The best camping near The Cove Palisades State Park

Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next The Cove Palisades State Park adventure.

Hiking and paddling opportunities abound at this park between rivers.  

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Camping under the Stars

9 sites · RVs, Tents5 acres · Culver, OR
We are sharing our property with guests who have good reviews and are invited to the property. Our strict rules about --NO FIRES-- is strictly in effect all summer long. We do provide some outdoor propane firepits which work great for heat and marshmallows !! We love our property close to the lake and the great grasslands, and also love to share it with responsible groups for camping. Please note that we are only sharing our property and that this is not a full-time campground or RV park with any specific layout. There are no services offered, other than a Bathroom which is serviced regularly. Come camp with us, we look forward to hosting you and your friends/family.
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Winter Creek Acres

10 sites · RVs, Tents80 acres · Culver, OR
Come enjoy 80 acres of beautiful central Oregon! Ancient Junipers, stunning views of the Sisters and Mt. Jefferson, breathtaking sunsets…our property has it all. Escape the chaos and enjoy the peace and quiet and wide open space. We are also 20 minutes to the marina and swimming beaches for those hot summer days. Please do not camp near owner’s trailer. Porta-potty is NOT available to campers.
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vive el amor del lago

1 site · RV, Tent2 acres · Culver, OR
Learn more about this land: The Lake Billy Chinook area has everything for the perfect camp trip. There is bike riding, boating, fishing, hiking, bike, ATV trails, swimming, kayaking, lounging and enjoying nature. Come enjoy your own private space on 2.5 acres where you can enjoy some of the most amazing views of the Cascade Mountains, clear blue skies and some of the best star gazing around! Bring your RV and come have a quiet place to hang out while not playing on the Lake. We have a private 2.5 acre homesite just 5 minutes to the lake, swimming area with beach, and boat ramp at Lake Billy Chinook and Cove Palisades State Park.
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Casa Del lago 2 Lake Billy Chinook

2 sites · RVs, Tents1 acre · Culver, OR
Learn more about this land: Pull up and let the vacation begin. The Lake Billy Chinook area has everything for the perfect camp trip. There is bike riding, boating, fishing, hiking, bike riding, ATV riding, swimming, kayaking, lounging and enjoying nature. When you pull in just park in your site . We have 30 amp service but no RV septic hookup. The site is gravel so you will need to level your rig. We have a fantastic outdoor area complete with couch, loungers, BBQ, Fire Pit. The high desert offers some of the most amazing views of the Cascade Mountains, clear blue skies and some of the best star gazing around. Peace quite and privacy. There is a fantastic view of Mount Jefferson from the couch. Beautiful sunny days and cool comfortable nights. Hang out down at the lake and find a spot on the beach to have a picnic. Water ski, boat hang out. Hosts live in house located on property.
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Horse Ranch on the Rim

3 sites · RVs, Tents110 acres · Culver, OR
Come enjoy the scenic views. They are breathtaking. Room to set up camp and go for a hike. Owners live on the property and can assist you in finding the perfect spot for your family. Horses all around. Pets welcomed on leash. Smith Rock only 10 minutes away. Cove Palisades State Park is only 9 miles away.
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Copper Ridge in Crooked River Ranch

12 sites · RVs, Tents2 acres · Culver, OR
Copper Ridge is near Redmond in Central Oregon conveniently located between Redmond, Sisters and Terrebonne. The Crooked River Canyon offers many outdoor activities like hiking, fishing, golfing, and sightseeing. Plus, there are plenty of breweries and restaurants nearby.. Convenience: Convenient RV Sites In Central Oregon: 15-20 minutes to Redmond, Sisters, Terrebonne and 40 minutes to Bend Attractions: Nestled into the Crooked River Canyon with fantastic canyon views and easy access to Smith Rock, Lake Billy Chinook, and the Three Sisters Wilderness. Amenities: 8 sites with bathrooms and showers, laundry, manager on-site
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Simple Acres

1 site · RV, Tent3 acres · Bend, OR
We live on approximately 2.75 acres in NorthEast Bend. We are a family that lives on a simple hobby farm with goats, chickens, peacocks and a foster horse. Our chickens (yes we do have a rooster) are free range, and provide farm fresh eggs daily. Our goats graze in the pastures, and have fun around sunset playing in their play pen. Our senior horse is friendly and loves attention with brushing and petting. We have two barns, one where the animals live, and another that we sometimes rent out for gatherings, with a dance floor, tables, couch area, ping pong, horseshoe, and foosball. We have two indoor/outdoor cats, and a McNab named Belle. We do live on a busy street, so there is street noise if you are looking for super quiet, this is not the place for you. We live near a large park, Pine Nursery that is good for tennis, pickleball, sand volleyball, a small pond and trails for running, it also has a dog park. We feel away but are not too far from stores, down town, or even Old Mill. Our RV spot has full hook ups, with water, sewer and electric.
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Big Rock Ranch

