Deschutes National Forest via Cascade Lakes Hwy

The Leave No Trace Seven Principles

The Leave No Trace Seven Principles are the bedrock of the Leave No Trace program. They provide guidance to enjoy our natural world in a sustainable way that avoids human-created impacts. The principles have been adapted so they can be applied in your backyard or your backcountry.

Note: click any of the headers below for a much deeper explanation on each principle.

Plan Ahead and Prepare

  • Know the regulations and special concerns for the area you'll visit.
  • Prepare for extreme weather, hazards, and emergencies.
  • Schedule your trip to avoid times of high use.
  • Visit in small groups when possible. Consider splitting larger groups into smaller groups.
  • Repackage food to minimize waste.
  • Use a map and compass to eliminate the use of marking paint, rock cairns or flagging. 

Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces

  • Durable surfaces include established trails and campsites, rock, gravel, dry grasses or snow.
  • Protect riparian areas by camping at least 200 feet from lakes and streams.
  • Good campsites are found, not made. Altering a site is not necessary.
    • In popular areas:
      • Concentrate use on existing trails and campsites.
      • Walk single file in the middle of the trail, even when wet or muddy.
      • Keep campsites small. Focus activity in areas where vegetation is absent.
      • In pristine areas:
      • Disperse use to prevent the creation of campsites and trails.
      • Avoid places where impacts are just beginning. 

Dispose of Waste Properly

  • Pack it in, pack it out. Inspect your campsite and rest areas for trash or spilled foods. Pack out all trash, leftover food and litter.
  • Deposit solid human waste in catholes dug 6 to 8 inches deep, at least 200 feet from water, camp and trails. Cover and disguise the cathole when finished.
  • Pack out toilet paper and hygiene products.
  • To wash yourself or your dishes, carry water 200 feet away from streams or lakes and use small amounts of biodegradable soap. Scatter strained dishwater. 

Leave What You Find

  • Preserve the past: examine, but do not touch cultural or historic structures and artifacts.
  • Leave rocks, plants and other natural objects as you find them.
  • Avoid introducing or transporting non-native species.
  • Do not build structures, furniture, or dig trenches. 

Minimize Campfire Impacts

  • Campfires can cause lasting impacts to the environment. Use a lightweight stove for cooking and enjoy a candle lantern for light.
  • Where fires are permitted, use established fire rings, fire pans, or mound fires.
  • Keep fires small. Only use sticks from the ground that can be broken by hand.
  • Burn all wood and coals to ash, put out campfires completely, then scatter cool ashes. 

Respect Wildlife

  • Observe wildlife from a distance. Do not follow or approach them.
  • Never feed animals. Feeding wildlife damages their health, alters natural behaviors, and exposes them to predators and other dangers.
  • Protect wildlife and your food by storing rations and trash securely.
  • Control pets at all times, or leave them at home.
  • Avoid wildlife during sensitive times: mating, nesting, raising young, or winter. 

Be Considerate of Other Visitors

  • Respect other visitors and protect the quality of their experience.
  • Be courteous. Yield to other users on the trail.
  • Step to the downhill side of the trail when encountering pack stock.
  • Take breaks and camp away from trails and other visitors.
  • Let nature's sounds prevail. Avoid loud voices and noises. 

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Additional Information Deschutes National Forest

Oregon Fly Fishing: The Crooked River

Princess Creek Campground is a no use fee boat launch operated by the U.S. Forest Service. Contact 541-383-4000 for addtional information. DIRECTIONS: In Crescent, OR, at intersection of of US Rt. 97 and Crescent Cut-off Rd., take Crescent Cut-off Rd. west 11.8 miles to a "T" intersection. Turn right and go 9 miles to campground on left.

Sunset Cove Campground is a no use fee boat launch operated by the U.S. Forest ServiceContact 541-383-4000 for addtional information. DIRECTIONS: In Crescent, OR, at intersection of US Rt. 97 and Crescent Cut- off Rd., take Crescent Cut-off Rd. west 11.8 miles to a "T" intersection. Turn right and go 6.2 miles to campground on left.

