Deschutes River State Recreation Area Campground

Lower Deschutes River, Oregon

Tygh Valley + Lower Deschutes, Oregon

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  • View of the Deschutes River from campground.- Deschutes River State Recreation Area Campground
  • Open car/tent campsites.- Deschutes River State Recreation Area Campground
  • Open car/tent campsites.- Deschutes River State Recreation Area Campground
  • Open car/tent campsites.- Deschutes River State Recreation Area Campground
  • Field in the park's day-use area.- Deschutes River State Recreation Area Campground
  • Restroom and shower facilities.- Deschutes River State Recreation Area Campground
  • RV portion of the campground.- Deschutes River State Recreation Area Campground
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Big, open sites. Swimming in the Deschutes. Lots of sun.
Cons: 
Hot in the peak of summer. Sites have limited privacy.
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Region:
Tygh Valley + Lower Deschutes, OR
Congestion: 
Moderate
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Camping fee: 
$9.00
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
State Park Fee ($5.00)
Full Hook-up RV sites: 
34
Tent/Car sites: 
25
Group sites: 
4
Picnic Tables: 
Yes
Dogs allowed: 
Yes
Current Local Weather:
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Clear throughout the day.
91°F
52°

Sun

Clear throughout the day.
94°F
55°

Mon

Partly cloudy overnight.
94°F
58°

Tue

Light rain overnight.
94°F
61°

Wed

Light rain in the morning.
75°F
59°

Thu

Mostly cloudy until evening.
73°F
50°

Fri

Partly cloudy throughout the day.
71°F
49°
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Campground Description

Campground Description

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In 1987 the Oregon Legislature and Governor Victor Atiyeh partnered with private stakeholders to create a preserve that would protect the lower 18 miles of the Deschutes River and maintain the land for public access and recreation on the river.  The area is great for steelhead and trout fishing, rafting, hiking, horseback riding (March through June only) and mountain biking.

The well-shaded campground features 34 full hook-up sites, four group camping sites, and 25 car-camping/tent sites.  The tent sites are “primitive” and hence only $9 per night, whereas the full hook-up sites are $16 per night. However, don’t let the “primitive” moniker fool you - the tent sites are by far the best options, particularly the ones adjacent to the river and on the far southern edge.  From the “primitive” sites it’s only a few hundred yards to the showers and potable water, and they also don’t fill up as quickly during peak season. 

While visiting the Recreation Area, be sure to take advantage of the Deschutes’ warm waters and jump into one of the region’s best swimming holes.  To get to the best swimming hole, head south of the “T” loop on the southern edge of the campground.  From there you can also access the spectacular Deschutes River Ferry Springs Trail.  Enjoy!

Note: Due to lack of precipitation in the summer, campfires are prohibited from July 1st through September 30th.

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