Riverside camping in the heart of Oregon. Beautiful, quiet, and remote yet easily accessible. Fish, Hike, Bike, Horseback ride, pipe horse corrals!
- Check in: After 12PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 18 months out Weeknight discount: 15% off
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
Natural features you'll find at Buzzard's Roost in Oregon.
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Out in it!!!
Great remote camping. Land is rough but host is helpful and puppy is cute! Rode my motorcycle from Portland out through the gorge and south. Beautiful ride and amazing area.
Peaceful oasis at buzzard's roost!
If you like to spend time in quiet, remote locations, this would be the place for you. There is a bit of highway noise occasionally, but it is not intrusive. Buzz, the camp host, is a friendly, helpful person. He was fun to talk to. Buzz now has an outhouse added to his property for Hipcampers.
There are a group of 5 otters that have a den directly across from the campground. We had fun standing on the bridge watching the otters swim around eating fish. We tried our hand at fishing, but the stream was pretty low when we were there. We did not catch anything. In spite of the low water, we still had fun trying to catch the fish!
Not ideal h but good for big groups
We had a fun campout with a bigger group of friends here but its honestly not somewhere we would want to camp again. Minimal shade, lots of weeds and that particular area of the Crooked River is shallow, full of algea and pretty close to stagnate. The scenery is absolutely gorgeous though and like i mentioned we had a blast but...you kind of have to make your own fun at a site like this. None of this is the property owner's fault, no complaints toward him. I will however say its close to the Post store which is super convenient for ice and treats to try and mitigate the heat. Its also close to Antelope Reservoir which was sadly very dried up and also un-swimmable due to the weather/drought but nonetheless, if it were a better year its just a 15 min drive.
Nice camp on the way to john day
Wow, what a treat. We rolled up to a shady juniper and watched the river go by. There was only one other party at the camp, and a closed road made for a delightful walk after dinner. Host was very responsive and helpful, portable toilets were clean.
Buzzards’ Roost gave us a great “Home Camp,” away from the traffic of public campgrounds and within easy reach of several reservoirs. We both grew up camping on the sides of Idaho Forest Service roads, and we’re not really fans of “camping” cheek-by-jowl with a hundred others in a tamed State Park, so this was a lovely alternative—all the quiet & seclusion of “real” camping, with the perks of a picnic table, an already-level space for our tent, and no need to dig a potty-hole. ;)
The site itself is situated on a riverbank, intermittently shaded by juniper trees, and surrounded by high-desert sage. When we rolled down our pickup window to chat up a local oldster fishing off the bridge, he shared his favorite fishing spots just up the mountain in the Ochoco National Forest (pointing at his grinning Indian grandson, who couldn’t be older than five, and adding, “That one’s caught upward of twenty trout up there.”)
A fire ban precluded the campfire, but we enjoyed camp-stove-coffee and a breathtaking sunset painting the hills opposite while deer tiptoed among the sagebrush nearby. Yipping coyotes served as our “alarm clock” for early-morning fishing, and the morning was refreshingly chilly in this summer’s heat wave.
Land-owner Ronald is a gem—I texted him with a few questions when we booked, and we ended up in a lively conversation (he ALSO grew up camping in Idaho forests!) that resumed when we had an on-site question and continued after our departure, making plans to meet up later this summer for a wagon-ride with his mules! He has plans for continuing to enhance the campsite, and we’ll be back to see it evolve!
This place was beautiful and secluded like a backpacking experience minus the hardships of backpacking! I would absolutely recommend it! The only minor issue was that both my husband and our friend missed the entrance to the actual campsites. It's a little hard to see from the road, and the directions take you to the road behind the sites. Obviously we made it though and had an incredible time :)
Beautiful property - I had the campsite entirely to myself.
The ground was pretty uneven so better suited to trailers, or worth bringing a rake/shovel to level out the ground. I was also accompanied by a large mosquito population, so bring spray and appropriate items.