Odell Lake Resort is a no use fee boat launch operated by the resort. Contact 541-433-2540 for addtional information.

Shelter Cove Resort is a no use fee boat ramp operated by the resort . Contact 0541-433-2548 for additional information.

Trapper Creek Campground is a no use fee boat launch operated by the U.S. Forest ServiceContact 541-383-4000 for addtional information. Directions: In Crescent, OR, at intersection of of US Rt. 97 and Crescent Cut-off Rd., take Crescent Cut-off Rd. west 11.8 miles to a "T" intersection. Turn right and go 10.3 miles to Odell Lake sign. Turn left at sign onto Forest Rt. 5810 and go 1.8 miles to campground on left.

Crescent Lake is five miles long, four miles wide, and has a maximum depth of 265 feet. The water surface of Crescent Lake drops several feet in late summer because of irrigation withdrawals. However, because of its depth the surface lowering has very little impact on the ecology of the lake. The primary surface inflow is from Summit Lake via Summit Creek. Several small, intermittent streams contribute during the snowmelt season. Crescent Creek, a tributary of the Deschutes River, is the outlet stream. The lake and its drainage basin are entirely within the Deschutes National Forest. It is a landscape blanketed with a thick coniferous forest of both fir and pine species, except for areas of rock outcrops at higher elevations.

Tranquil Cove Day Use Area is no use fee boat ramp managed by the U.S. Forest Service.  Call 541-383-4000 for additional information.

Directions to Tranquil Cove Day Use Area from Hwy 58 turn right onto Crescent Lake Hwy. Depart OR-429 / Crescent Lake Hwy. The Crescent Lake Hwy changes directions from the left to right tuns for approximately slightly over 2.8 miles. Continue traveling approximately 1.1 miles on Lava-Odell Rd to the Tranquil Cove Day Uae Area.

Crescent Lake campground: for reservations call 1-877-444-6777 or make on-line reservation. Directions to Crescent Lake Capmgoud from Crescent, OR, at the intersection of US Rt. 97 and Crescent Cut-off Rd., take Crescent Cut-off Rd. west 11.9 miles to a "T" intersection. Turn right onto State Rt. 58 west (unmarked) and go 3.4 miles to Crescent Lake sign. Turn left at sign onto Forest Rt. 60 and go 2.2 miles to "campgrounds/boat launch" sign. Turn right at sign and go 0.3 miles to campground sign. Turn left at sign and go 0.1 miles to campground.

Contorta Flat The campground, on the south side of Crescent Lake. Directions In Crescent, OR, at the intersection of US Rt. 97 and Crescent Cut-off Rd., take Crescent Cut-off Rd. west 11.9 miles to a "T" intersection. Turn right onto State Rt. 58 west (unmarked) and go 3.4 miles to Crescent Lake sign. Turn left at sign onto Forest Rt. 60 and go 2.2 miles to "campgrounds/boat launch" sign. Turn right at sign and go 7.6 miles to "Contorta campground signs." Turn left at sign onto Forest Rt. 280 and go 0.8 miles to campground.

Crescent Lake Cuttoff 37.3

Cascade Lakes National Scenic Bayway 40.5

Crescent Creek Campground 41.0

Davis Lake: Davis Creek is a no use fee boat launch operated by the U.S. Forest Service at 541-383-5300. RESERVATIONS: 1-877-444-6777 or make on-line reservation DIRECTIONS: In Crescent, OR, at intersection of US Rt. 97 and Crescent Cut- off Rd., take Crescent Cut-off Rd. 8.7 miles to Forest Rt. 46/Cascades Lakes Hwy. Turn right onto Rt. 46 and go 6.3 miles to campground sign. Turn left at sign onto Forest Rt. 855 (gravel) and go 0.5 miles to another campground sign. Turn right and go 0.2 miles to campground. This is bear country; practice safe food storage techniques.

Davis Lake: Lava Flow Campground is a no use fee boat launch operated by the U.S. Forest Service at 541-383-5300. 2018 saw the complete draw down of Wickup lake in an effort to restore fisheries.

