water levels, the docks at this location will not be placed this season.
Odd Fellows Cabins Closed Closed
Odell Lake None None
Ogden Group Campground Open Open ATTENTION: The water system at this location has failed and there will be no water service at this site for the 2022 season. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Osprey Point Trailhead Closed Closed
Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail - Cowhorn Temporarily Closed Temporarily Closed August 3, 2022 - A multi-forest closure order is now in place to protect firefighter and public safety during suppression efforts associated with the Windigo and Potter Fires. View map of closure order. Visit the Pacific Crest Trail Association to stay up-to-date on closures and reroutes.
Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail - Diamond Peak Temporarily Closed Temporarily Closed August 3, 2022 - A multi-forest closure order is now in place to protect firefighter and public safety during suppression efforts associated with the Windigo and Potter Fires. View map of closure order. Visit the Pacific Crest Trail Association to stay up-to-date on closures and reroutes.
Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail - Three Sister None None
Paulina Falls Day Use Area Open Open
Paulina Falls Trail None None
Paulina Lake Boating Site Open Open
Paulina Lake Campground Open Open
Paulina Lake Day Use Area Open Open
Paulina Peak Trailhead Open Open
Perry South Campground Open Open AUGUST 8-11, 15-16, 2022 - The road work slated for County Rd 64 (used to access Monty and Perry South Campgrounds) has changed. Crews will be moving equipment in on Monday, Aug. 8. No closures will be implemented this day. Work will tentatively occur Tues. Aug. 9 to Thurs. Aug. 11. There will be no access available between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. on these dates. The road will be available for limited use outside of these times. Due to inclement weather delays, the closures will also occur Monday, Aug. 15 and Tuesday, Aug. 16.
Peter Skene Ogden Trailhead Open Open
Phil's Trailhead Open Open Check West Bend Area: Trail, Road & Area Closures page for current trail closures.
Pine Mountain Campground Open Open
Pine Rest Campground Open Open
Pioneer Ford Campground Open Open
Point Campground Open Open
Prairie Campground Open Open ATTENTION: The water system at this location has failed and there will be no water service at this site for the 2022 season. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Princess Creek Boat Launch Open Open
Princess Creek Campground Open Open
Pringle Falls Campground Open Open
Quinn Meadow Horse Camp Open Open
Quinn River Boating Site Open Open
Quinn River Campground Open Open
Ray Atkeson Trailhead Open Open
Reservoir Campground Closed Closed CLOSED: This campground is closed for the 2022 season due to significant hazard tree mitigation needs. The Forest Service has identified trees showing signs of future failure. In order to provide for public safety, this facility will remain closed until the hazards have been mitigated.
Rim Butte OHV Trail System Open Open
Riverside Campground Open Open
Road 25 OHV Staging Area Open Open
Road 2510 OHV Staging Area Open Open
Rock Creek Boating Site Open Open
Rock Creek Campground Open Open
Rosary Lakes Trailhead None None
Scout Lake Campground Open Open
Scout Lake Day Use Area Open Open
Senoj Lake Trail #14.1 None None
Sheep Bridge Boating Site Open Open
Sheep Bridge Campground Open Open
Sheep Springs Horse Camp Open Open
Simax Beach Picnic Area Open Open
Simax Group Campground Open Open
Sisters Cow Camp Horse Camp Open Open
Sisters Mirror Trailhead Open Open
Six Lakes Trailhead Open Open
Skyliners Sno-Park/Trailhead Open Open
Slough Day Use Area Open Open
Smiling River Campground Open Open
Soda Creek Campground Open Open
South Campground Open Open
South Lava OHV Staging Area Open Open
South Shore Campground Open Open
South Twin Day Use Area Open Open
South Twin Lake Campground Open Open
Sparks Lake Boating Site Open Open
Sparks Lake Day Use Area Open Open
Sparks Lake Trailhead Open Open
Spring Boat Launch Open Open 2022 - Due to ongoing drought conditions and continually lowering water levels, the docks at this location will not be placed this season.
Spring Campground Open Open
Sun-Lava Paved Path Open Open
Sunset Cove Boat Launch Open Open
Sunset Cove Campground Open Open
Sunset View Day Use Area Open Open
Swamp Wells Horse Camp None None
Swampy Lakes Sno-Park/Trailhead Open Open
Tam McArthur Rim Trailhead Open Open
Tam McArthur Trail Open Open
Tandy Bay Picnic Area Open Open
Tenino Boating Site Open Open
Tetherow Boat Launch Open Open
Three Creek Lake Campground None None August 2022 - Due to staffing challenges, Three Creek Lake, Driftwood, and Three Creek Meadows campgrounds within the Three Creek Lake area will be closed to reservation camping for the 2022 season. Campers who previously made reservations for the sites will receive cancellation notices and a full refund of their reservation fees. The public is welcome to camp for free in designated sites within the three campgrounds. The Forest Service will provide periodic toilet service at the campgrounds until the staffing issue is resolved. Due to very limited garbage services the public is being asked to not leave trash at the campgrounds, but to take it with them when they go.
Three Creek Meadow Horse Camp None None August 2022 - Due to staffing challenges, Three Creek Lake, Driftwood, and Three Creek Meadows campgrounds within the Three Creek Lake area will be closed to reservation camping for the 2022 season. Campers who previously made reservations for the sites will receive cancellation notices and a full refund of their reservation fees. The public is welcome to camp for free in designated sites within the three campgrounds. The Forest Service will provide periodic toilet service at the campgrounds until the staffing issue is resolved. Due to very limited garbage services the public is being asked to not leave trash at the campgrounds, but to take it with them when they go.
Todd Creek Horse Camp Open Open
Todd Creek Trailhead Open Open
Todd Lake Campground None None Wilderness permits are not required to access/use Todd Lake.