2 sites · Lodging30 acres · Terrebonne, OR
Nathaniel and Raina Potter purchased this 30-acre ranch in 2016 and aptly named it "Big Rock Ranch." The modest ranch layout with the wildly immodest views of a giant rock outcropping jutting out of coyote butte was the immediate draw and continual wonder to Nathaniel, Raina, and all who visit. Big Rock Ranch runs cattle in the irrigated pastures and raises sheep and chickens for meat and eggs.Stay at Big Rock Ranch...Stay in a 12x14 ft canvas tent on a working regenerative family farm in the high desert. Enjoy views of a 300+ ft Tuff rock formation, Cascade Mountains, and irrigated pasture views all from the tent. Cook your own meals in the outdoor kitchen, outfitted with propane burners and a sink. Eat meals from the tent deck or the picnic table under native junipers surrounded by sagebrush, bitterbrush, and native grasses and tuff boulders. Collect farm fresh eggs and greens seasonally with the opportunity to enjoy meat raised at the ranch. One queen bed in a canvas tent, one folding cot, and access to a 2-person tent if needed to accommodate a family or two couples. Bedding is NOT supplied beyond the queen bed. Recreation Activities: Limited hiking available onsite but only 8 minutes from Smith Rock State Park for hiking and climbing. Only 25 minutes from Lake Billy Chinook for water recreating. Just 15 minutes from mountain biking at Skull Hollow. A 10-minute drive to swimming in the Deschutes River at Borden Beck Wildlife Preserve. Bend and Sisters are both 30-minutes away. Night rates are offerings to our family and ranch.
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deer acres

3 sites · RVs5 acres · Redmond, OR
We are located only 2 miles from the lower Deschutes river, fly and spin fishing are allowed ,also swimming and rafting. Rock climbing is just 5.1 miles away at Smith Rock. We have two R.V. spots on 5 acres with full hook up electric, water, and septic. We provide fire pit BBQ, picnic table on grass lawn. NOTE: fire pit use is guided by city or state regulations. NO TENTS sorry
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Mountain view escape

1 site · RV5 acres · Redmond, OR
A beautiful peaceful 5 acres in a quiet country neighborhood, with views of Mt Bachelor, the Three Sisters, and Mt Washington, Mt. Jefferson Learn more about this land: A 16’x30’ gravel site with 15 amp hookup with stunning mountain views in our quiet campground country neighborhood. This is for Class C motorhomes and vans (short trailers are fine but no fifth wheels or long trailers). As we don't provide bathrooms, we are not hosting tents or parties that need a bathroom. 9 miles to Smith Rock State park, 15 miles to charming town of Sisters, 19 miles to adventurous Bend. Short walk to the Deschutes river where you can picnic, swim, fish, or hike on trails. Watch deer graze under the Three Sisters mountains as you relax in the quite, peaceful setting you will be staying at. Fill your RV with our incredible tasting well water (May- Sept we have water) and watch the birds swoop over the valley underneath the gaze of the Cascade Range.
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River Oasis Farm

4 sites · Lodging5 acres · Sisters, OR
A 3 acre farm on the Whychus Creek. We grow biodynamic and organic food along with medicinal herbs. We run a botanical skincare and herb business and are happy to share some of our products with our guests. We have had chickens, ducks, geese, pigs, and goats. However, you may or may not see them with the changing seasons. We do have a couple farm dogs around the farm that roam free so bring a leash if you bring your dog.
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Wits End RV Camp

2 sites · RVs, Tents25 acres · Redmond, OR
Welcome to our spacious RV camp spot in Redmond, OR, conveniently situated just 5 minutes from town and a mere 10 minutes from the renowned Smith Rock. Whether you prefer solitude or are joining a sizable group of RVs, our site accommodates your needs.
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The best camping near The Cove Palisades State Park guide

Overview

About

Situated between the Deschutes River and its Crooked River tributary, The Cove Palisades State Park offers camping, cabins, and lots of outdoor activities. Hiking is popular here, and trails range from the quarter-mile Wetland Nature Trail Loop to the seven-mile-long Tam-a-láu Trail, which rewards those who climb it with fantastic views of the Cascade Mountains. For paddlers, the park offers easy access to both the Deschutes River and the Crooked River, the latter of which is beginner-friendly. There are also three day-use areas with boat launches and swim beaches, and the nearby Cove Palisades Resort and Marina rents out boats, water sports equipment, and moorages.

Notable campgrounds

  • Best for camping with dogs: Crooked River Campground (aka E loop) has a pet exercise area.
  • Best for families: Deschutes River Campground features horseshoes, a playground, and a basketball court.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  1. Camping reservations are available to book from six months in advance up to a day in advance. Reservations can be made on the Oregon State Parks website or over the phone.
  2. The two campgrounds here are separate from one another. Crooked River is also referred to as E Loop, while loops A-C are in the Deschutes River Campground.
  3. Availability opens at 6am PST, six months in advance. It's a good idea to be online and prepared to secure your spot.
  4. Same-day reservations are available on a first-come, first-served basis, but only in person. Arrive early for the best chances of getting a spot.

When to go

The Cove Palisades State Park is open for day use throughout the year and for camping from March through October. The park and its campgrounds are busiest in summer, particularly from June until September before kids go back to school. Weekdays in late May or early September are good alternatives if you want warm weather without the crowds.

Know before you go

  • Basic supplies and fuel are available for purchase at the nearby Cove Palisades Resort and Marina. If you need a more extensive range of groceries or supplies, you can head to the nearby city of Madras, about a 20-minute drive from the park.
  • Both campgrounds have accessible campsites and restrooms. The Upper Deschutes and Crooked River day-use areas have accessible kayak launches.
  • Fire bans are common due to wildfire risk, especially in the hot and dry summer months. In times of extreme danger, portable cooking devices that run on fuel or propane may be prohibited.

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