Wickiup Reservoir: North Davis Creek is a use fee boat launch operated by the U.S. Forest Service at 541-383-4000. 541-383-5300

Wickiup Reservoir: Sheep Bridge is a use fee boat launch operated by the U.S. Forest Service at 541-383-4000. Comments: Extreme low water conditions. For more information contact Deschutes National Forest at (541) 383-5300

Wickiup Reservoir: West South: Twin Lake Campground is a no use fee boat launch operated by the U.S. Forest Service at 541-383-5300.

North Twin Lake: North Twin Lake Campground is a use fee boat launch operated by the U.S. Forest Service at 541-383-4000. No motors allowed.

South Twin Lake: South Twin Lake Campground is a use fee boat launch operated by the U.S. Forest Service at 541-383-4000. No motors allowed.

Wickiup Reservoir: Gull Point Campground is a use fee boat launch operated by the U.S. Forest Service at 541-383-4000. For more information contact Deschutes National Forest at (541) 383-5300.

Wickiup Reservoir: North Wickiup is a use fee boat launch operated by the U.S. Forest Service at 541-383-4000. For more information contact Deschutes National Forest at (541) 383-5300.

My friend, Bill Morris (RIP) flexed his fishing knowledge at Widkiup Lake catching limits of Kokanee salmon and a large rainbow trout.

Wickiup Reservoir: Wickiup Butte is a use fee boat launch operated by the U.S. Forest Service at 541-383-4000. For more information contact Deschutes National Forest at (541) 383-5300.

Wickiup Reservoir: Reservoir Campground is a use fee boat launch operated by the U.S. Forest Service at 541-383-4000. For more information contact Deschutes National Forest at (541) 383-5300

Crane Prairie: Crane Prairie Resort is a fee use boat launch operated by the resort at 541-383-3939.

Crane Prairie: Rock Creek CG Deschutes is a use fee boat launch operateed by the U.S. Forest Service at 541-383-5300. RESERVATIONS: 1-877-444-6777 or make on-line reservation DIRECTIONS: In Crescent, OR, at intersection of US Rt. 97 and Crescent Cut- off Rd. (County Rt. 61), take Crescent Cut-off Rd. west 8.7 miles to Forest Rt. 46/Cascade Lakes Hwy. Turn right onto Rt. 46 and go 1.8 miles to La Pine/Twin Lakes sign. Turn right onto S. Century Dr./Forest Rt. 42 and go 3.7 miles to campground sign. Turn left onto Forest Rt. 4270 and go 4.1 miles to another campground sign. Turn left at sign and left again into campground.

Crane Prairie: Quinn River is a use fee boat launch operateed by the U.S. Forest Service at 541-389-3230. RESERVATIONS: 1-877-444-6777 or make on-line reservation DIRECTIONS: In Crescent, OR, at intersection of US Rt. 97 and Crescent Cut- off Rd., take Crescent Cut-off Rd. west 8.7 miles to Forest Rt. 46/Cascade Lakes Hwy. Turn right onto Rt. 46 and go 22.2 miles to campground on right.

Crane Prairie: Cow Meadow is a use fee boat launch operateed by the U.S. Forest Service at 541-389-3230. RESERVATIONS: 1-877-444-6777 or make on-line reservation DIRECTIONS: In Crescent, OR, at intersection of US Rt. 97 and Crescent Cut- off Rd., take Crescent Cut-off Rd. west 8.7 miles to Forest Rt. 46/Cascade Lakes Hwy. Turn right onto Rt. 46 and go 25.6 miles to Forest Rt. 40/Cow Meadow sign. Turn right onto Forest Rt. 40 and go 0.3 miles to another Cow Meadow sign. Turn right onto Forest Rt. 970 (gravel) and go 1 mile to a "T" intersection. Turn left and go 0.4 miles to campground.

Crane Prairie: Crane Prairie Day Use is a use fee boat launch operateed by the U.S. Forest Service at 541-389-3230.

Crane Prairie: Browns Mountain is a use fee boat launch operateed by the U.S. Forest Service at 541-389-3230.

