Forest camping in Wickiup Reservoir with campfires

Fish for giant brown trout or go for a swim at this high desert reservoir.

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12 top forest campgrounds in Wickiup Reservoir with campfires

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Experience Heaven

11 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents157 acres · La Pine, OR
8 campsites and 2 original Mongolian Gers. The season for the camp sites is from June 1st to October 15 and the Gers are all 12 months. The Hipcamp is on the South Shore of East Lake Pets allowed, toilets on site, campfires permitted when burn ban is not in place. This being the 5th year, things are excellent and I certainly don't have any issues to deal with. If you aren't capable of practicing the 5 P's, then you need to book somewhere else. Proper Preperation Prevents Poor Performance. If you can't get here and have your camp set up by 8:00PM, showing respect to the other Hipcampers that are already set up and enjoying the PEACE AND QUIET, then you need to book somewhere else or don't come until the following morning. No driving down to the campsites/the lake after 8::00PM. Period. Communicate with me. If you leave Portland at 5:00 PM with the intention of spending the night in Heaven then you need to alter your plans. No more than 4 adults at each campsite. I am not to the point yet of saying no big dogs. Talk to me if you think your "big dog" might not fit in. It is a given they willl need to be on a tethered throughout your time in Heaven. Take them for walks along the lake, not having them run thru everyone elses camp sites. No Yappers, no barking dogs, no yippers, no pain in the butts. Why would you drive by 46 grocery stores and forget to bring ice? No loud music. I have changed quiet time to 9:00 PM. You need to listen to the chaos/stressful music I suggest you start a band or become a DJ. What I want folks to get out of being here, whether they are camping or staying in the Gers is just to “take a break”. Relax, appreciate, assess and just listen. I hope what you hear is the sound of life and of course all the Angels that make up this special piece of Heaven. The chipmunks, the squirrels, all the different birds, the eagles, the osprey, the fish jumping, the deer roaming, the timber martins running thru the trees, the snowshoe rabbits and the occasional black bear. Then there is the silence. The best part of “Heaven”. So, while you are here, take a deep breath, close your eyes at the appropriate moment and ask yourself, am I on the right path? Is what I am doing fulfilling me? Am I showing my family and friends how much I love them? Do I really need all that crap I got? Where do I go from here? My intention was for each one you to not just go camping, or to stay in a Mongolian Ger but to have an “Experience” that just might lead you to a more fulfilling and happier life.
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Heart of Sisters

2 sites · RVs, Tents1 acre · Sisters, OR
In the city limits of Sisters. Just a few block walk to parks and downtown Sisters where tourists get trapped. Good for getting close spots for events like Sisters Folk Festival. Couple blocks from the Buckrun Trail head and 15 min drive to Three Creeks Lake. Firepit, Bbq, and grills available for use and can work out deals with the host for prepared meals. I do social media videos on the food I make and if you own a small business and would like to talk about your business on my live streams or make some quick promo videos then that is something we can discuss. Just message me or bring it up on arrival. You can find my youtube channel at youtube.com/@LearnWithDanaris
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Log Shelter Retreat

10 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents2 acres · La Pine, OR
Our wooded acre provides , 12 by 20 three sided log shelter, Fire pit , BBQ, water, porta potty. Vintage Aloha camp trailer, has fridge, freezer , stove top ,oven and heat . sleeps two( bedding not provided.... $70) , cozy shelter cabin with loft. heated. ( sleeps three adults, or Two adults and two children... $70 .bedding not provided.) 6 tent sites . $50 per site 3 RV sites. ($50) per site. (no hook ups) Rivers, hiking, BLM are one block away. Fishing, Kayaking, Paddle board and water fun .little Deschutes 10 minutes away and big Deschutes 30 minutes way. Four wheeler trails on BLM one block south. Bring your snowmobiles for winter fun on BLM. Hunters welcome on BLM ONE BLOCK SOUTH WE ARE OPEN ALL YEAR! 30 minutes is Sunriver Resort providing fine dining , bike trails, shops , golf, awesome swimming pools, etc. We are one mile from Lapine, there's restaurants, grocery stores, gas ,and outdoor food carts with views. live music, great food and drinks. Transportation for put in and take out for river excursions are provided with reservations ( $60 includes Kayak) We have three Kayaks for rent ($40 a day) with reservations. 30 minutes away is Paulina lake , the Obsidian flow, HIking, Biking, fishing, and camping,. LaPine State Park ,providing lots of hiking ,biking trails and beautiful fishing spots. Clay's the fisherman and knows all the best spots! On site there is a central gathering place for your family, friends and to meet people. Our log shelter has seating , fire pit, Picnic table, wash basin, porta potty and Quiet starlet sky's every evening. Clay and I upon request will provide hot coffee ,tea, orange juice and home- made muffins to begin your morning! ( $ 15 additional fee) We look forward to meeting you and welcome. We also provide reservations for family reunions, small weddings, and private parties. Rent the whole site for the weekend! ( $500) Also weekly rates are available ,check with Clay and I ,price will be determined by how many persons. Thank you and Happy Trails!
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Great Spot for a Quick Rest

