Central Oregon DailyCamping canceled: 22 Deschutes Nat’l Forest campgrounds closed for snow

Camping canceled: 22 Deschutes Nat’l Forest campgrounds closed for snow

Camping canceled: 22 Deschutes Nat’l Forest campgrounds closed for snow

Camping canceled: 22 Deschutes Nat’l Forest campgrounds closed for snow

People hoping to camp at some Central Oregon campgrounds this coming Memorial Day weekend are going to be disappointed. The Deschutes National Forest said late-season snow and cold temperatures have left much of of the forest under snow. That means 22 campgrounds won’t be operating, although there’s a chance two could open in time.

The remaining snow has made it hard for Vista Recreation, which is the concessionaire for Deschutes National Forest, from conducting preseason safety checks, inspections, repairs and hazard tree removal. Forest Service roads are not plowed or maintained for winter conditions.

Snow along the Cascade Lakes Highway is anywhere from 1-to-4 feet, the Forest Service said. Some roads to campgrounds are impassable and still under snow. 

Snow at Lava Lake, Oregon, May 2022. (Credit: Deschutes National Forest)

Those who made reservations will get an email from recreation.gov announcing the cancelation. Reservations have been cancelled through June 16 and the new, tentative date to open is June 17.

SEE ALSO: Prescribed burns in national forests paused for 90 days nationwide

Here is a list of the closed campgrounds this weekend:

Bend-Fort Rock Ranger District

  • Cultus Lake Campground (under assessment – may open if annual hazard tree removal can be completed by 5/27)
  • Elk Lake Campground
  • Lava Lake Campground
  • Little Cultus Campground
  • Little Fawn Campground
  • Little Lava Lake Campground
  • Mallard Marsh Campground
  • Point Campground
  • Quinn Meadow Horse Camp
  • Soda Creek Campground
  • South Campground (Hosmer Lake)

Crescent Ranger District

  • Contorta Flat Campground
  • Contorta Point Group Camp
  • Crescent Lake Campground (under assessment – may open if annual hazard tree removal can be completed by 5/27)
  • Princess Creek Campground
  • Simax Group Camp
  • Spring Campground
  • Trapper Creek Campground
  • Whitefish Horse Camp
  • Windy Group Camp

Sisters Ranger District

  • Three Creek Meadow Campground and Horse Camp
  • Whispering Pines Horse Camp


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