Little Cultas Lake: Little Cultas Lake Campground is a use fee boat launch operateed by the U.S. Forest Service at 541-389-3230. RESERVATIONS: 1-877-444-6777 or make on-line reservation DIRECTIONS: In Crescent, OR, at intersection of US Rt. 97 and Crescent Cut- off Rd., take Crescent Cut-off Rd. west 8.7 miles to Forest Rt. 46/Cascade Lakes Hwy. Turn right onto Rt. 46 and go 24.4 miles to Cultus Lakes sign. Turn left onto Forest Rt. 4635 and go 0.7 miles to campground sign. Turn left at sign onto Forest Rt. 4630 (gravel) and go 2.6 miles to campground.

Cultlas Lake: Cultlas Lake Campground is a use fee boat launch operated by the U.S. Forest Service at 541-383-4000. (From Atlas of Oregon Lakes, Johnson et al. 1985). Cultus Lake is a beautiful, natural lake located high on the east slope of the Cascades in the upper Deschutes River Basin. It is one of many popular recreation lakes accessible from the Cascade Lakes Highway, and is reached on a good paved road two miles west of the highway. The word "cultus" is used in many places in the Pacific Northwest. It is a Chinook jargon word, very expressive, meaning bad or apparently worthless. With regard to this pristine, unproductive lake, it probably referred to the poor fishing conditions that existed. Cultus Mountain, a symmetrical cone rising to an elevation of 6759 feet immediately to the south was doubtless named for the lake. Little Cultus Lake is on the south side of the mountain.

Cutlas Lake: Cultlas Lake Resort is a use fee boat launch operated by the resort at 541-408-1560.

Little Lava Lake: Little Lava Lake Campground is a use fee boat launch operated by the U.S. Forest Service at 541-382-9443.

DIRECTIONS: In Bend, OR, at the intersection of US Rt. 97 and Downtown/Mt Bachelor/Exit 138 sign, take Exit 138 to Colorado Ave. Turn right (west) onto Colorado Ave and go 1.7 miles to a roundabout. Take the third right off the roundabout onto Century Dr. and go 35.1 miles to Lava lake campground sign. Turn left, onto Forest Rt. 500, and go 0.6 miles to a "Y" intersecton. Bear right and go 0.2 miles to campground. 

Lava Lake: Lava Lake Lodge is a use fee boat launch operated by the U.S. Forest Service at 541-382-9443. RESERVATIONS: 1-877-444-6777 or make on-line reservation DIRECTIONS: In Bend, OR, at the intersection of US 97 and Downtown/Mt Bachelor/Exit 138, take Exit 138 to Colorado Ave. Turn right (west) onto Colorado Av and go 1.7 miles to a roundabout. Take the third right off the roundabout onto Century Dr. and go 35.1 miles to campground sign. Turn left, onto Forest Rt. 500 and go 0.6 miles to a "Y" intersection. Bear left and go 0.2 miles to campground on right.

Hosmer Lake:(From Atlas of Oregon Lakes, Johnson et al. 1985)  Hosmer Lake, along the Cascade Lakes Highway in Central Oregon, was originally known as Mud Lake because the large population of trash fish would stir up the fine pumice bottom material. In 1962 the name was changed to honor Paul Hosmer, a long-time resident of Bend and a well-known amateur naturalist. The trash fish, which included a population of carp, had been eliminated with rotenone treatment in 1957. Atlantic salmon were stocked on an experimental basis starting in 1958, and Hosmer is the only lake west of the Mississippi River in which these fish have been planted successfully. All fishing must be done with barbless hooks, and Atlantic salmon must be returned to the lake. Brook trout are also in the lake, and can be kept if caught. There is little development at the lake, limited to small, rustic campgrounds and a few boats for rent.

Hosmer Lake Boat Launch is a use fee boat launch operated by the U.S. Forest Service at 541-383-5300.

DIRECTIONS: In Bend, OR, at the intersection of US Rt. 97 and Downtown/Mt Bachelor/Exit 138 sign, take Exit 138 to Colorado Ave. Turn right (west) onto Colorado Ave. and go 1.7 miles to a roundabout. Take the third right off the roundabout onto Century Dr. and go 29.5 miles to Elk Lake Loop sign. Turn left at sign onto Forest Rt. 4625 (gravel) and go 2.3 miles to a "Y" intersection. Bear left and go 1.2 miles to campground. NOTE: Century Dr. becomes Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway at the Forest's boundary.

