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The best camping near Prineville Reservoir State Park

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Swim by day and stargaze by night at a sprawling high desert reservoir.

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Desert Rose Private Campground

3 sites 路 Lodging2 acres 路 Prineville, OR
Welcome to our family's Private Campground - The Desert Rose. A boondocking site for you and your family to enjoy! We have a Yurt, a cabin, 3 RV/Travel trailer pads and 2 tent sites created here and plenty of room for everyone to have their own space yet be all together. You can book the entire campground, or just one of the units. Whether it's just you, or you're bringing a crew, we know you'll love it here! Our favorite hikes in the Central Oregon area is Smith Rocks and Chimney Rock. The Prineville reservoir is roughly a 12 minute drive and the starry nights here are something to behold. Up the road is the most unique petting zoo that we recently found! Find it and you might just be able to hold a baby kangaroo! Boondocking site means there is no hook-ups or running water so you'll want to bring in your own water and heat if you're here in the colder months. Your four legged furry family members are welcomed! They must be accompanied at all times and not left on the property alone. The dog run is for you to keep closer tabs on them while relaxing, not for leaving them while going into town or enjoying the area. The dirt is very soft and it wouldn't take very long for them to dig under to get out and go looking for you. The cabin or yurt is also not a pet storage area - with no power or AC, pets are not allowed to be left alone in the dwellings.
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Juniper Pines Private RV Camping

1 site 路 RV2 acres 路 Prineville, OR
Juniper Pines is our family's 2 acre, peaceful, rustic, uninhabited getaway in Central Oregon. It is 7 minutes North of The Prineville Reservoir and 12 minutes South of the Town of Prineville. The property is flat and situated on a corner, and is best suited for dry campers who want a peaceful experience away from others all to themselves as there is no host living on site. The center area is cleared of trees, has a rustic fire pit in the center, with trees surrounding the perimeter of the property. The adjacent property to the side has no buildings or tenants, adding to your sense of privacy, while the adjacent property to the rear has year round, live in quiet tenants. In the summer, we bring our boat, kayaks, paddle boards, jeep, and boat and use them in the surrounding waterways and on the nearby public use BLM land. Or bring your family's fishing poles and take the kids to the local Youth Fishing Pond or nearby Haystack Reservoir that are both stocked year-round with trout. There is plenty of room on the property to bring your kayaks or boat if you plan to use the local waterways. Be sure to try Grannies for local treats just a few minutes away, for special coffee drinks and food you are bound to love, or if you need ice or a quick breakfast burrito. Be sure to run into town and stop in at Tastee Treet, for the best milk shakes and burgers around! And- if you like micro brews or cider's in a very laid-back open-air fire side setting, stop by the Wild Ride Brewery in Prineville for a truly epic outdoor family friendly experience. While you are there, grab some delicious food at the on-site food carts! We haven't been able to use our property as much as we would like, so our family getaway camp spot is now open to share with others. We hope you enjoy this location, the privacy, and ability to camp with a larger group all by yourselves. I hope you get to enjoy all the things that we love to do without having to share outdoor space right next to others or struggle to find an open reservation!
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B:30 Desert Destination

3 sites 路 Tents10 acres 路 Prineville, OR
Enjoy Cascade Mountain views during the day and unlimited stargazing at night.聽聽Cook your own meals in the outdoor kitchen, featuring a propane stove and propane BBQ.聽聽Camping is situated聽on 10 acres and just 10 minutes聽from the Crooked River, Prineville Reservoir and Millican Valley OHV Trail System聽.聽 A聽15 minute drive will take you to a very scenic聽hike at Chimney Rock Trail.聽聽Bend and Prineville are both a 30 minute drive away. The group tent site is聽on two separate-12' x 14'聽flat gravel pads and will accommodate tents of all reasonable sizes. The other two separate tent sites are roughly 20'x20' flat gravel pads and will accomodate 2 individual tents if needed. Wood fire bans are in effect year round. We do provide propane fire pits at each site as an alternative. Group site outdoor shower available Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.
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High Desert Juniper

1 site 路 RV2 acres 路 Prineville, OR
Learn more about this land:Residence with Cascade views, birds, bunnies, quail聽and lizards mixed in.聽 Some privacy, close to Prineville Reservoir and 5 miles from downtown Prineville. House and shop are modern and well kept, site is almost flat with good tasting well water and of course juniper trees.
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Buzzard's Roost

25 sites 路 RVs, Tents25 acres 路 Prineville, OR
Just five miles east of Post Oregon on highway 380, 1/4 mile on Pine creek and Antelope res. Rd (NF 17) Buzzard Roost Private Campground is a great getaway located in the surrounding areas of great fishing, Hunting, Biking, Hiking and just plain kicking back and enjoying Mother Nature. This is a new campground and was only open last year for a short while while in between developing the sites . It was chosen by a very reputable RV manufacturer and had a Television commercial shoot using Buzzards Roost Private Campground as the main site. There are twenty five active dry camp sites and twenty two pull through spaces for RV clamping. Please enjoy your stay
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Cray Cray Farm

1 site 路 RV7 acres 路 Bend, OR
Our farm is a 7 acre farm just outside city limits in Bend, Oregon. We raise chickens and goats year round, with other animals during the summer. We have a canal on three sides of our property, so you can hear running water as if you were camping on the river. There is a beautiful view of the mountains from your spot and you are less than 15 minutes away from Downtown Bend. There are so many amazing things to do in Central Oregon that are less an hour away including hiking, mountain biking, floating the river, and much more.
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The Cool Ranch

