Monthly Archives: March 2018

Deschutes NF campsites open early for Bend-La Pine schools spring break

A lake is visible through the trees surrounding a tent campsite

BEND, Ore. — March 21, 2018 —  In an effort to help families take advantage of unusually favorable weather, the Deschutes National Forest will open select campgrounds during the week of Bend-La Pine School District Spring Break, March 23-31.

During the limited opening, several campgrounds across the three Deschutes National Forest ranger districts are slated to open to the public on a first come, first served basis, provided conditions remain favorable.

There will be limited amenities including no trash service and no water, although bathrooms will be open and maintained.

Each campground fee will be reduced due to the lack of services, with some campgrounds discounted to up to 50 percent off the regular rate.

The following campgrounds are scheduled to be open with limited services, on a first-come, first-served basis, March 23-31:

  • Bend-Fort Rock Ranger District: North Twin, South Twin, Big River and Fall River.
  • Crescent Ranger District: Crescent Creek, East Davis Lake, Sunset Cove and Princess Creek – Day Use boat launch only.
  • Sisters Ranger District: Camp Sherman, Smiling River, Pine Rest, Gorge, Allen Springs, Lower Bridge, Link Creek (with 3 yurts available on

If wet or snowy conditions return to these areas, campgrounds will remain closed to protect resources. EKIP logo: A circular shape containing silhouettes of children playing, birds, trees, grass and flowers. Text reads

DID YOU KNOW: The federal Every Kid in a Park program provides complimentary access to national forests, national parks, and many other public lands for fourth grade students and their families. More information:

Staff report, Deschutes National Forest