The best camping near Goose Lake State Recreation Area

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Waterfowl, deer, and campers coexist in this remote lakefront spot with seasonal camping.  

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Junipers Reservoir Campground

5 sites · Tents5000 acres · Lakeview, OR
Junipers Reservoir RV Resort was created approximately 30 years ago.  The RV resort sits at the end of a one mile gravel driveway, on the edge of a juniper forest overlooking the 200 acre Junipers Reservoir and its surrounding meadows. A large lawn and cedar buildings sit at the center of the oval shaped RV park, with the generously sized camping sites angled along the outside edge to provide the best views.  The resort boasts free fishing in the reservoir for trout, hiking and biking trails, rock-hounding, bird watching, wildlife viewing, horseshoes, and volleyball.  The view from the open air pavilion is spectacular!Learn more about this land:Located in the heart of a 5,000 acre cattle ranch. We have hot showers, laundry machines, restrooms, BBQ's, Covered Pavilion, park benches, and lots of lawns. Plenty of room for tent campers. We have an enclosed dog off-leash run area. Plenty of trees for shade, fresh air and blue skies. At night we are far enough from town that the dark night lights up with stars. We have a 200 acre lake for fishing (trout) and miles of trails to hike or bike on the ranch.   The rate shown here is for Tent Camping
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Phewpine Ranch

4 sites · RVs, Tents37 acres · Lakeview, OR
Basecamp for woods adventures in the Fremont-Winema National Forest, located on the Oregon Timber Trail and Fremont National Recreation Trail. Mountain biking, primitive backcountry bikepacking, hiking, fishing. Bare land suitable for tent camping or smaller RVs with high clearance - look for mud first if it's early season! Learn more about this land: 30+ acres of bare land nestled in the Warner Mtns between Lakeview and Plush, Oregon. Flat land with no amenities, restrooms at sno-park half mile across HWY 140. Perfect self-contained basecamp for backcountry woods adventures, Oregon Timber Trail cuts right through the property about 27 miles from the southern start.  Trailheads in all directions, primitive backcountry mtn bike trails and hiking, gravel and road cycling, bikepacking, geocaching, and excellent fishing in the small creeks and ponds all within a few miles.
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Sheila M.’s Land

8 sites · RVs7 acres · Lakeview, OR
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Back of Beyond

2 sites · Lodging20 acres · Lakeview, OR
Welcome to Back of Beyond. We are the only year-round residents living off of Camas Prairie in the North Warner Mountains, perched at 5,700' elevation. We have owned this beautiful piece of ground since 1996. It has ponderosa and aspen forests with a few white firs, junipers, and willows along the seasonal creek. Wild flowers are all over these mountains from Spring through September. The Squirrelville cabin was built in the early 1920s by a Lake County judge. The Whitetail cabin was built just after WW2 and is fully plumbed w/ hot water and a redwood deck, perfect for gazing at the stars. We are a member of Dark Skies Oregon, there is no light pollution, and on a clear night you can see the Milky Way. Privacy and solitude are on tap here: We are up against the Fremont National Forest, a massive 2.4 million acre forest offering multiple hiking and walking trails & winter sports. Speaking of winter sports, Warner Canyon Ski Area and Camas Sno Park are only a 5 minute drive away. The road running along our property is part of the 50+ miles of trail through the North Warner Mountain range, and into California. Love biking? It is also part of the new Timber Mountain Bike trail, as well as the Oregon Natural Desert Association alternative route to Lakeview. If you're looking to take home some of Oregon’s finest sunstones, South Central and Southeastern Oregon are the only areas in the world where the gem-graded sunstones with copper inclusions are found. Better yet, the Sunstone Public Collection Area is only an hour and 45 minutes away from camp. We are a mere 10 miles from the wide open spaces of the Great Basin, and a short drive to Hart Mt. Antelope Refuge. You get 2 ecosystems for the price of one! Hart Mountain Hot Springs and Petroglyph Lake are all an easy day trip away. Discover the largest concentration of Native petroglyphs in the entire state of Oregon, on and around Hart Mountain. Native Americans have lived in this area for over 10,000 years. Fishing enthusiasts will be happy to hear that native Red Band trout are in many water ways close by. Fly-fishing on Deep Creek and Vee Lake, or lure fishing for crappie and bass in the Warner Lakes, as well as Drew's and Cottonwood Reservoirs, Dog Lake, and Goose Lake. Seasonal wild flowers and bird watching are all very close at hand. Bird watch at the foot of Hart Mountain in the Warner Valley, where a series of lakes and wetlands form part of the Western Flyway for migrating birds. There are trails and blinds for bird watchers. Our water is pure Artesian spring water that we do not need to touch w/ chemicals.
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Camp Marchy

6 sites · RVs60 acres · Lake City, CA
Centered in the heart of Surprise Valley, Camp Marchy provides camping for Squirrel Hunters, Mule Deer Hunting (x3B), outdoor recreation with close access to Modoc National Forest, Oregon and Nevada. Many lakes and Creeks in the area provide trout fishing opportunities, not to mention hiking, 4 wheeling, cross country skiing and other Winter Sports. Surprise Valley, where the pavement ends and the West begins……
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EverClear Ranch

