Desert camping in Wickiup Reservoir with a private bathroom

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

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Golden Triangle RV Bend, Oregon

3 sites · RVs2 acres · Bend, OR
Looking for the perfect escape from reality? Rent a spot at our RV campsite, where the WI-FI is weak but the connections are strong! Enjoy the great outdoors with all the comforts of home, minus the pesky neighbor's dog barking. (JUST KIDDING!) Unplug, unwind, and find out what that sunset actually looks like! Book now because your therapist said you need it. :0) We are located 10 minutes into downtown Bend, and about 20 minutes to either Sisters or Redmond. Don't miss out on the great lineup at Hayden Homes Amphitheater with concerts ALL summer long. The world-famous Sister Rodeo is the biggest little show in the World! (June 5th-9th)The Sisters Quilt Show July 11th-14th 2024) Or just come to beautiful Central Oregon and enjoy the great outdoors with plenty to do. Mountain bike riding, hiking, fishing, floating, food trucks, microbrews, and ciders oh my! Grab a chair and head to "The Bite" in Tumalo just a 5-minute drive away.
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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. 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. We now have a new small outdoor kitchen with a two burner propane stove! 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! If you want to know a secret river dipping spot or where to go to find showers please let me know! 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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Tom's Rest Canyon Retreat Center

5 sites · Lodging, 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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Travelers Rest Stop

1 site · RV, Tent8 acres · La Pine, OR
A great spot near HWY 31 and HWY 97 to stop while traveling. 8 fenced acres welcomes you on a dead end street in our quiet neighborhood. The camp spot is your own private oasis with 4 sun shades and a 32' circle for tent spots. There's private parking, a 12' picnic table and shady hammock space. You'll most likely be greeted by our super friendly German Shepard who is great with other dogs and kids. We're looking forward to meeting you!
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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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Twisted Juniper Ranch

2 sites · Lodging2 acres · Bend, OR
Come stay in a traditional Mongolian Yurt on this majestic 2.4 acres of land located on a butte with southern exposure facing Mt. Bachelor, Broken Top, and Three Sisters Peaks. Enjoy the great views while soaking up plenty of sunshine during the days and excellent star gazing at night. Juniper dominate the landscape with an abundance of black lava, the densest lava found in Central Oregon. There are local mule deer that travel thru the ranch foraging on sagebrush and juniper berries. This campsite is located close to plenty hiking/biking trails and state parks. Whether you enjoy rock climbing, fly fishing, hiking, rock hounding, or spending the day shredding on Mt Bachelor there are activities for everyone nearby. We have a flock of 5 free range chickens that you are likely to encounter, they are very friendly. 6 miles-Tumalo State Park 20 miles-Smith Rock State Park 10 miles-Redmond Airport 32 miles-Mt. Bachelor 3 miles-Deschutes River 9 miles-downtown Bend
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The Hitching Post at Horse Butte

2 sites · RVs, Tents80 acres · Bend, OR
The Hitching Post at Horse Butte Farms offers six (6) RV hookup sites and two (2) tent camp locations overlooking the pond. The back 20 acres (where the campsites reside) has a trail path for horses or bikes that leads to an easement to Horse Butte where you can mountain bike, trail ride or hike the BLM land.
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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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The Honeybee Ranch

5 sites · Lodging11 acres · Bend, OR
You are just minutes away (whether you are Hiking, Biking, Walking or riding your Horses to our quaint and lovely little village of Tumalo for outdoor music, food trucks, fire pits and country store. Perfect space for artist/writers retreat! We are a 12 min drive to downtown. And are centrally located to all in the surrounding area. You can float the river, launching in Tumalo or the Old Mill for river floating, walking and hiking. Trails are in the surrounding area. Private and gorgeous! Perfectly situated in the "Golden Triangle" of Bend, Redmond and Sisters. The 11 acre Ranch is also surrounded by hundreds of acres of Wooded and Open-Range Fields, for which you’ll have access to most of the property to hike, bike, walk or Horse-Back (Horses not provided).... in addition to the beautiful fields just outside the property line where you can walk the trails to downtown Tumalo! You will see resident deer, owls, falcons and coyotes. Come unplug on your slice of "privacy".....and enjoy the view of Pilot Butte in the distance! Two adults-capacity: Includes two twin beds. Dining Room Small refrigerator/freezer, Full Bathroom (Compost) Shower (Cold) Cold Water Heater Indoor / Outdoor lights Picnic Table Outdoor Fire Pits and BBQ Open....open spaces!! Five minutes to the Deschutes River for fly fishing and river floating. Bring your bikes, Hiking Boots, skies....and your own Horses....(we can sell you Hay on site....if you need Hay). We will happily share the best places to float, horse-back riding, hikes, bike trails to relax. Need something additional or forgot it? (floats, bike, ice, coffee creamer, s'mores, etc...just ask us!) Property condusive to snow shoeing and cross country skiing when snowy. Due to COVID 19 stipulations please bring your sleeping bags and pillows! Sheets are provided but we ask you bring a good sleeping bag to ensure you’re warm. Campsite is set up for two people. Join us at HoneyBee Ranch, where we value your privacy!
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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 a private bathroom 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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