However, recreators who use the nearby Todd Lake Trail are required to acquire a Central Cascades Wilderness Permit in advance for both day use and for overnight use. See "Permit Info" below for more details.
Todd Lake Day Use Area/Trailhead Open Open Wilderness permits are not required to access/use Todd Lake. However, permits are required to hike the nearby Todd Lake Trail #34 or if entering the Three Sisters Wilderness.
Trapper Creek Boat Launch Open Open
Trapper Creek Campground Open Open
Tumalo Falls Day Use Area Open Open
Vista Butte Sno-Park Open Open
Wake Butte Trailhead Open Open
Wanoga Snow Play Area Sno-Park Open Open July 2022 - Trail Closure: Funner will be closed from Wanoga Sno-Park east to the junction with FSR 4613-050. FSR 4614 will also be closed between the junction with FSR 4614-400 north to the Cascade Lakes Highway. Closures will be in effect from 10 p.m. Sunday to Friday at 3 p.m. Access is open from 3 p.m. Friday to 10 p.m. Sunday. Tiddlywinks Trail will be closed between Wanoga SnoPark and the junction with Forest Service Road 4613. (See Map)
West Cultus Boat-In Campground Open Open
West South Twin Boating Site Open Open
West South Twin Campground Open Open
Whispering Pine Horse Camp Open Open
Whitefish Horse Camp Temporarily Closed Temporarily Closed August 3, 2022 - A multi-forest closure order is now in place to protect firefighter and public safety during suppression efforts associated with the Windigo and Potter Fires. This closure order includes Whitefish Horse Camp and the trails departing the Horse Camp. View map of closure order.
Whychus Creek Scenic Overlook Trailhead Open Open
Wickiup Plains Trailhead None None
Windy Group Campground Open Open
Winopee Trailhead None None
Wyeth Boating Site Open Open
Wyeth Campground Open Open

Spotlights

Newberry National Volcanic Monument - Deschutes NF

Aerial view of Newberry Caldera In November of 1990, Newberry National Volcanic Monument was created within the boundaries of Deschutes National Forest. Managed by the U.S. Forest Service, this monument provides a unique opportunity to view the Lava Lands of central Oregon. Newberry National Volcanic National Monument includes 54,000+ acres of lakes, lava flows, and spectacular geologic features in central Oregon. The highest point within the Monument is the summit Paulina Peak (7,985 ft.), showcasing views of the Cascades, Newberry Caldera and across the High Desert.

Aerial view of Lava Butte. Although commonly referred to as Newberry Crater, the "crater" is in fact a caldera formed when the overlying rocks collapse when a magma chamber is emptied. The caldera stretches across 17 square miles in the heart of the volcano. The 1,200 square mile volcano (about the size of Rhode Island) remains very active to this day. Newberry is both seismically and geothermally active. Geologists believe the caldera sits over a shallow magma body only 2 to 5 kilometers deep. Visitors see numerous cinder cones and vents (over 400 throughout the area), miles of basalt flows, as well as rhyolite flows of obsidian.

  • For up-to-date facts on Newberry Volcano, click here.
  • Read the latest version of Volcanic Vistas.
  • Enjoy this video highlighting the accessibility of Lava Lands Visitor Center!

Cascade Lakes Welcome Station

Front of the Cascade Lakes Welcome Station Building

Located just past mile post seven on the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway, the Cascade Lakes Welcome Station serves as a gateway to some of the most popular trails, lakes and recreation areas on the Deschutes National Forest. The Welcome Station also offers parking and access to Phil’s and Wanoga mountain biking trails systems.

The Cascade Lakes Welcome Station provides visitors an opportunity to buy recreation passes, local maps, guidebooks and other educational materials. In addition to offering one-day recreation passes and the annual Northwest Forest Pass (good for all National Forests in Oregon and Washington), the Welcome Station also offers a number of interagency pass options.

Staffed with both Forest Service rangers and employees from Discover Your Forest, the Deschutes National Forest’s non-profit partner, the Welcome Station gives visitors the opportunity to ask questions, while learning about trail conditions and closures.

Visitors can plan their trips using a new, interactive touch screen map. They can learn more about our local wilderness areas and what they can do to help protect them while exploring the region on a giant floor map. Additional interpretive exhibits are planned and will be implemented in the coming seasons.

 

 

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