Desert camping in Wickiup Reservoir with snow sports

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

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12 top desert campgrounds in Wickiup Reservoir with snow sports

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Escape at the Deschutes

3 sites · RVs1 acre · Three Rivers, OR
Nestled in the embrace of Deschutes National Forest, our property beckons outdoor enthusiasts to a haven of adventure. Surrounded by the awe-inspiring landscapes of Central Oregon, this campsite offers a gateway to nature's wonders. Awaken to the crisp mountain air and immerse yourself in the tranquility of towering pines, with landmarks like the majestic Three Sisters and the iconic Deschutes River weaving through the terrain. Explore scenic trails by day, whether you're hiking or mountain biking, and unwind under the starlit sky by night. Your escape to nature's beauty begins here, amidst the splendor of Central Oregon. Site Highlights: *Extended stays welcome* -Full service sites -50 Amp service (30 Amp RV/trailer please have step-down adapter) -Gravel driveway -Electric, sewer, water and garbage included -Nice, quiet setting -Wildlife sitings such as elk, deer, rabbits, birds and squirrels -Quick access to the Cascade Lakes Highway -Short commute to Sunriver Village
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Sunset/Sunrise on Cricketwood Farm

1 site · RV5 acres · Bend, OR
Bend is listed as one of the best towns in the country by residents and visitors; "an outdoor enthusiasts dream with a bit of urban feel." Float pristine rivers and lakes, rock climb or hike Smith Rock State Park or visit the High Desert Museum. Hipcamper's have easy access to mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking, horseback riding, rock hounding, paddling, cycling, golfing and dining. We have 1 RV site with potable water, electricity and a picnic table. Pets are allowed. Guests love it here: "I had a wonderful stay. A beautiful and serene place. Easy to drive into Bend, yet away from the city hustle and bustle. Magnificent sunsets, and enjoyable walks through the surrounding countryside seeing and hearing birds and farm animals. Great hosts!"
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Camp Close to town, trails, river and more

1 site · RV1 acre · Bend, OR
Our house is located in Wood River Village. It is the beginning of where the Deschutes River bends as it comes into the town of Bend. One can quickly and easily walk to the river trail from our house. By going up river, one gets the sense of being remote and in the forest along a well maintained trail that makes a 3 miles loop with many rapids visible from the trail. By walking down river, one can quickly access Hayden Homes Amphitheater, Old Mill shopping and Downtown on a paved walking path. Check out the Hayden Homes Amphitheater websites for their concert series this year. https://www.eventticketscenter.com/hayden-homes-amphitheater-bend-tickets/525456/e?gclid=Cj0KCQjw06OTBhC_ARIsAAU1yOUS7UvoFf-WWpnWbHjLjiXzVu0zkNnzLjvGaFg_Oh2eCBJhXHjRfIEaAvU7EALw_wcB Learn more about this land: Campers will be camping in our backyard, surrounded by old growth Ponderosa pines. We are a 5 minute walk to the Deschutes River and a 15 minute walk to the Old Mill and Hayden Homes Amphitheater. We love it here. You will, too. We offer water and electrical hook ups. However, we have no public bathroom.
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Harmony Farm Sanctuary

1 site · Lodging10 acres · Bend, OR
Absolutely breathtaking mountain views from the tiny house and all over the property. Located on an active farm sanctuary. You will wake up to the sights, sounds and smells of our rescued farm animal friends. Learn more about this land: Tiny house with stunning mountain views located on a farm animal sanctuary, Harmony Farm Sanctuary. You will wake up in the morning to the sound of roosters crowing and our crew of friendly animal residents. It can be noisy at times but we find it delightful! The tiny house has huge, direct views of the Three Sisters mountains and Broken Top and plenty of outdoor sitting space to enjoy it and a little propane fire pit to enjoy the sunsets. The tiny house offers an amazing "glamping" experience and a unique opportunity to learn more about what we do at our animal sanctuary and even take a tour! The Space: Our hand made tiny house offers a double sized mattress (bedding included) in the upstairs area (access via an attached ladder!). Room for an additional person across from double bed also in upstairs area or put provided mat on the floor. Please note: the space is small for 3 people. We also offer a two person cot tent we can set up for you outside the tiny house during the summer only. The Kitchen: Tiny house kitchen area has a small refrigerator, small counter space for meal prep, a tea kettle for hot water, water jug for fresh water, french press coffee pot and coffee/tea, hot plate for cooking, popcorn maker and popcorn, pots and pans, silverware, napkins, bottle openers, etc. The Facilities: The tiny house offers a composting toilet for night time pee pee needs and offers a port-a-potty for all other uses please! Outdoor shower offered in summer only and must be requested! It is solar heated so we must have warm temps in order to have a warm shower! No showers offered the rest of the year but you can drive to the Village Green Park in Sisters and pay using coins to use their showers. The Location: Aside from the farm sanctuary we are conveniently located between beautiful Bend, Oregon and Sisters, Oregon. We have hiking and biking trails within .3 of a mile! We also have books to recommend 100's of other hiking, biking, nordic skiing and alpine skiing nearby! And, since we are outdoor enthusiasts ourselves, we are happy to recommend places to ski, hike, mountain bike, float or paddle!
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Golden Triangle RV

