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Crater Lake and the Rogue River nearby + Lost Creek Reservoir at your feet = Paradise.

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Crater Lake Private Woodlands

5 sites 路 Lodging, RVs, Tents100 acres 路 Prospect, OR
Private and protected forest woodlands, trails, wildlife, ponds, wildflowers, old growth timber and views. Unspoiled nature at its best! We are located in southern Oregon near Crater Lake NP, just off of hwy 62, part of the Rogue-Umpqua Scenic Byway, more commonly known as the "highway of waterfalls" and near the little town of Prospect on what is known as the beautiful side of Crater Lake NP. Three waterfalls, a pizza parlor, the Prospect Cafe, and the Historic Hotel are all within a two-mile radius. If you're after that famous pie at Beckie's Cafe, you are 10 minutes close. Our 100 acre ranch allows us to host guests in their own RV's, at camp/tent sites, or in our new A-frame Cabin all located in private, and even secluded, sites. Several well maintained trails wind throughout the property and can be enjoyed by guests. Nature enthusiasts enjoy the hiking, wildlife viewing, and the beautiful ponds and woods. Crater Lake Woodlands is part of the historic Katydid Ranch. Once owned by Boise Cascade who used it both for growing seedlings to replant logged mountain sides and as a vacation getaway for their executives, the story of Katydid Ranch goes back to the early 1900's when it's owner named "Katy" used it as the "half-way" overnight lodging for horse & buggy guests traveling to Crater Lake from the Rogue Valley. Leaving the valley at the crack of dawn, they could arrive at "Katy's" by nightfall, in time for a meal and sound mountain sleep. They'd hitch up at dawn and make it to Crater Lake by nightfall. Historically, the first residents were the Rogue River Takelma and Latgawa native Americans. Latgawa lived in the聽Rogue Valley聽of interior southwest聽Oregon. In their own language "Latgawa" means "those living in the 鈥渦plands," though they were also known as the聽Walumskni聽by the neighboring聽Klamath聽tribes. Specifically, Ha-ne-sakh. The Latgawa were one of two peoples who spoke the聽Takelma language. They were hunters, gatherers, weavers and fished the Rogue River. They were known to have a stationary settlement and trading post at the Katydid Ranch location. Their tribes lived in the upper Rogue River area extending beyond聽Prospect聽and聽Union聽up to聽Crater Lake. Since we've owned the Ranch, we've maintained the custom of welcoming overnight guests and at the same time, we continue to honor the protected wildlife designation given to it back in the 50's. Wildlife viewing is one the delights we share with our guests. Please be mindful of native wildlife keeping dogs on leash so as to avoid chasing and barking at wildlife. Thank you. The animals here include, but are not limited to black tail deer, elk, fox, coyote, ringtailed cat, raccoon, skunk, and also typically farther up the mountain are the elusive mountain lions and black bear which we have never spotted on our property. The ponds and surrounding area are home to migratory to the Oregon Pond turtle, Canada geese, quail, wild turkeys, various owls including the great horned owls, hawks, cranes and eagles. Our pond bird watcher friends spotted Common Mergansers, Ring Necked Ducks, Canada Geese鈥nd a Loon. The bull frogs orchestrate the evening and can be heard at times throughout the day. Katydid Ranch is a wildlife sanctuary. The flora and fauna of the forest is abundant and diverse. This land is home to many native grasses, ferns, and berries, wild flowers, as well as many other edible and medicinal plants and numerous varieties of mushrooms. If you are visiting during blackberry season, feel free to pick, pick, pick and indulge. Katydid trees include old growth Douglas Fir, Ponderosa, Sugar, and Jeffrey Pine, various Cedar tree varieties, Incense Cedar, the majestic Pacific Madrone, Alder, Big Leaf Maple, Black and White Oak, Dog wood, and Vine Maple. You may also spot the prolific wild hazelnuts. As Forest Stewards, we are committed to maintaining a well balanced and diverse forest ecosystem.
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Rosehip Mountain

1 site 路 Tent5 acres 路 Prospect, OR
5 acres of rural forested land with mountain scape views flat gravel camp site with beautiful outdoor bathhouse. 5 minutes from Lost creek lake and on the way towards Diamond and Crater lake. Tons of nearby outdoor activities including fishing, rafting, hiking, waterfalls and the beautiful scenic landscape of umqua nation forest
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Umpqua's Last Resort