Elk Lake: Point Campground is a use fee boat launch operated by the U.S. Forest Service at 541-388-5664. Elk Lake is elongate in shape with the major axis of the basin oriented north and south. The deepest part of the lake is located at the southern end. Most of it is shallower than 20 feet deep, and as a consequence it becomes relatively warm during the summer. Water temperature during the summer commonly exceeds 68 degrees F. (20 degrees C.), and there is usually very little temperature stratification in the lake. Although 68 degrees Fahrenheit is cool for swimming, it is warmer than most of the deeper lakes in this recreation area, and Elk Lake is a popular swimming lake.

DIRECTIONS: In Bend, OR, at the intersection of US Rt. 97 and Downtown/Mt Bachelor/Exit 138 sign, take Exit 138 to Colorado Ave. Turn right (west) onto Colorado Ave and go 1.7 miles to a roundabout. Take the third right off the roundabout onto Century Dr. and go 29.8 miles to campground sign. Turn left at sign into campground. NOTE: Century Dr. becomes Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway at the Forest's boundary.

Elk Lake: Elk Lake CG Deschutes is a use fee boat launch operated by the U.S. Forest Service at 541-383-5300.

Elk Lake: Elk Lake Resort is a use fee boat launch operated by the resort at 541-480-7378

Elk Lake: Little Fawn is a use fee boat launch operated by the U.S. Forest Service at 541-388-5664.

DIRECTIONS: In Bend, OR, at the intersection of US Rt. 97 and Downtown/Mt Bachelor/Exit 138 sign, take Exit 138 to Colorado Ave. Turn right (west) onto Colorado Ave. and go 1.7 miles to a roundabout. Take the third right off the roundabout onto Century Dr. and go 29.5 miles to Elk Lake Loop. Turn left at sign onto Forest Rt. 4625 (gravel) and go 2 miles to campground sign. Turn right and go 0.3 miles to campground on left. NOTE: Century Dr. becomes Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway at the Forest's boundary.

Devils Lake is a delightful place to visit, is very scenic, and easily accessible. A good Forest Service campground on the west end of the lake provides several isolated sites for visitors. Fishing can be successful at times although the lake is not very productive and the fish are not very large; rainbow trout and eastern brook trout are both found. No motorboats are allowed on the water. Several popular hiking trails begin in the area of Devils Lake. One trail goes up Hell Creek to Moraine Lake, a favorite base camp for groups climbing South Sister. Another trail originates west of Devils Lake near Tyee Creek, and heads westward to Wickiup Plains and Rock Mesa.

Sparks Lake: Sparks Lake is a use fee boat launch operated by the U.S. Forest Service at 541-388-5664.

(From Atlas of Oregon Lakes, Johnson et al. 1985)  Sparks Lake is a picturesque lake east of the crest of the Cascade Range, lying along the much travelled Cascade Lakes Highway. It is perhaps best known for the spectacular view it provides of South Sister, which rises nearly 5000 feet above the lake to the north. It lies also in the shadow of the symmetrical slope of Bachelor Butte. Sparks Lake was named for "Lige" Sparks, a pioneer stockman in Central Oregon. A wagon road from Bend to the lake was completed in 1920 and resulted in greatly increased visitor use. It is a water body popular with fishermen and canoeists who like to explore the various shallow inlets. Motors are allowed for travelling on the lake, but fishing while the motor is operating is illegal. Eastern brook trout and rainbow trout are stocked and will occasionally grow as large as 16 inches. A nice Forest Service campground is available just off the highway, adjacent to Soda Creek.

Deschutes River: Tenino Boating Site is a no use fee boat launch operated by the U.S. Forest Service at 541-388-5664. 