3 sites · RVs2 acres · Bend, OR
RV Parking only, no tent camping at this time. You may catch a glimpse of wildlife such as deer, eagles, lizards, birds, bunnies, and the two gremlins that live on the lower property. ( Please don’t feed them) We encourage laughter, smiles, and enjoying the sunset. Tumalo State Park is a 3-4 minute drive away and a great place to float, swim, or just hang out for the day. As always if you have any questions or concerns please don't be afraid to reach out! As crazy as this may sound, you are required to be able to set up your own RV, the very one you towed here. This includes but is not limited to chalking the wheels, leveling the RV, and hooking up and disconnecting. If you need help getting backed in we are happy to help guide you during daylight hours. If this is something you may struggle with and are unsure how to manage any of these tasks, we will not be held responsible for your "what in the heck were you thinking" moment
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Deedee's camp

4 sites · RVs, Tents2 acres · La Pine, OR
I have 2 acres my house is located in in the front of the property and there is a road on each side of my property and it's located in the city limits of la pine and easy access the check-in is by my house and then the property and where you would exit is on the other end of the property by the other road so super easy pull through property
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Casa di Beccaccino #1 Extended Stay

2 sites · RVs1 acre · Bend, OR
Central Oregon is a destination for Summer and winter recreation and work from anywhere. Learn more about this land: Central Oregon Recreation Property. Full Rv Hookups on flat gravel pad, for your RV, in a quiet setting. 30/50 amp available. Fresh water and sewer included.   We describe this as the number 1 pad of 2. VERY SAFE REGION. Get outside and enjoy the SUN! Longer Stay? Remote Work? All Seasons! This is set up for extended stay options. Please inquire about availability. 28 day minimum stay required. Approval by ownership only. Set up your RV and you are in the middle of countless recreation options. Stay and Work or Play. All Seasons! Please keep pets on a lead or inside a containment. No Barking Dogs allowed. Venture out to hikes, lakes, fishing or skiing. If you have a visitor, you are welcome to pitch a tent but we require that at least one person in the party have an RV as we do not have toilet access on the property. If you are bringing your kids please contact me or include this in your booking request. Propane campfires are a must. Deer, squirrels, rabbits and many birds are very common visitors to our area as well, enjoy.
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Cascadia Farm Sanctuary

5 sites · Lodging, Tents40 acres · Pronghorn, OR
Learn more about this land: Enjoy a small working hay farm and animal sanctuary outside beautiful Bend, Oregon. We have amazing sunrises, sunsets, and star gazing on this 40-acre property. We have 11 goats and 2 Llamas, and we plan to enlarge our herd this year and take in other unwanted farm animals as needed. Note: This is an adults-only location. No children or dogs are allowed on the property. We have recently added two open-air A-Frames to the two campsites for your enjoyment. Both come with Gas firepits, lofts, and hammocks. We also have a new wood-burning sauna as an added feature and costs $20 per person for the duration of your stay.
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Birdwatching Oasis

