Recreation

Todd Lake - Deschutes National ForestLocated on the eastern slopes of the Cascades in Central Oregon, the Deschutes National Forest offers year-round recreation opportunities. Home to more than 1.6 million acres, the Forest spans a variety of landscapes and ecosystems. The Forest gains more than 9,000 feet in eleveation from its lowest point at Lake Billy Chinook (1,950 ft) to its highest atop South Sister's summit (10.358 ft).

With more than 80 campgrounds across the Deschutes National Forest, visitors enjoy campsites featuring a wide-variety of picturesque backdrops. Camping opportunities range from rustic, walk-in sites to sites accomodating full-size RV's and trailers.

Five wilderness areas fall within the Deschutes National Forest boundary--Diamond Peak Wilderness, Mt. Jefferson Wilderness, Mt. Thielsen Wilderness, Mt. Washington Wilderness and Three Sisters Wilderness. Each wilderness offers visitors a unique experience; from sweeping summit views to alpine lakes, these areas provide the perfeect backdrop for a day hike or backpacking trip.

Three scenic byways wind through the Forest--Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway, McKenzie Pass-Santiam Pass Scenic Byway and the Outback Scenic Byway. The Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway heads west out of Bend, winds up past Mt. Bachelor before depositing visitors at the base of South Sister and Broken Top, as well as prodviding access to dozens of lakes. The McKenzie Pass-Santiam Pass Scenic Byway leaves Sisters, before climbing two passes and carveing through 82 miles of wide-open lava fields interspersed among desnse forest canopy. The Outback Scenic Byway stretches through the southeastern portion of Central Oregon, covering 171 miles of geologic wonder.