3 sites · RVs10 acres · Lake City, CA
Quiet Rv lots with a fantastic view of the warner mountains! Located ten minutes north of Cedarville; this easy access lot (right off county road 1) is the perfect hitchin' post for seasonal hunters, outdoor enthusiasts, or people who just want a quiet get away from the hustle and bustle of the city! By day play cornhole and explore the thousands of acres of public lands and off road trails; all within a 5 minute drive! Evenings present the perfect time to have a drink by the fire pit while enjoying the clear night sky boasting wonderful views of the stars and the milky way!!Learn more about this land:Quiet Rv lots with a fantastic view of the warner mountains! Located ten minutes north of Cedarville; this easy access lot (right off county road 1) is the perfect hitchin' post for seasonal hunters, outdoor enthusiasts, or people who just want a quiet get away from the hustle and bustle of the city! By day play cornhole and explore the thousands of acres of public lands and off road trails; all within a 5 minute drive! Evenings present the perfect time to have a drink by the fire pit while enjoying the clear night sky boasting wonderful views of the stars and the milky way!!
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Cranky Canard Mountain Cabin

1 site · Lodging20 acres · Lake City, CA
The Cranky Canard is a cozy log cabin that sits at the base of the Warner Mountains at 5,340 ft on 20 acres and backs to the National Forest. Beautiful view of the broad valley of the Pit River where you can witness breath-taking sunsets, dark skies where the Milky Way is visible to the naked eye, and even Mt. Shasta —which is located 95 miles west as the crow flies. Aptly named in honor of the Belligerent Duck, come enjoy this high desert cabin in the wilderness!
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Camp Freedom

3 sites · RVs, Tents3 acres · Alturas, CA
Learn more about this land: TAKE NOTE: I have turned off the pump house for the winter. If you plan on camping there, you will need to bring your own water and be prepared for freezing temperatures. The water will be turned back on next spring around March. Thank you! The recreation opportunities in the Alturas CA area are endless, fishing, hiking biking, hunting, boating and OHV. The camping site has nearly 3 acres with a view of the town of Alturas and is a great place to kick back and enjoy the atmosphere of fresh air and juniper trees. There are flat usable campsites around the property and one portion of the property is fenced for horses (bring your own water trough). The property is approximately 3 minutes from downtown Alturas with restaurants and stores. The sleepy town is a perfect place to hang out and relax at the big park in town behind the VFW Hall on Main Street, have refreshments at the two bars in town or try your luck at the Desert Rose Casino. The Wildlife Refuge has a self driving tour where you can see all kinds of birds and wildlife. Take a drive outside town to the "Ranches" to see deer, antelope, eagles and various waterfowl! Alturas is a high desert area with wonderful views of the Warner Mountains and has an enchanting feel to it. Temperatures in the summer rarely get over 100 degrees, mostly low 90's, and in the fall the cool nights make for great sleeping. Pop over Cedar Pass to Cedarville which is about 20 minutes away to check out the newly designated "Dark Sky" area. Come up and hang out in this very cool and special place, you will not want to leave!!  The town of Alturas is also in the coveted X hunting zones, X3a, X3b and X2, for those of you who like to hunt. Two sites have full hook ups and the small trailer site on the above pad (see trailer picture) has electric only.  During the winter, the pump house is turned off and drained due to freezing temperatures and the risk of blowing a pipe, so campers must bring their own water during November through March.  Please ask if there are changes in these dates for the water hook ups.
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C & A Campground

2 sites · RVs2 acres · Daphnedale Park, CA
Beautiful off grid campground in the rural area of Modoc National Forest. We are located approximately 30 miles from the Oregon state line, 90 miles from Mt Shasta and there is plenty of activities here in Modoc National Forest. This site is completely off grid with no access to water or power. The property is almost 2 acres big and less then 15 mins from the city of Alturas. Although Alturas is a very small quiet town we have a few grocery stores, gas stations, and dollar generals. Plenty of land to explore, hikes to take and sights to see! Let the adventure begin!
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The best camping near Goose Lake State Recreation Area guide

Overview

About

On the banks of the massive Goose Lake on the Oregon-California border, the remote Goose Lake State Recreation Area offers seasonal camping on a first-come, first-served basis, complete with hot showers, flush toilets, and an RV dump station. The quiet Goose Lake Campground is a great place for birdwatching, particularly during the spring and early summer months when migratory birds flock to the region. Goose Lake is also home to a large population of mule deer, particularly known to hang around the area in late summer and into autumn.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  1. The campsites at Goose Lake are not reservable in advance—they’re offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
  2. It’s usually not challenging to secure a spot at the lake, especially given how remote it is, but if coming on a summer weekend, you might want to come early in the morning to choose your space (especially if you need an RV site).
  3. The park has an additional grassy area where campers can pitch tents if needed.

When to go

Goose Lake State Recreation Area is open for camping from May through mid-October and for day use throughout the year, and the weather is at its warmest (and driest from late June through mid-September). Migratory birds—including, as the park’s name suggests, geese—flock here in spring and into the beginning of summer, while late summer and fall are the best times to spot mule deer, particularly at dusk and dawn.

Know before you go

  • A tiny general store sits in the town of New Pine Creek, a mile from the park. Gas stations and groceries are available in Lakeview, a 15-minute drive away.
  • You can purchase firewood and bags of ice right at the campground.
  • Campfires and the use of fire rings and camp stoves may be prohibited during periods of increased wildfire risk.
  • Pets are welcome, but must remain on a leash except when in the off-leash area, located on the west side of the campground. 

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