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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
Overview + Weather
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
Congestion: 
High
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Camping fee: 
$16.00
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
NW Forest Pass
Tent/Car sites: 
47
Picnic Tables: 
Yes
Dogs allowed: 
Yes
Current Local Weather:
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Today

Breezy in the afternoon and mixed precipitation starting in the evening.
47°F
28°

Fri

Snow (< 1 in.) in the morning and overnight and breezy until afternoon.
31°F
25°

Sat

Mixed precipitation in the morning and windy throughout the day.
44°F
26°

Sun

Breezy until afternoon and overcast throughout the day.
44°F
40°

Mon

Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
57°F
42°

Tue

Partly cloudy until afternoon.
63°F
42°

Wed

Partly cloudy starting in the afternoon.
54°F
41°
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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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