Deschutes National Forest Interactive Visitor Map

Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
370/380 Junction Trailhead Open to Visitor
370/4601 Junction Trailhead Closed to Visitor
Allen Springs Campground Open to Visitor undefined
Allingham Campground Open to Visitor
Arlies Rock/North Gateway Information Viewpoint Closed to Visitor
Aspen Day Use Area Open to Visitor
Beach Picnic Area Open to Visitor
Bear Valley Trailhead Closed to Visitor
Benham Falls West Day Use / Trailhead Open to Visitor
Bessie Butte Trail Open to Visitor undefined
Besson Picnic Area Open to Visitor
Big Cove Boat In Campground Open to Visitor
Big Eddy Trailhead Open to Visitor
Big River Boating Site Open to Visitor
Big River Campground/Big River Group Closed to Visitor
Black Butte Trailhead Open to Visitor
Black Crater Trailhead Open to Visitor
Blue Bay Boating Site Open to Visitor undefined
Blue Bay Campground Open to Visitor undefined
Boundary Springs Campground   
Boyd Cave Day Use Area Open to Visitor
Broken Top Trail   
Broken Top Trailhead Closed to Visitor
Bull Bend Boating Site Open to Visitor
Bull Bend Campground Closed to Visitor
Buttes Loop Trailhead Open to Visitor
Camp II OHV Staging Area Open to Visitor
Camp Sherman Campground Open to Visitor undefined
Candle Creek Campground Open to Visitor undefined
Chief Paulina Horse Camp Open to Visitor
China Hat Campground Open to Visitor
Cinder Hill Campground Open to Visitor
Cold Springs Campground Open to Visitor undefined
Contorta Flat Campground Open to Visitor undefined
Contorta Point Group Campground Closed to Visitor
Corral Swamp Trailhead Closed to Visitor
Cow Meadow Campground Closed to Visitor
Crane Prairie Boating Site Open to Visitor
Crane Prairie Campground Open to Visitor
Crater Butte Trailhead Open to Visitor undefined
Crater Ditch Trailhead Open to Visitor
Crescent Creek Campground Open to Visitor undefined
Crescent Lake Boat Launch Open to Visitor undefined
Crescent Lake Campground Open to Visitor undefined
Crescent Lake Guard Station Open to Visitor undefined
Crescent Lake Sno-Park Open to Visitor undefined
Crescent Ranger District Office Closed to Visitor undefined
Cultus Corral Horse Camp Closed to Visitor undefined
Cultus Lake Boating Site Open to Visitor
Cultus Lake Campground Open to Visitor
Cultus Lake Day Use Area Open to Visitor undefined
Deer Lake Trailhead Open to Visitor
Devils Lake Campground Closed to Visitor
Devils Lake/South Sister Trailhead Open to Visitor
Dillon Falls Day Use Area Open to Visitor
Driftwood Campground Closed to Visitor
Dutchman Sno-Park/Trailhead Open to Visitor
East Davis Lake Campground Open to Visitor undefined
East Fort Rock OHV Trail System Open to Visitor undefined
East Lake Campground Open to Visitor
Edison Butte OHV Trail System Open to Visitor
Edison Butte Sno-Park/Staging Area/Trailhead Open to Visitor
Elk Lake Boating Site Open to Visitor
Elk Lake Campground Open to Visitor
Elk Lake Guard Station Closed to Visitor
Elk Lake Trailhead Closed to Visitor
Fall River Campground Closed to Visitor
Fall River Guard Station Closed to Visitor
Gorge Campground Open to Visitor undefined
Graham Corral Horse Camp Open to Visitor undefined
Green Lakes/Soda Creek Trailhead Closed to Visitor
Gull Point Boating Site Open to Visitor
Gull Point Campground Open to Visitor undefined
Horse Butte Trailhead Open to Visitor
Hosmer Lake Boating Site Open to Visitor
Indian Ford Campground Open to Visitor undefined
Irish & Taylor Lakes   
Jack Creek Campground Open to Visitor undefined
Junction Sno-Park Open to Visitor undefined
Kapka Sno-Park Open to Visitor '
Lava Camp Lake Campground Closed to Visitor
Lava Cast Forest Day Use Interpretive Site Open to Visitor undefined
Lava Island Day Use Area Open to Visitor
Lava Lake Boating Site Open to Visitor
Lava Lake Campground Open to Visitor
Lava Lands Visitor Center Closed to Visitor undefined
Lava River Cave Interpretive Site Closed to Visitor
Lemish Lake Trailhead Closed to Visitor undefined
Link Creek Campground Closed to Visitor
Little Cove Boat-In Campground Open to Visitor undefined
Little Crater Boating Site Open to Visitor
Little Crater Campground Open to Visitor
Little Crater Day Use Site Open to Visitor undefined
Little Cultus Boating Site Open to Visitor undefined
Little Cultus Campground Open to Visitor
Little Cultus Lake    undefined
Little Fawn Boating Site Open to Visitor undefined
Little Fawn Campground Open to Visitor Water will not be available at this campground for the 2020 season. Please plan ahead and bring the water you will need for your visit.
Little Fawn Group Campground Closed to Visitor
Little Lava Lake Boating Site Open to Visitor undefined
Little Lava Lake Campground Open to Visitor
Lower Bridge Campground Open to Visitor undefined
Lower Canyon Creek Campground Closed to Visitor
Lucky Lake Trailhead Open to Visitor
Mallard Marsh Campground Open to Visitor
Many Lakes Trailhead Closed to Visitor
McKay Crossing Campground Open to Visitor
Meadow Day Use Area Open to Visitor
Meek Lake Trail    undefined
Meissner Sno-Park/Trailhead Open to Visitor
Monty Campground Open to Visitor
Newberry Group Campground Closed to Visitor
North Davis Boating Site Open to Visitor undefined
