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
Allen Springs Campground Closed to Visitor To support state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, effective March 25, 2020, all Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed until such measures are lifted.
Allingham Campground Closed to Visitor To support state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, effective March 25, 2020, all Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed until such measures are lifted.
Big Cove Boat In Campground Closed to Visitor To support state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, effective March 25, 2020, all Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed until such measures are lifted.
Big River Campground/Big River Group Closed to Visitor To support state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, effective March 25, 2020, all Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed until such measures are lifted.
Blue Bay Campground Closed to Visitor To support state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, effective March 25, 2020, all Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed until such measures are lifted.
Bull Bend Campground Closed to Visitor To support state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, effective March 25, 2020, all Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed until such measures are lifted.
Camp Sherman Campground Closed to Visitor To support state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, effective March 25, 2020, all Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed until such measures are lifted.
Candle Creek Campground Closed to Visitor To support state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, effective March 25, 2020, all Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed until such measures are lifted.
China Hat Campground Open to Visitor To support state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, effective March 25, 2020, all Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed until such measures are lifted.
Cinder Hill Campground Closed to Visitor To support state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, effective March 25, 2020, all Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed until such measures are lifted.
Cold Springs Campground Closed to Visitor To support state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, effective March 25, 2020, all Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed until such measures are lifted.
Contorta Flat Campground Closed to Visitor
Contorta Point Group Campground Closed to Visitor To support state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, effective March 25, 2020, all Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed until such measures are lifted.
Cow Meadow Campground Closed to Visitor To support state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, effective March 25, 2020, all Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed until such measures are lifted.
Crane Prairie Campground Closed to Visitor To support state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, effective March 25, 2020, all Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed until such measures are lifted.
Crescent Creek Campground Closed to Visitor To support state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, effective March 25, 2020, all Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed until such measures are lifted.
Crescent Lake Campground Closed to Visitor To support state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, effective March 25, 2020, all Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed until such measures are lifted.
Crescent Lake Guard Station Closed to Visitor undefined
Cultus Corral Horse Camp Closed to Visitor To support state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, effective March 25, 2020, all Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed until such measures are lifted.
Cultus Lake Campground Closed to Visitor To support state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, effective March 25, 2020, all Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed until such measures are lifted.
Devils Lake Campground Closed to Visitor To support state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, effective March 25, 2020, all Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed until such measures are lifted.
Driftwood Campground Closed to Visitor To support state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, effective March 25, 2020, all Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed until such measures are lifted.
East Davis Lake Campground Closed to Visitor To support state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, effective March 25, 2020, all Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed until such measures are lifted.
East Lake Campground Closed to Visitor To support state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, effective March 25, 2020, all Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed until such measures are lifted.
Elk Lake Campground Closed to Visitor To support state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, effective March 25, 2020, all Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed until such measures are lifted.
Elk Lake Guard Station Closed to Visitor
Fall River Campground Closed to Visitor To support state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, effective March 25, 2020, all Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed until such measures are lifted.
Fall River Guard Station Closed to Visitor
Gorge Campground Closed to Visitor To support state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, effective March 25, 2020, all Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed until such measures are lifted.
Graham Corral Horse Camp Closed to Visitor To support state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, effective March 25, 2020, all Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed until such measures are lifted.
Gull Point Campground Closed to Visitor To support state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, effective March 25, 2020, all Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed until such measures are lifted.
Indian Ford Campground Closed to Visitor To support state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, effective March 25, 2020, all Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed until such measures are lifted.
Jack Creek Campground Closed to Visitor To support state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, effective March 25, 2020, all Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed until such measures are lifted.
Lava Camp Lake Campground Closed to Visitor To support state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, effective March 25, 2020, all Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed until such measures are lifted. New for 2020, trails in Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Washington, and Three Sisters Wilderness Areas will require a Central Cascades Wilderness Permit for overnight use and some will require one for day-use. Learn more.
Lava Lake Campground Closed to Visitor To support state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, effective March 25, 2020, all Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed until such measures are lifted.
Link Creek Campground Closed to Visitor To support state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, effective March 25, 2020, all Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed until such measures are lifted. Link Creek Yurts open year-round.
Little Cove Boat-In Campground Closed to Visitor To support state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, effective March 25, 2020, all Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed until such measures are lifted.
Little Crater Campground Closed to Visitor To support state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, effective March 25, 2020, all Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed through May 8, or until such measures are lifted.
Little Cultus Campground Closed to Visitor To support state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, effective March 25, 2020, all Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed through May 8, or until such measures are lifted.
Little Fawn Campground Closed to Visitor To support state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, effective March 25, 2020, all Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed until such measures are lifted.
Little Fawn Group Campground Closed to Visitor To support state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, effective March 25, 2020, all Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed until such measures are lifted.
Little Lava Lake Campground Closed to Visitor To support state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, effective March 25, 2020, all Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed until such measures are lifted.
Lower Bridge Campground Closed to Visitor To support state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, effective March 25, 2020, all Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed until such measures are lifted.
Lower Canyon Creek Campground Closed to Visitor To support state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, effective March 25, 2020, all Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed until such measures are lifted.