3 sites · RVs, Tents1 acres · La Pine, OR
We are super close to all that Central Oregon has to offer. Right now we just have space for you to park your rig and crash for the night. Learn more about this land:Hi everyone! Our property is pretty full right now, but if you need a place to crash for the night and you have a small rig, hit us up! we love to meet new people traveling through! Thanks!Port-O-Potty outside for your convenience and water refills if you need em.
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AxumaMoon

2 sites · RVs, Tents1 acre · Bend, OR
Natural garden landscaping on a peaceful acre located 20 minutes from Bachelor and Bend. Guests may enjoy our private beach, dock, and boat ramp 1/2mile away. It is about 1 mile from Deschutes Forest, Deschutes River, and the road to the mountains and lakes. And only 3 miles from the Sunriver resort. And for the snowmobilers, Dutchman Flats (right next to Mount Bachelor) awaits your tracks. The property is surrounded by 6 wooded acres. There is a 50 gallon tank of filtered drinking water, an outdoor kitchen with gas grill, a very large deck, a gas powered warming pan on another deck to sit around, and an in ground fire pit with wood to burn, and room for tents, vehicles and RVs. I am a local Gardener and so you will find yourself in a flowered paradise from Spring thru Autumn. There are raised beds around the property creating several different oasis’s. Not only is the property laden with hundreds of native wildflowers, but I have brought in close to 200 perennials plants, shrubs, and trees.
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River Oasis Farm

4 sites · Lodging5 acres · Sisters, OR
A 3 acre farm on the Whychus Creek. We grow biodynamic and organic food along with medicinal herbs. We run a botanical skincare and herb business and are happy to share some of our products with our guests. We have had chickens, ducks, geese, pigs, and goats. However, you may or may not see them with the changing seasons. We do have a couple farm dogs around the farm that roam free so bring a leash if you bring your dog.
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Ruby’s Cabin

1 site · Lodging90 acres · Westfir, OR
Grandpa had a dream of building cabins for his granddaughters. Ruby is the first grandchild and this cabin was built for her. Jay and Tamara (Ruby’s grandparents) bought this acreage in 1998 and are excited to share their special place with other people who love the outdoors while being with family and friends.This is a rustic, off the grid, cabin experience that you will never forget. Almost 200 acres of forest are available to explore. Winter, our second granddaughter is expecting grandpa to get her cabin finished soon.Cabin with loft can sleep 6. Think of it as camping with walls and extras thrown in. Air beds provided, bring your own sleeping bags. Outhouse provided. Additional tents and people are allowed for an additional 15.00 per tent/2 people. Additional RV’s are allowed for 15.00 per RV. Area for tents and RV’s is large grassy wooded area. Great for large gatherings of friends or family who enjoy camping. Fire pit and bar-b-que provided, pavilion for shelter at fire pit area is in the process of construction. Mountain bike/hiking trails run throughout property as well as National forest trails within a few miles. North Fork River swimming 10 minutes away. Golf course across Westoak Rd. Sit on the porch and enjoy the solitude only minutes from Oakridge. Grocery store, etc... all available in Oakridge. Beautiful, safe and secluded. Elk, deer, and other forest critters live here too. Well behaved dogs are welcome.
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Good Times Resorts

3 sites · RVs, Tents1 acre · Blue River, OR
This dry campsite offers McKenzie River Frontage, Bruckart boat ramp 1/4 mile away. Cougar reservoir and Terwillger Hot Springs within a 10 minute drive . Gas and provisions just 3 miles east. There are local pubs and restaurants with great food and pet friendly outdoor eating! This is a great spot for fishing hiking and mountain biking. Stay for the day or longer.
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River Woods Basecamp

1 site · RV1 acre · Bend, OR
The perfect, cozy basecamp in the woods. ~15min from downtown Bend, 40min to Mt Bachelor, quiet, walkable, dog friendly neighborhood. **This is a Car/Trailer Campsite, NOT a rental of the A-Frame** Your campsite is a 15ft wide by 60ft long gravel space that sits on our 1 acre property. This spot has access to water and a 120v electrical hookup (standard wall plug). At the front of our property, we have a dump (requires a 15ft+ dump hose to access) that you are welcome to use on your way out. We love meeting travelers and sharing stories, so please feel free to say hi! We also welcome your furry friends and have a dog ourselves. Happy to give recommendations on things to do and see while you're here - enjoy your visit to Bend! ◡̈
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Rags To Rescues Sanctuary

