Little Crater Campground

Central Oregon, Oregon

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  • Paulina Lake from the Little Crater Campground day-use area.- Little Crater Campground
  • Paulina Lake from the Little Crater Campground day-use area.- Little Crater Campground
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  • Waterfront campsite.- Little Crater Campground
  • Waterfront campsite.- Little Crater Campground
  • - Little Crater Campground
  • Waterfront campsite.- Little Crater Campground
  • Waterfront campsite.- Little Crater Campground
  • View of Paulina Lake and Peak from the Paulina Lake Loop Trail at the north end of the campground.- Little Crater Campground
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Pros: 
50% of campsites directly on Paulina Lake. Trails depart from campground.
Cons: 
No reservations. Only open July thru September.
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Region:
Central Oregon, OR
Managed by: 
Hoodoo Recreation Services
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
NW Forest Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Reservation phone number: 
877-444-6777
Reservations possible: 
Yes
Current Local Weather:
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Campground Description

Campground Description

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If you're craving some dryer weather, a lot of vitamin D, and lakeside views, then this is your weekend spot.  It's possible that Little Crater Campground is the most sun-kissed campground in Deschutes County.  That being said, if you burn easily, be sure to bring your SPF and some form of shading device.

There are 47 spacious campsites here, with half of them fronting beautiful Paulina Lake.  The sites area well spread out, but due to the lack of vegetation they offer little privacy.  Like many of the other campgrounds managed by Hoodoo Recreation, there are no reservations for the sites, so be sure to get in early as finding a campsite can be a challenge.  If the campground is full, try Paulina Lake Campground, East Lake Campground, or Cinder Hill Campground.

Nestled in the middle of Newberry Volcano's caldera, you will find numerous attractions and trails that depart directly from the campground, including the trail up Little Crater, and Paulina Lake Loop Trail which leads to Paulina Lake Hot Springs.  Also, directly across the main road is the Big Obsidian Flow Interpretive Trail.

Note: Due to extensive snow pack, the campground is typically only open from late June to early October.

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