1 site 路 RV, Tent2 acres 路 Tumalo, OR
We have large private driveway and 2 acre property off of any major roads. We have friendly dogs and chickens to provide daily fresh eggs. Behind our property is public land with some trails for walking and the paved loop around our neighborhood provides beautiful views of the Cascade Mountains and Smith Rock. *PLEASE NO OPEN FIRES OR CHARCOAL GRILLS. GAS GRILLLS FOR COOKING ARE OK*
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Harmony Farm Sanctuary

1 site 路 Lodging10 acres 路 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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River Woods Basecamp

1 site 路 RV1 acre 路 Bend, OR
The perfect, cozy basecamp in the woods. ~15min from downtown Bend, 40min to Mt Bachelor, River access, quiet, walkable, dog friendly neighborhood. Your spot sits on our acre property on the side of our house. You have water and electrical hookups (need to provide your own toilet, no dump!) provided and are welcome to walk around/set up your hammock and chairs around the property, and use the hot tub on the back deck. We love meeting traveler's 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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Back Side of Painted Hills Camping

1 site 路 RV, Tent320 acres 路 Mitchell, OR
This 320 acre plot of land on which you can hike anywhere has been in our family since 1993. Large, graveled聽spot for tents or two vehicles聽with excellent view for miles and miles and night star gazing. Primitive outhouse. Juniper forest with sage brush... basically high desert vegetation. We only allow one reservation per night, although there is lodging (reserved) at the log home almost out of sight up above you. 320 acres to hike and roam. Mitchell is 10 miles away with well stocked grocery and feed store, restaurants, small brewery, and tire shop. We give directions fairly quickly. Road is wide, but steep at top. 4 wheel drive is recommended. Very close to the Painted Hills Unit of the John Day Fossil Beds National monument, Ochoco National Forest is seven miles. John Day River for swimming, rafting about 20 minutes. If you can book, it means you can drive on up with out contacting us.聽 As you drive in if at night, you will see a light on the outhouse.
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Pau Hana Acres

1 site 路 RV, Tent10 acres 路 Prineville, OR
Welcome to Pau Hana Acres. A private 10-acre group campground with (6) trailer spots; located 15 minutes SW of the Prineville Reservoir. You are renting out the ENTIRE campground; Max 2 Vehicles per trailer spot. BUNK HOUSES NOT AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME. BBQ provided w/ 5 gallon tank. Things to do: 鈥ish, Swim or bring your boat to Powder House Cove Boat Ramp, located at Prineville Reservoir. (15min) 鈥wimming, floating, fishing on the Crooked River. (15min) 鈥TV trails located on the North side of Reservoir Rd and West at Four Corners Staging Area. (10-15min). 鈥eynolds Pond, located in the small town of Alfalfa, Oregon. Alfalfa has a small convenient store with gas/propane. (20min) 鈥ity of Prineville, Oregon. (30min) 鈥ity of Bend, Oregon. (35min) 鈥ine Mountain Observatory for all the stargazers. (50min south) Prineville Reservoir was named into the International Dark Sky community for all the star gazers, so bring your telescope. *TRUCK/TRAILER LENGTH SHOULD NOT EXCEED 58鈥.
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Experience Heaven

11 sites 路 Lodging, RVs, Tents157 acres 路 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. Pets allowed, toilets on site, campfires permitted when burn ban is not in place. This being the 4th year, things have gotten a little out of hand. So let's regergitate some things and make sure everyone understands how it is. 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 almost to the point of saying no BIG DOGS. If you got big dogs, my suggestion is you go book someplace else. Talk to me. 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 music. I have changed quiet time to 9:00 PM. You need to listen to 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 鈥渢ake a break鈥. 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 鈥淗eaven鈥. 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 鈥淓xperience鈥 that just might lead you to a more fulfilling and happier life.
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The best camping near Prineville Reservoir State Park guide

Overview

About

Surrounding a 3,000-acre canyon reservoir in the arid high desert of Central Oregon, Prineville Reservoir State Park offers opportunities for swimming, fishing, boating, and other water sports, with multiple boat ramps and moorages for visitor use. Although the water is the main draw, the park also attracts those who prefer to keep dry, with a couple of moderate hiking trails and chances to spot birds and other wildlife, particularly once you get away from the popular day-use area. The International Dark Sky Park鈥檚 stargazing alone makes it worth staying the night at Prineville Campground, home to tent sites and full-hookup sites, plus a handful of log cabins.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  1. Reservations for the main campground open six months in advance, at 6am each day on the Oregon State Parks online system.
  2. If you're unable to get a spot at the main campground, head to Jasper Point for its first-come, first-served campsites.
  3. Quite a few primitive, drive-in, and boat-in campsites can be found along the reservoir. Check directly with park rangers for availability.
  4. Other people鈥檚 cancellations can work in your favor. Check in with the park directly to see if any last-minute spots have opened up (openings under a day away are not bookable online).

When to go

Prineville Reservoir State Park is open year-round, but it鈥檚 at its most popular in the hot summer months. Due to its dark sky status, the park is particularly popular during the annual Perseid meteor shower in mid-August. If you want to beat the crowds and still take advantage of warm days, consider visiting in late spring or early autumn, when school is in session. While Oregon tends to be rainy this time of year, Prineville鈥檚 location east of the Cascade Mountains keeps things dry.

Know before you go

  • The high desert location means that while summer days can be quite hot, temperatures drop dramatically at night. Bring layers.
  • The campground has two accessible campsites and two accessible log cabins.
  • You can buy food and supplies in the nearby city of Prineville, about a 20-minute drive from the park.

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