33 sites 路 Lodging, RVs, Tents4 acres 路 Idleyld Park, OR
Umpqua鈥檚 Last Resort is nestled along the North Umpqua River in the Umpqua National Forest. This region of the Oregon Cascade Mountains is commonly referred to as 鈥淥regon鈥檚 Emerald-Jewel Gateway鈥 to Crater Lake National Park. Spectacular marble river views, volcanic formations, thundering waters, and towering firs are just the beginning鈥 the North Umpqua River is World Class! Settled in the community of Dry Creek, 27-miles east of Idleyld Park [Idle-wild Park] on the North Umpqua River, Umpqua's Last Resort hosts fifteen 50/30/20amp Full Hook-up RV Sites, Glamping Tents, Camper Cabins, a Tiny Home, RV Experiences, heated shower house & restrooms, mountain Wi-Fi, access to the North Umpqua River & Dry Creek. Umpqua鈥檚 Last Resort is a privately owned recreational vehicle park & campground located on exclusive private-property deep in the heart of the Umpqua National Forest. As a proud equal opportunity recreation provider we thank you for your interest.
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Private, gated, forested

3 sites 路 RVs, Tents60 acres 路 Prospect, OR
Old mill property with wildlife and forests.Learn more about this land:Enjoy the private tranquility of the Cascade Mountains in this beautiful rural Full hookup RV site woodlands setting amidst trees and trails. Great for travelers who need a private place to park their fully self-contained home-on-wheels while traveling to Crater Lake National Park and the scenic Rogue-Umpqua area of the Cascades. Only 24 miles from the NP south entrance (on the Prospect desirable side of the NP)聽and most likely the closest private RV spot. 1/2 mile outside of the little town of Prospect, 1 mile to the Rogue River (fishing and rafting), 1 mile to 3 waterfalls, 8 miles to Lost Creek Lake (boating and recreation), plus an abundance of hiking trails in nearby local area. After viewing the amazing star-filled night skies, fall into a deep relaxed sleep and wake up to birds singing, enjoy your coffee and a nature walk.聽This serene and quiet RV spot consists of an open space nestled in beautiful mixed woodlands of mature doug fir, cedar, pine and madrone on our 60 acre property (You won鈥檛 see our house or shop since these RV spot is on the other side of the property). RV space has 50 amp power, well water and RV sewer. Your own toilet is a must. Be prepared to聽鈥淧ac-in, pack-out.鈥澛 This is a protected wilderness area. There鈥檚 a mix of sun and shade. At approximately 2600 ft elevation, a fresh gentle breeze significantly cools the late afternoon and evening summer temperatures. Most cell service carriers do get reception at this location, however, there is no WIFI. This can be聽a pull-through-and-around area.聽A long聽RV/trailer may need to make a y turn.聽 Short distance nature trails in the adjacent woodlands can be enjoyed in the immediate area. You will be alone in this no-frills spot. Just you and nature and your RV home.
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Off Grid Bliss

4 sites 路 RVs, Tents40 acres 路 Trail, OR
We own 40 acres just a few miles from Lost Creek Lake, walking distance if you up for a little hike, and 50 miles south of one of the wonders of the world, Crater Lake! We are working on remediating the land back to its former glory and are excited to have campers to help us get closer to reaching our goals as well as see and learn what it takes to remediate land after it has been clear cut. Don't think it is a clear piece of land with no life, it is very much full of life and doing very well at coming back to what it use to be with our help. With your visit you will be contributing to the rehabilitation.Learn more about this land:Pitch your tent in whatever area you would like. There is a shared outdoor kitchen and composting toilet near the school bus, which is also a rental. Choose to be as close or as far away as you would like. Tons of birds sing in the morning sunshine and you may even hear our resident owl at night.
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Crater Lake Resort

22 sites 路 RVs, Tents13 acres 路 Chiloquin, OR
Our property has been in business in one way or another for over 70 years. The stick built cabins are pre 1950's and no one really knows for sure how old they truly are. We are located on Fort Creek named after the creek that ran through Fort Klamath. Fort Creek is a beautiful 30' wide meandering creek that runs the length of the property north to south. We offer free use of our Old Town Canoes to paddle along it's extent and on up creek to a beaver damn. There is a fun hiking trail that runs over two bridges that span the creek, one covered and one floating. We also offer free catch and release fishing, there are Rainbow and Brown Trout in our waters. Fort Klamath is the birthplace and home of the US Army 1st Cavalry and our property is located on the the Forts Southeastern grounds. We are 9 miles from the southern border of the National Park and 23 miles from the southern Rim and Rim Village.
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Owl Creek Cabin Mountain Getaway