Deschutes River: Bull Bend Campground is a no use fee boat launch operated by the U.S. Forest Service at 541-388-5664. RESERVATIONS: 1-877-444-6777 or make on-line reservation DIRECTIONS: From La Pine, OR, take US Rt. 97 north 2 miles to Wickiup Reservoir sign. Turn left at sign (County Rt. 43) and go 7.9 miles to Wyeth and Bull Bend campgrounds sign. Turn left onto Forest Rt. 4370 and go 1.4 miles to campground sign. Turn left at sign and go 0.1 miles to campground. NOTE: Forest Rt. 4370 is dirt and single lane.

Deschutes River: Wyeth Take Out is a no use fee boat launch operated by the U.S. Forest Service at 541-388-5664.

Deschutes River: Tetherow Log Jam Boat Ramp is a no use fee boat launch operated by the U.S. Forest Service at 541-383-5300.

Deschutes River: LaPine State Park is a no use fee boat launch operated by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department at 800-551-6949.

Deschutes River: Big River Campground is a no use fee boat launch operated by the U.S. Forest Service at 541-388-5664. RESERVATIONS: 1-877-444-6777 or make on-line reservation DIRECTIONS: From La Pine, OR, take US Rt. 97 north 11.7 miles to Fall River sign (Vandervert Rd.). Turn left onto Vandervent Rd. and go 0.9 miles to a "T" intersection. Turn left onto S. Century Dr. and go 1 mile to Cascade Lks Hwy sign. Turn right onto Cascade Lks Hwy and go 2.7 miles to campground on left.

Deschutes River: Harpers Bridge is a no use fee boat launch operated by Deschutes County at 541-388-6502.

Deschutes River: Besson Day Use is a no use fee boat launch operated by the U.S. Forest Service at 541-383-4000.

Deschutes River: Benham Falls is a no use fee boat launch operated by the U.S. Forest Service at 541-383-4000.

Deschutes River: Slough Camp is a no use fee boat launch operated by the U.S. Forest Service at 541-383-4000.

Deschutes River: Dillion Falls is a no use fee boat launch operated by the U.S. Forest Service at 541-383-4000.

Deschutes River: Aspen Boat Ramps is a no use fee boat launch operated by the U.S. Forest Service at 541-383-4787.

Deschutes River: Lava Island Boat Ramp is a no use fee boat launch operated by the U.S. Forest Service at 541-383-4787.

Deschutes River: Farewell Bend Park is a no use fee boat launch operated by the Bend Park and Recreation District at 541-389-7275. 

Deschutes River: Riverbend Park is a no use fee boat launch operated by the Bend Park and Recreation District at 541-389-7275. Put-in and take-out area for non-motorized boat launch.

Deschutes River: Bend Whitewater Park is a no use fee boat launch operated by the Bend Park and Recreation District at 541-389-7275. Put-in and take-out area for non-motorized boat launch.

Deschutes River: Drake Park is a no use fee boat launch operated by the Bend Park and Recreation District at 541-389-7275. Put-in and take-out area for non-motorized boat launch.

Deschutes River: Harmon Park is a no use fee boat launch operated by the Bend Park and Recreation District at 541-389-7275. Put-in and take-out area for non-motorized boat launch.

Deschutes River: Pageant Park is a no use fee boat launch operated by the Bend Park and Recreation District at 541-389-7275. Put-in and take-out area for non-motorized boat launch.

Deschutes River: Brooks Park is a no use fee boat launch operated by the Bend Park and Recreation District at 541-389-7275. Put-in and take-out area for non-motorized boat launch.

Deschutes River: First Street Rapids Park is a no use fee boat launch operated by the Bend Park and Recreation District at 541-389-7275. Put-in and take-out area for non-motorized boat launch.

Lake Billy Chinook Cove Palisades - Upper Deschutes is a use fee boat ramp Oregon Parks and Recreation Department at 800-551-6949 for additional information.

Lake Billy Chinook Cove Palisades - Lower Deschutes is a use fee boat ramp Oregon Parks and Recreation Department at 800-551-6949 for additional information.

Lake Billy Chinook Cove Palisades - Crooked River is a use fee boat ramp Oregon Parks and Recreation Department at 800-551-6949 for additional information.