1 site · RV2 acres · Bend, OR
I wanted a peaceful place to call home. I found this property after a long search with a very patient and kind realtor. I fell in love with it almost immediately. The ponds bring wonderful wildlife that I enjoy watching and listening to….birds, frogs and many other animals. I wanted a property where I could have space to have horses or other farm animals if I chose to. I have not chosen to acquire them as of yet, but I like having the option. I love sharing this spot with others. The stars are incredibly brighter than most places and there is very little noise pollution as well. I call it my Little Desert Oasis. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! Learn more about this land:I offer Standard RV plug in electricity and water. Sorry no toilet facilities at all. So you must have your own self-contained bathroom set up in your rig. No tent camping is it allowed. Trailers and vans with toilet are a perfect fit. It feels like country out here with horses, sheep llamas etc. small farms all around. Yet close to town,  just a mile away from Highway 97 and about 3 miles away from Highway 20 near Tumalo. I think you will find the location convenient as it is only 15 minutes from the Redmond Airport, about 20 minutes to Sisters Oregon and downtown Bend is an easy 8 mile drive.There are pretty views of ponds joined by a creek and small waterfalls. The water features attract lots of wildlife! You will likely see deer, wild ducks, quail, hawks and many other types of birds. I even had a duck build a nest next to the pond last year and hatch a clutch of ducklings. There are several small Aspen trees and old junipers near the campsite next to the ponds. If the night sky and stars don’t take your breath away, the frogs will surely serenade you to sleep! There is a little view of the mountains as well. The site is centrally located for easy access to Highway 24 Highway 97. Trader Joe’s, Food 4 Less, Target, Starbucks and a outdoor shopping malls are only 5 miles away. Numerous restaurants are also only 5 miles from the home. There are more than a half a dozen breweries within 8 miles and 45 minutes to Mount Bachelor. The quaint little town of Tumalo is only 3 miles down the road. There you will find a cool taproom (The Bite) with outdoor seating, corn hole and yummy food carts. In addition, there is a great pizza joint and Tumalo Cider Bar. Tumalo State Park is less than 5 miles away. Riley Ranch Nature Preserve is also less than 5 miles away and well worth the trip!
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Alex E.’s Land

6 sites · RVs, Tents80 acres · Bend, OR
White Wolf Ranch is an organic vegetable farm situated on 80 acres with beautiful views of the cascade mountain range. Walk through the numerous trails among the juniper trees and sage brush. Play games and have picnics on the 2 acres of manicured lawn and even pick vegetables for your dinner from the greenhouses. This is a beautiful oasis in the high desert. 9 minute drive from Bend, Or or a short walk down to The Bite in Tumalo. Come enjoy a truly magical camp site on our farm.Please let us know if you would like to include vegetables for your stay, we also have camp chairs, yard games, paddle boards, etc all available at an additional charge. 
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Tom's Rest Canyon Retreat Center

5 sites · RVs, Tents20 acres · OR
TOM'S REST was created by Tom's wife Cheryl in an effort to carry out their plans to provide respite for those in need. Tom Edwards worked tirelessly for years to clear this wild recreation space where he planned to live while helping others. Tom suddenly and unexpectedly passed February 2, 2015 while in the process of making his move to Sisters with his High School sweetheart of 45 years. Cheryl continued his passion and their dream to make this a place for those in need as a way to honor the most giving man she ever knew. This process, while overwhelming, has brought some healing and it is our hope to continue that healing for others in need from life's many trials. We continue to use our funds to promote healing in grief and other trials of life. We would appreciate hearing from those that have anything to contribute in way of maintenance and housekeeping, services to provide those in need such as massage or counseling, or any other contributions you are led to give. We are developing a list of volunteers to be called upon when someone in need is referred to us and will keep you informed as things develop. Anyone having a grief, widows/widowers, caregiver, cancer, hospice or other group that would like to have their group listed should message us as well. These respite visits are short getaways to refuel and support individuals during tough times. Those that come to enjoy Tom's Rest will be ministering to those in need through your paid visits here and hopefully, gain some needed respite of your own. We have taken every precaution for distancing and cleanliness with the ever changing Covid policies for your safety and concerns. Most feel they are pretty much 'on their own' in this retreat area with the option for seclusion OR mingling if so desired. My deepest thanks to all who have stood alongside through this journey and continue to do so. May we collectively create TOM'S REST with Tom's intention and the passion he infused in us to carry it through to fulfillment.
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Mountain Lavender Farm Tipi

1 site · Lodging2 acres · OR
Mountain Lavender Farm tipi is a small 2.5 acre sustainable camp experience. Located just 15 minutes from downtown Bend where you can enjoy the city life if preferred. A 22’ Nomadic Tipi awaits you. 2 Queen futon beds, relaxing outdoor fire gas stove all situated in the middle of 500 lavender plants.
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Desert camping in Wickiup Reservoir with snow sports 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.

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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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