1 site 路 Lodging5 acres 路 Ashland, OR
Owl Creek Cabin is a secluded mountain getaway in the Southern Cascades east of Ashland Oregon. It's a perfect place for a creative retreat where solos or couples can leave the distractions of their everyday world behind. You'll be greeted when you arrive, walk a short trail to the cabin, and be shown how to use some of its features such as the outdoor firepit, grill, and attic sleeping loft. In snow season (December to May) you'll need all-wheel drive or front-wheel drive with all-weather tires. The roads and driveway to the cabin are plowed and kept in good shape but there will be packed snow on the road at our elevation - 4600 feet. Enjoy a glass of wine or mug of cocoa around the fire pit (NOTE: September through May we provide a propane fire pit), a great way to unwind, relax and appreciate the nature around you. The cabin is stocked with dishes, and a mini kitchen with a toaster oven, microwave, refrigerator, electric kettle, and coffeemaker. A picnic table and gas grill with a skillet and saucepan allow outside cooking and dining. The outdoor soaking tub is open June thru Oct. The cabin is equipped for comfort and is surrounded by forestland with miles of trails. Nearby Howard Prairie Lake and Lake of the Woods offer boating, kayaking, paddle boarding, and fishing with hiking trails around. It鈥檚 a scenic drive to beautiful Lake of the Woods on the way to Crater Lake National Park. Situated on five wooded acres, the cabin is next to a seasonal creek and adjacent to open BLM forested lands. You can hike out the door or drive 10 miles to catch the Pacific Crest Trail, or the trailhead to Grizzly Peak with views of the Rogue Valley and the Siskiyou Mountains. Trail maps are provided. Owl Creek Cabin offers beauty, solitude, fresh air, and plenty of wildlife. The cabin accommodates up to 4 guests.
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Southern Oregon Safari

3 sites 路 RVs200 acres 路 Shady Cove, OR
This pine, oak, and madrone covered 200+ acre refuge is home to a great deal of wild local wildlife such as deer, turkey, and elk, and is also a working ranch with many different species of captive raised exotics and domestics from camel, ostrich, buffalo, antelope, primates, large cats, giant tortoises, and much more! The ranch is also a breeding ranch to Gypsy horses, Haflingers, mules, and more. The location also features amazing views of the valley basin with overhead views of the famous Table Rocks, and Cinnabar Mountain, as well as Mount Mazama's stunning snowy peak.
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Hidden Forest Get-away

5 sites 路 RVs, Tents40 acres 路 Rogue River, OR
New! Brand new propane Fire Pits in Sites 1, 2 and 5 as well as New small table top Fire Bowls available in all sites are now available to rent and reserve, since the Fire Season began July 1st and prohibits wood burning in our region. Don't miss out on SMORES just because we can't have wood fires, these new Fire pits and Fire bowl options are fun and ready for your enjoyment. NOTE: Please ignore any references to wood or wood fires in our site listings during FIRE season. Ground Fire Pits are $10 per night and include propane. Table top bowls are just $5 per night and include their fuel. You can reserve and rent at the time of your reservation or you can pay through Venmo upon arrival. Please be sure you return the Fire Pit bowls cleaned from any marshmallows or food debris. We do have 2 small roaster forks available with each bowl. Elk Haven Ranch consists of 40 acres at the base of a mountain range that is BLM land. There are about 40 elk and dozens of deer running wild on and around the property. This property is a haven for them, no hunting is allowed. If you are looking to throw a Frisbee with your dog in a forested setting, without tons of campers right next to you, then this is your place. Room to roam, fresh water April through September and easy access to electricity. If you are looking to play games, just ask us for the corn hole or horse shoes, or help yourself to the games already out and available at the 2nd gate. Let us know what your goals are and we will do our best to accommodate for your stay. You can charge your cell phones and air mattresses on the electric pole by the entry gate.
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Forested creekside campsite

