A few campgrounds open in Central Oregon, but snow delaying others

Cow Meadow Entrance Road 4-28-23

If you’re thinking of going camping this weekend, our late winter weather has other plans.

Some campgrounds on the Deschutes National Forest are still closed due to snow and for safety inspections

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The following campgrounds opened Friday for first-come, first-serve camping:

Bend-Fort Rock Ranger District

  • Big River Campground
  • Big River Group Camp
  • Pringle Falls Campground
  • South Twin Lake Campground
  • West South Twin Campground

Sisters Ranger District

  • Candle Creek Campground
  • Graham Corral Horse Camp
  • Lower Canyon Creek Campground
  • Pioneer Ford Campground
  • Sheep Springs Horse Camp

Campgrounds with delayed openings include

  • Bull Bend Campground
  • Cow Meadow Campground
  • Lava Lake Campground
  • Quinn River Campground
  • Rock Creek Campground
  • Sheep Bridge Campground
  • East Davis Lake Campground
  • Princess Creek Campground
  • Simax Group Camp
  • Sunset Cove Campground
  • Link Creek Campground

You can find a complete list of open campgrounds here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/deschutes/recreation

The Ochoco National Forest also shared drone video from Walton Lake, showing there is still plenty of snow there. The forest says it’s monitoring to determine an opening date.


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