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On the northern shores of the Ochoco Reservoir, the Ochoco Lake Campground is a scenic RV park in Central Oregon. It’s operated by the Crook County Parks and Recreation District and is open seasonally from the start of April until the end of October each year.
RV camping at the Ochoco Lake Campground includes access to 22 sites (no hookups) that can be reserved, as well as some tent-only sites. There are clean restrooms and showers with hot water available, as well as picnic tables and grated fire pits. Firewood can be purchased at the camping registration area while a concrete boat ramp offers easy access to the waters of Ochoco Lake. Anglers can take advantage of the fish cleaning station, and hikers can stretch their legs on one of the surrounding walking trails.
A highlight of camping at the Ochoco Lake Campground is its access to the Ochoco National Forest, which sprawls across 850,000 acres of canyons, dense pine forests, and high desert terrain. It’s divided into three ranger districts and three wilderness areas that include the 17,400-acre Mill Creek Wilderness, the 5,400-acre Bridge Creek Wilderness, and the 13,400-acre Black Canyon Wilderness. Aside from being traversed by numerous hiking and horseback riding trails, the Ochoco National Forest is a popular destination for birdwatching, rock climbing, and stargazing once the sun goes down.
A short drive southwest from the Ochoco Lake Campground is the Deschutes National Forest, which encompasses 1.8 million acres along the east side of the Cascade Range. It’s home to several wilderness areas and six National Wild and Scenic Rivers, as well as the Oregon Cascade Recreation Area and the Metolius Conservation Area. Of particular note is the Newberry National Volcanic Monument, a landscape of cinder cones, lava flows, and lava tubes that were used for training Apollo astronauts in the 1960s. If you’re visiting during the winter months, head to the ski trails along the slopes of Mount Bachelor whose summit also hosts the Mount Bachelor Observatory.
Adjacent to the Deschutes National Forest is the Willamette National Forest, a 1.6-million-acre area that includes seven major mountain peaks and designated wilderness areas. Nearly 1,700 miles of trails meander beneath its ancient Douglas firs, with hidden viewpoints and alpine lakes among the highlights of the forest. Aside from hiking, mountain biking is also permitted on a series of challenging single-track trails, while the pristine waterways of the Willamette National Forest can be explored by canoe or kayak.
Campsites at the Ochoco Lake Campground are just ten minutes’ drive from the center of Prineville, which is home to several supermarkets where you can stock up on grocery supplies. There are also gas stations here if you need to fill up your RV rental and a good choice of eateries, ranging from fast-food restaurants to cafes and a steakhouse.
While you’re in Prineville, don’t miss a visit to the A.R. Bowman Memorial Museum, which occupies the old Crook County Bank Building that’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Learn about the people and events that have shaped what is Central Oregon’s oldest city, with a history of timber and agriculture. A short stroll from the museum is the Wildland Firefighter Monument, which honors the heroes who died while fighting the Storm King fire outside Glenwood Springs in 1994. The bronze memorial was cast by David R. Nelson and can be accessed along a walkway that’s lined with plaques explaining a bit about each of the young firefighters.
Around an hour’s drive from the Ochoco Lake Campground is the city of Bend, which lies on the eastern edge of the Cascade Mountains beneath the peaks of Mount Bachelor and the Three Sisters. Begin your visit at the High Desert Museum to learn about the local ecology, history, and wildlife, then follow the trail that leads to the extinct volcano of Pilot Butte. If you’re visiting in the winter months, Bend can also be used as a base for skiing and snowboarding, with around 3,600 acres of terrain on your doorstep.
Prineville campers are also just a stone’s throw from the city of Redmond, which is renowned for its six lava tubes known as the Redmond Caves. They form part of the Horse Lava Tube System and have been aged to around 80,000 years, with spatter cone caves, rootless vent caves, and lava tubes waiting to be explored.
Whether you want to explore the hiking trails of the Northern Oregon Coast Range or get cultured in Prineville and Bend, book an RV rental in Crook County and start planning your next vacation.