1 site 路 RV, Tent72 acres 路 Grants Pass, OR
Hey there! 聽I'm a single dad with 2 teen-kids, medical professional, who enjoys country living and sharing it with others. 聽I've聽lived in far-Northern CA and Southern Oregon my whole life, except for school/training, so State of Jefferson is聽my home. 聽We bought this land in 2017, when it was just brush, poison oak, and a rotten bridge. 聽聽Learn more about this land:Campsite on 72 acres聽along beautiful Jumpoff Joe Creek. 聽Shaded, adjacent to romantically lighted timber-frame private covered bridge (no traffic). 聽Very secluded, but only 1/2 mile from I-5 (no freeway noise, though). 聽Private "beach" area and kid-friendly water play area with wild creatures (turkey, deer,聽fish, crayfish, water striders, turtles, frogs, etc.). Picnic table, tent spots,聽and fresh water spigot. 聽Short hiking trails (watch out for poison oak!). 聽Best for tenting, smaller RV's, tree tents,聽or rooftop tents.聽聽>100 yards from nearest structure. 3 nights max except by private arrangement. 聽 聽NO smoking/vaping/marijuana. 聽NO wood fires, but propane fire-ring is available --聽bring your own propane tank or pay $5 extra to use my propane tank if available. 聽Good cell service from Google Fi/USCellular. 聽WiFi available on porch of owner's house by request.聽
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Healing Waters

4 sites 路 Lodging, Tents60 acres 路 Tiller, OR
60 acres straddling the upper South Umpqua. A large pond with active beaver.a mile of riverbank and a seasonal private island to explore. An abundance of wildlife are frequently seen on the property,including,bear,elk,deer ,geese,ducks,otter,muskrat,turtles,bats,a large variety of birds, butterflies,and more.Incredible views of the sky and stars at nite. Secluded sites on the river with a hot shower and toilet. Internet is available in some areas. Private cooking area, trails along a mile of river ,on the property including around the beaver pond.see where they have downed trees. Explore the private river island .play at nearby south umpqua falls. Visit the mountain caves or see the many waterfalls on the north umpqua. So many activities to choose from.Some of the pictures included are of the surrounding area.
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Myrtle's Place

2 sites 路 Lodging, RVs28 acres 路 Chiloquin, OR
Beautiful property close to Crater Lake National Park. The Wood River runs through it. The 28 acres is mostly undeveloped, but there are a few houses and a restroom outbuilding. Bring your kids, bring your dogs; enjoy the beautiful setting. We have a few kayaks, or there are rental kayaks available nearby. NOTE: Please be aware that the mosquitos can be very bad here at times.
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The best camping near Joseph H. Stewart State Recreation Area guide

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Grassy meadows to run and play...towering pine trees that envelop you in that woodsy feel. Miles of hiking and biking trails around a lake that's far more beautiful than it has any right to be. This is truly a great place to camp.

You can even rent a boat at the marina (lake access is 1 mile from the campgrounds). Catch some bass or trout, and cook it up at your site. Keep an eye open for algae bloom advisories.

Everything is just so well-run here. The bathrooms/showers are clean, there's a playground for the kids and an off-leash area for your pets. The campsites are really well-maintained鈥151 RV sites with a dump station, and another 50 tent sites. There's even a kitchen area with gas stoves and a bbq trailer for rent if you want to go gourmet. Don't miss the top notch star gazing after dark.

Notable campgrounds

  • Lakeview Campground: Offers stunning views of the water and is ideal for fishing enthusiasts.
  • Forest Loop Campground: Nestled among towering trees, this site is perfect for those seeking shade and tranquility.
  • Meadow Campground: A favorite for families, with easy access to park amenities and open spaces for play.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  • Book early, especially for peak season, to ensure your spot amid the park's natural beauty.
  • Consider mid-week stays for better availability and a quieter experience.
  • Keep an eye on cancellation policies for last-minute openings.
  • Explore nearby camping options for alternative accommodations when the park is full.

When to go

The best time to visit Joseph H. Stewart State Recreation Area is during the spring and fall when the weather is mild and the natural scenery is at its peak. Summer offers warm days perfect for water activities, though it's also the busiest season. Winters can be cold, with some facilities closed, so check ahead for seasonal operations.

Know before you go

  • Check the park's event calendar for special activities and closures before your visit.
  • Day-use parking permits are required; purchase in advance to streamline your entry.
  • Review the FAQ and rules section on the park's website for safety and regulation information.
  • Accessibility is a priority; inquire about specific needs or accommodations.
  • Remember to pack out your trash and respect the park's natural environment.

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