The Best in Tent Camping Oregon  by Becky Ohlsen

The Best in Tent Camping: Oregon Guide Book

by Becky Ohlsen (Menasha Ridge Press)
The Best in Tent Camping Oregon  by Becky Ohlsen
As anyone who’s spent any time traveling here knows, Oregon is a place of unparalleled beauty and diversity. Extremes of climate, terrain, and vegetation can be experienced in a single day’s outing. In a few hours, you can drive from the Blue Mountains to Hells Canyon and feel like you’ve gone interstellar. The southeast corner of the state could not be more different from the southwest: arid, expansive, and dotted with mustangs on the one hand; lush, green, and stormy on the other. The campgrounds included in this book offer a sample of the variety that makes Oregon such a prized destination for those who seek outstanding outdoor adventures. But keep in mind that it’s only a sample; there are plenty of unexplored corners of the state, hidden places that might be right around the corner from some of the places we describe here. As you use this book, be sure to supplement it with your own sense of adventure and discovery. As for things to do once you reach your chosen campground, we provide some leads here, but there’s bound to be more than we can pack into one book. Explore as much as you have time for—you won’t regret it.

© 2018 Becky Ohlsen /Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Trails from the "The Best in Tent Camping: Oregon" Guide Book
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Anthony Lakes Campground, at 7,100-foot elevation and only 30 miles northwest of Baker City, is part of the Anthony Lakes Recreation Area, which also includes the much smaller and less developed Mud L ...
Baker City, OR - Campgrounds - Trail Length:
Strictly for intrepid drivers and adventurous types with sturdy four-wheel-drive vehicles, Badger Lake Campground is one of those out-of-the-way places with an access road so gnarly that it just about ...
Dufur, OR - Campgrounds - Trail Length:
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Primitive. Desolate. Rugged. Wild. Haunting. These are a few of the adjectives that quickly come to mind when you think about the Deschutes River country. Rivière des Chutes (River of the Falls), as i ...
Prineville, OR - Campgrounds - Trail Length:
The most scenic part of the nature trail follows Spencer Creek, which borders the campground to the south. (Access the trail from the C Loop near site C3.) After crossing Spencer Creek, the trail spli ...
Newport, OR - Campgrounds,Mountain Biking - Trail Length:
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Buckhorn is a long way from anywhere, not unlike many of the lonely, sacred spots around the Blue Mountains, the Wallowa Valley, and Hells Canyon National Recreation Area. If you’re looking for a plac ...
Enterprise, OR - Campgrounds - Trail Length:
Tired of driving forever on rough forest roads just to find a place to set up camp? Then check out Camp Creek. You can’t beat the convenience of this campground, located directly off US 26 ...
Zigzag, OR - Campgrounds - Trail Length:
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Anyone who’s driven along the famous US 101 knows that the entire Oregon Coast is one long necklace of windswept headlands and craggy contours, linked by a glistening thread of lowland sand dunes and ...
Port Orford, OR - Campgrounds - Trail Length:
Just south of Netarts, the lovely and linear Cape Lookout State Park is one of three campgrounds on Three Capes Scenic Drive. The route actually encompasses two more state parks with (as you may have ...
Tillamook, OR - Campgrounds - Trail Length:
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Cape Perpetua, the last of the trio of capes with campgrounds we recommend, got its name from Captain James Cook in 1778. Cook passed by as he fearlessly continued north on his fruitless search for th ...
Yachats, OR - Campgrounds - Trail Length:
Driving east on US 20 out of Sweet Home, you first pass Foster Lake, a large and decidedly unscenic reservoir created by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Then the road gets a little curvy, the ...
Cascadia, OR - Campgrounds - Trail Length:
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There’s one thing to know about Lost Creek Campground: get there as early as possible and stake your claim. Bribe someone if you have to. Here’s the deal: Lost Creek is one of only two campgrounds ins ...
Medford, OR - Campgrounds - Trail Length:
East Lake is the best of several campgrounds inside the Newberry National Volcanic Monument, and it makes an ideal base for exploring this amazing corner of Oregon. If you’ve been putting off a ...
Bend, OR - Campgrounds - Trail Length:
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Welcome to the heart of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. If you’ve never ventured into this stunning sector of the Oregon coast, prepare yourself for an experience that you will not forget. ...
Reedsport, OR - Campgrounds - Trail Length:
Hugging the southern boundary of Bull of the Woods Wilderness, peaceful Elk Lake (not to be confused with the Elk Lake near Mount Bachelor) is named for the huge herds of elk (you guessed it) that onc ...
Mill City, OR - Campgrounds - Trail Length:
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Get ready for views of a 9,500-foot snowcapped peak, spacious lakefront tent sites wonderfully free of annoying mosquitoes (well, for most of the year), a wilderness boundary practically at the back&# ...
Klamath Falls, OR - Campgrounds - Trail Length:
It’s cliché to say that getting somewhere is half the fun, but with Frissell Crossing it’s true. The campground sits along the Aufderheide Memorial Drive—one of the first 50 drives in the countr ...
McKenzie Bridge, OR - Campgrounds - Trail Length:
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There’s out there, there’s really out there, and then there’s getting to Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge from the nearest town of Frenchglen, population 117. You follow OR 205 south about 10 mi ...
Lakeview, OR - Campgrounds - Trail Length:
You know those campgrounds the locals are afraid to tell anyone about, in case the whole world finds out they exist? Head of the River Campground is (was? sorry) one of those places. Sure, it sh ...
Chiloquin, OR - Campgrounds - Trail Length:
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A peaceful, beautiful, almost poetic setting on the shoulders of the upper Imnaha River, this is one of our favorite little campgrounds in the state. It’s even easier to appreciate Hidden Campground a ...
Enterprise, OR - Campgrounds - Trail Length:
Though not many people seem to know about it, Waldo Lake is Oregon’s second-biggest natural lake (after Crater Lake), with a surface area of 9.8 square miles. It is also Oregon’s second-deepest natura ...
Westfir, OR - Campgrounds - Trail Length:
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