1 site · Lodging165 acres · Sisters, OR
Welcome to our tranquil sanctuary at Rags to Rescues, where purposeful relaxation awaits amidst the serene beauty of our 165-acre farm. Here, you're invited to immerse yourself in the inner workings of our farm, where each booking directly supports our mission of sustainable and compassionate animal care. At Rags to Rescues, inclusivity isn't just a value—it's a fundamental aspect of our ethos. We wholeheartedly embrace and celebrate individuals from all backgrounds, including those from BIPOC and LGBTQIA communities. Your presence enriches our community, and we are honored to extend a warm welcome to everyone, regardless of identity or orientation. Join us in experiencing the joys of farm life, where the gentle rhythms of nature and the loving bonds between humans and animals create a space for renewal and connection. Whether you're seeking solitude amidst the rolling fields or eager to engage in hands-on farm activities, your time here promises to be both meaningful and restorative. Thank you for choosing to be a part of our journey toward a more compassionate and inclusive world. We look forward to hosting you at Rags to Rescues, where relaxation, purpose, and community converge in harmony.
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Trinity Ranch "Farmping"

8 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents34 acres · Redmond, OR
We are a farm to table family operated ranch. Our goal is to provide all who come here a sense of joy and value. We accomplish this by providing excellent service, high quality food, and sharing our 34 acres of God's beautiful part of the world! Centrally located between Bend, Sisters, Smith Rock, and all the mountain activities, it is a perfect spot for your stay-over. We would be happy to provide you with recommendations of local food or activities if you're interested. All of our RV sites are dry camping, but we do provide access to water and a dump station. The 3 RV sites are relatively close together. In particular sites 2 and 3 would be ideal for groups. All the RV sites also have a dedicated tent area. We try to come meet you during your stay here and we want you to feel like this is home away from home. Situated between the 4 sites is a rustic, semi-private outdoor shower and a portapotty. Come see us!
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Trans Cascadia Excursions

3 sites · Lodging1 acre · Westfir, OR
Discover a hidden gem nestled along the banks of the river. We offer both our charming riverfront dome where guests are surrounded by nature's tranquility. Relax and unwind in the privacy of our unique dome accommodation, complete with an outdoor patio area overlooking the river. Enjoy our wood fired sauna and a cold dip in the river or rain shower. We also offer a Trailer/Van spot for guests in need of a safe place to call home for the night. *Both have shared access to the outdoor bathroom during their stay as well as the wood fired sauna.
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Forest camping in Wickiup Reservoir with campfires guide

Overview

Not far from the town of La Pine in the Central Oregon high desert, Wickiup Reservoir is a well-known spot for cooling off in the oftentimes sweltering summer months. Both non-motorized and motorized boats are allowed here, and there are multiple boat launches, with two at the two lakeside campgrounds and a third on the reservoir’s eastern banks. Wickiup Reservoir is also a popular spot for both birdwatching and fishing, particularly if you're hoping to catch a large brown trout. While many people fish directly from their boats, shore fishing is an option earlier in the season.

Notable campgrounds

Tips for snagging a campsite

  1. Reservations for the can be made directly through the Forest Service, either online using recreation.gov or over the phone. Campsites open up for reservation six months in advance, at 6 am.
  2. The peak season runs from the end of May until the end of September. Outside of that time, campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  3. If you can’t find a spot at Wickiup, note that there are still tons of places to camp in the area, both in nearby state parks, on BLM land, and at privately run Hipcamps.

When to go

The best time to visit Wickiup Reservoir is in late spring or early autumn, when the weather is warm and dry and the crowds are fewer. July and August are also great months if you like warm weather, but the reservoir and area campgrounds can get very busy with summer vacationers. Accessing the area during the cold winter months can be challenging due to heavy snowfall.

Know before you go

  • The easiest place to pick up groceries and other supplies is the town of La Pine, about a half-hour drive from the reservoir.
  • Do not enter the water during cyanobacteria (harmful algae) blooms. The forest service puts out alerts about blooms, but it's always a good idea to do a visual check just in case. Water that looks foamy or thick and is a green, blue, or brownish-read color should be avoided.
  • Forest fires are an issue in this part of the forest, and bans on fires and even some types of cooking devices are not uncommon. Check before igniting anything.

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