Lake Billy Chinook Cove Palisades - Marina is a no use fee boat ramp Oregon Parks and Recreation Department at 541-546-3521 for additional information. 

Three Rivers Marina is a use fee privately operated marina located at 6235 SW Lakeview Drive Culver,OR 97734. Call 541-546-2939 for additional about their services on Lake Billy Chinook.

Perry South Campground is a no use fee boat ramp operated by the U.S. Forest Service. Contact 541-373-5300 for additional information. 

RESERVATIONS: 1-877-444-6777 or make on-line reservation DIRECTIONS: In Culver, OR, follow the sign for "The Cove Palisades State Park" (C St) west 0.9 miles to a "T" intersection. Still following the State Park sign, turn right onto SW Feather Dr. and go 0.8 miles to another intersection. Again, following the State Park sign, turn left onto SW Fisch Ln (changes to SW Frazier Dr. in 0.5 miles) and go 1 mile to another intersection. Continue following the State Park sign by turning left onto SW Jordan Rd. and go 1.9 miles to Deschutes Camp/Day Use Area sign. Bear left at sign (with Crooked River on the right and crossing over two bridges) and go 19.8 miles to campground. NOTE: The last 7.2 miles are dirt, and rocky. There are some steep stretches with switchbacks. Not recommended for large (30' plus) RVs.

Lake Simtustus Indian Park is a use fee R/V park operated by the Confederate Tribes of Warm Springs (BOI). Contact 541-325-5292 for additional information.

Lake Simtustus Pelton Park is a no use free to launch private marina operated by PGE. For additional information contact 541-475-0516.

Wild and Senic Deschutes River The Deschutes River was designated an Oregon Scenic Waterway in 1970 and a Federal Wild and Scenic River in 1988. The river runs through a deep rimrock-lined canyon that ranges from 900 feet to 2,600 feet in depth. The elevation drops from 1,393 feet at Pelton Reregulation Dam to 160 feet at its confluence with the Columbia River.

Warm Springs State Recreation Site managed by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is a no use fee boat launch. Call 800-551-6949

Wild and Senic Deschutes River Trout Creek Campground is a no use fee boat launch operated by the Bureau of Land Management. Contact 541-416-6700 for additional information.

Quicklinks

LOWER DESCHUTES RIVER SEGMENTS AND CAMPING INFORMATION

Lower Deschutes River Back Country Byway

Sherar's Falls Scenic Bikeway

Lower Deschutes River Boater Pass

The Lower Deschutes River is divided into four segments based on geographical features, road access, and recreational use patterns. Boating experiences and recreational opportunities vary by segment. The information below can help you select the segment that best meets the experience you want to have. A Deschutes River Boater’s Guide is available to purchase in person or by phone for $8.00 at the Prineville BLM office (3050 N.E. 3rd St., Prineville, OR 97754; 541/416-6700).

Wild and Senic Deschutes River Nena Boat Ramp is a no use fee boat ramp operated by the Bureau of Land Management. For additional information contact 541-416-6700.

Wild and Senic Deschutes River Harpham Flat is a use fee boat ramp operated by the Bureau of Land Management. Call 541-416-6700 for additional information.

Wild and Senic Deschutes River Maupin City Park boat ramp is a no fee use City Park operated by the City of Maupin. For additional information click on the Maupin City Park boat ramp link or call 541-395-2252.

Wild and Senic Deschutes River Sandy Beach is a fee based site managed by the Bureau of Land Management. For additional information contact 541-416-6700.

Wild and Senic Deschutes River n Buckhollow is a fee based site managed by the Bureau of Land Management. For additional information contact 541-416-6700.

Wild and Senic Deschutes River Pine Tree is a fee based site managed by the Bureau of Land Management. For additional information contact 541-416-6700.

Wild and Senic Deschutes River is a fee based site managed by the Bureau of Land Management. For additional information contact 541-416-6700.

Wild and Senic Deschutes River is a fee based site managed by the Bureau of Land Management. For additional information contact 541-416-6700.

Wild and Senic Deschutes River Heritage Landing State Park is a no use fee boat ramp managed by Oregon State Parks. For additional information contact 541-416-6700.

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