North Davis Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Water will not be available at this campground for the 2020 season. Please plan ahead and bring the water you will need for your visit.
North Twin Boating Site Open to Visitor undefined
North Twin Lake Campground Open to Visitor undefined
North Wickiup Boating Site Open to Visitor undefined
Odd Fellows Cabins Closed to Visitor undefined
Odell Lake    undefined
Ogden Group Campground Closed to Visitor Group campgrounds will not open until social distancing measures are reevaluated.
Osprey Point Trailhead Open to Visitor undefined
Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail - Cowhorn    undefined
Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail - Diamond Peak    undefined
Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail - Three Sister   
Paulina Falls Day Use Area Open to Visitor
Paulina Falls Trail Open to Visitor undefined
Paulina Lake Boating Site Open to Visitor
Paulina Lake Campground Open to Visitor
Paulina Lake Day Use Area Open to Visitor
Paulina Lake Lodge    undefined
Paulina Peak Trailhead Open to Visitor
Perry South Campground Open to Visitor
Peter Skene Ogden Trailhead Open to Visitor
Phil's Trailhead Open to Visitor
Pine Mountain Campground Open to Visitor
Pine Rest Campground Closed to Visitor
Pioneer Ford Campground Open to Visitor
Point Campground Open to Visitor
Prairie Campground Closed to Visitor
Princess Creek Boat Launch Open to Visitor undefined
Princess Creek Campground Open to Visitor undefined
Pringle Falls Campground Closed to Visitor
Quinn Meadow Horse Camp Open to Visitor
Quinn River Boating Site Closed to Visitor undefined
Quinn River Campground Closed to Visitor
Ray Atkeson Trailhead Open to Visitor undefined
Reservoir Campground Closed to Visitor
Rim Butte OHV Trail System Open to Visitor
Riverside Campground Open to Visitor
Road 25 OHV Staging Area Open to Visitor
Road 2510 OHV Staging Area Open to Visitor
Rock Creek Campground Open to Visitor Water will not be available at this campground for the 2020 season. Please plan ahead and bring the water you will need for your visit.
Rosary Lakes Trailhead Open to Visitor undefined
Scout Lake Campground Closed to Visitor
Sheep Bridge Campground Closed to Visitor
Sheep Springs Horse Camp Closed to Visitor
Simax Beach Picnic Area Open to Visitor undefined
Simax Group Campground Closed to Visitor
Sisters Cow Camp Horse Camp Closed to Visitor
Sisters Mirror Trailhead Closed to Visitor
Six Lakes Trailhead Closed to Visitor
Skyliners Sno-Park/Trailhead Open to Visitor
Slough Day Use Area Open to Visitor
Smiling River Campground Closed to Visitor
Soda Creek Campground Open to Visitor undefined
South Campground Open to Visitor undefined
South Lava OHV Staging Area Open to Visitor
South Shore Campground Closed to Visitor
South Twin Day Use Area Open to Visitor undefined
South Twin Lake Campground Open to Visitor
Sparks Lake Boating Site Open to Visitor undefined
Sparks Lake Day Use Area Open to Visitor undefined
Sparks Lake Trailhead Open to Visitor undefined
Spring Boat Launch Open to Visitor undefined
Spring Campground Open to Visitor undefined
Sun-Lava Paved Path Open to Visitor undefined
Sunset Cove Boat Launch Open to Visitor undefined
Sunset Cove Campground Open to Visitor undefined
Sunset View Day Use Area Open to Visitor undefined
Swamp Wells Horse Camp Closed to Visitor
Swampy Lakes Sno-Park/Trailhead Open to Visitor
Tandy Bay Picnic Area Open to Visitor undefined
Tenino Boating Site Open to Visitor
Tetherow Boat Launch Closed to Visitor
Three Creek Lake Campground Closed to Visitor
Three Creek Meadow Campground & Horsecamp Closed to Visitor undefined
Todd Creek Horse Camp Closed to Visitor undefined
Todd Creek Trailhead Closed to Visitor undefined
Todd Lake Campground Open to Visitor undefined
Todd Lake Day Use Area/Trailhead Closed to Visitor
Todd Trail   
Trapper Creek Boat Launch Open to Visitor undefined
Trapper Creek Campground Open to Visitor
Tumalo Falls Day Use Area Closed to Visitor
Vista Butte Sno-Park Open to Visitor
Wake Butte Trailhead Open to Visitor
Wanoga Snow Play Area Sno-Park Open to Visitor
West Cultus Boat In Open to Visitor undefined
West South Twin Boating Site Open to Visitor undefined
West South Twin Campground Open to Visitor undefined
Whispering Pine Horse Camp Closed to Visitor
Whitefish Horse Camp Open to Visitor
Whychus Creek Scenic Overlook Trailhead Open to Visitor undefined
Wickiup Plains Trailhead    undefined
Windy Group Campground Closed to Visitor
Winopee Trailhead Open to Visitor
Wyeth Boating Site Open to Visitor
Wyeth Campground Closed to Visitor

Spotlights

Newberry National Volcanic Monument - Deschutes NF

The Newberry Application

 

 

Click on the picture above to view the web application and come visit our Volcanic Wonders…Yours To Discover!

 

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.

 

 

Areas & Activities
App Icon Visual

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Mill Creek Wilderness

Ochoco NF & Crooked River NG Recreation Info Link opens in a new window

 



https://www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/deschutes/recreation