Crane Prairie Campground

Central Oregon, Oregon

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  • Day-use picnic areas near the boat launch at the front of Crane Prairie Campground.- Crane Prairie Campground
  • Fish cleaning stations at the staging area of the front boat launch.- Crane Prairie Campground
  • Typical campsites in the yellow loop. All of the sites in the yellow loop can be collectively booked as one group site comprised of 15 individual sites, such as these three.- Crane Prairie Campground
  • A campsite in the yellow loop.- Crane Prairie Campground
  • One of numerous vault toilet facilities.- Crane Prairie Campground
  • Typical site.- Crane Prairie Campground
  • An overview of empty campsites in the orange loop. - Crane Prairie Campground
  • The amphitheater at Crane Prairie Campground.- Crane Prairie Campground
  • A campsite adjacent to the amphitheater.- Crane Prairie Campground
  • The orange loop.- Crane Prairie Campground
  • A boat tied to the beach near the green loop's walk-in campsites. Mount Bachelor (9,068 ft) is visible from many of the campsites in the green loop, especially from the small peninsula the walk-in tent campsites occupy.- Crane Prairie Campground
  • The boat launch at one end of the blue loop. Notice that this boat launch does not have a dock in place.- Crane Prairie Campground
  • A bench on the end of the blue loop. Visible across Crane Prairieare, from right to left and somewhat covered in clouds, the South Sister (10,358 ft), Broken Top (9,177 ft), and Mount Bachelor (9,068 ft).- Crane Prairie Campground
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Pros: 
Spectacular views of Crane Prairie and the nearby mountains. Several boat launches with fish cleaning stations. Spacious campsites.
Cons: 
Somewhat confusing to get around. Much more crowded than other Crane Prairie campgrounds, especially near the lake.
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Region:
Central Oregon, OR
Managed by: 
Hoodoo Recreation
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
NW Forest Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer
Reservation phone number: 
877-444-6777
Reservations possible: 
Yes
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Campground Description

Campground Description

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Crane Prairie Campground is the largest of the four established campgrounds on Crane Prairie Reservoir, as well as the largest campground on the entire Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway. Because it is located adjacent to the nearby Crane Prairie Resort (which has its own campground with full RV hookups for a higher price), Crane Prairie Campground is more-or-less able to offer nearly every amenity imaginable for a campground, from groceries to gasoline to a laundromat.

The 146 campsites at Crane Prairie are split up into five different color-coded loops, which are as follows:

  • Yellow: sites 1 through 15 (reservable individual sites that are treated on the website as one big group site. Most sites do not fill here and are treated as short-term walk-in sites)
  • Orange: sites 16 through 39 (walk-in, fairly popular)
  • Red: sites 40 through 75 (reservable and the least crowded loop, but farther from the lake)
  • Green: sites 76 through 99 (walk-in, including six tent-only sites)
  • Blue: sites 100 through 146 (reservable, the most popular and most distant loop, with its own boat launch)

Unlike most other giant campgrounds where the loops tend to be relatively separated from one another, such as those in national parks, the loops at Crane Prairie Campground are somewhat intertwined. You will likely have to navigate your way through at least one other loop to get to the loop you are looking for. If you pass your campsite or take a wrong turn along the way, expect to have to go to the exit of the entire campground to navigate the campground again; this can be a half-mile drive from end to end. 

There are two boat launches in the campground: one at the entrance provides day use parking and one within the blue loop on the opposite end of the campground that does not offer any day use facilities or any long-term parking areas (except campsites). There may not be a dock in place at the latter boat launch, but there is a small beach nearby where small watercraft can embark and disembark. Several vault toilets are located throughout the campground, and an amphitheater is located near the exit to the orange loop, which is also the exit every other loop besides yellow uses to leave the campground. The best views of the lake and nearby mountains are on the blue and green loops as well as near the boat launches where picnic tables and/or benches have been placed.

Crane Prairie Campground, like every other campground on Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway, is only open during the summer months; however, it is one of the first campgrounds to open on the entire highway - typically in late April, with all loops being open by mid May at about the same time Quinn River and Rock Creek campgrounds are opened. Depending on weather, the campground and resort close in early October for the winter.

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