Mallard Marsh Campground Closed to Visitor To support state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, effective March 25, 2020, all Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed through May 8, or until such measures are lifted.
McKay Crossing Campground Closed to Visitor To support state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, effective March 25, 2020, all Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed until such measures are lifted.
Monty Campground Closed to Visitor To support state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, effective March 25, 2020, all Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed until such measures are lifted.
Newberry Group Campground Closed to Visitor To support state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, effective March 25, 2020, all Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed until such measures are lifted.
North Davis Creek Campground Closed to Visitor To support state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, effective March 25, 2020, all Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed until such measures are lifted.
North Twin Lake Campground Closed to Visitor To support state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, effective March 25, 2020, all Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed until such measures are lifted.
Ogden Group Campground Closed to Visitor To support state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, effective March 25, 2020, all Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed until such measures are lifted.
Paulina Lake Campground Closed to Visitor To support state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, effective March 25, 2020, all Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed until such measures are lifted.
Perry South Campground Closed to Visitor To support state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, effective March 25, 2020, all Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed until such measures are lifted.
Pine Mountain Campground Closed to Visitor To support state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, effective March 25, 2020, all Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed until such measures are lifted.
Pine Rest Campground Closed to Visitor To support state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, effective March 25, 2020, all Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed until such measures are lifted.
Pioneer Ford Campground Closed to Visitor To support state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, effective March 25, 2020, all Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed until such measures are lifted.
Point Campground Closed to Visitor To support state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, effective March 25, 2020, all Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed through May 8, or until such measures are lifted.
Prairie Campground Closed to Visitor To support state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, effective March 25, 2020, all Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed until such measures are lifted.
Princess Creek Campground Closed to Visitor To support state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, effective March 25, 2020, all Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed until such measures are lifted.
Pringle Falls Campground Closed to Visitor To support state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, effective March 25, 2020, all Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed until such measures are lifted.
Quinn Meadow Horse Camp Closed to Visitor To support state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, effective March 25, 2020, all Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed through May 8, or until such measures are lifted.
Quinn River Campground Closed to Visitor To support state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, effective March 25, 2020, all Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed through May 8, or until such measures are lifted.
Reservoir Campground Closed to Visitor To support state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, effective March 25, 2020, all Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed until such measures are lifted.
Riverside Campground Closed to Visitor To support state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, effective March 25, 2020, all Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed until such measures are lifted.
Rock Creek Campground Closed to Visitor To support state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, effective March 25, 2020, all Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed until such measures are lifted.
Scout Lake Campground Closed to Visitor To support state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, effective March 25, 2020, all Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed until such measures are lifted.
Sheep Bridge Campground Closed to Visitor To support state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, effective March 25, 2020, all Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed until such measures are lifted.
Sheep Springs Horse Camp Closed to Visitor To support state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, effective March 25, 2020, all Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed until such measures are lifted.
Simax Group Campground Closed to Visitor To support state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, effective March 25, 2020, all Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed until such measures are lifted.
Sisters Cow Camp Horse Camp Closed to Visitor To support state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, effective March 25, 2020, all Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed until such measures are lifted.
Smiling River Campground Closed to Visitor To support state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, effective March 25, 2020, all Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed until such measures are lifted.
Soda Creek Campground Closed to Visitor To support state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, effective March 25, 2020, all Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed until such measures are lifted.
South Campground Closed to Visitor To support state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, effective March 25, 2020, all Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed until such measures are lifted.
South Shore Campground Closed to Visitor To support state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, effective March 25, 2020, all Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed until such measures are lifted.
South Twin Lake Campground Closed to Visitor To support state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, effective March 25, 2020, all Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed until such measures are lifted.
Spring Campground Closed to Visitor To support state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, effective March 25, 2020, all Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed until such measures are lifted.
Sunset Cove Campground Closed to Visitor To support state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, effective March 25, 2020, all Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed until such measures are lifted.
Swamp Wells Horse Camp Closed to Visitor To support state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, effective March 25, 2020, all Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed until such measures are lifted.
Three Creek Lake Campground Closed to Visitor To support state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, effective March 25, 2020, all Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed until such measures are lifted.
Three Creek Meadow Campground & Horsecamp Closed to Visitor To support state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, effective March 25, 2020, all Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed until such measures are lifted.
Trapper Creek Campground Closed to Visitor To support state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, effective March 25, 2020, all Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed until such measures are lifted.
West South Twin Campground Closed to Visitor To support state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, effective March 25, 2020, all Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed until such measures are lifted.
Whispering Pine Horse Camp Closed to Visitor To support state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, effective March 25, 2020, all Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed until such measures are lifted.
Whitefish Horse Camp Closed to Visitor
Windy Group Campground Closed to Visitor To support state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, effective March 25, 2020, all Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed until such measures are lifted.
Wyeth Campground Closed to Visitor To support state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, effective March 25, 2020, all Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed until such measures are lifted.

Spotlights

Newberry National Volcanic Monument - Deschutes NF

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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.

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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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