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LaPine State Park

Central Oregon, Oregon

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  • The Deschutes River and Paulina Peak (7,989') from McGregor Memorial Viewpoint.- LaPine State Park
  • The 'Big Tree,' the world's largest ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa).- LaPine State Park
  • Fall River Trail through a loose lodgepole pine forest.- LaPine State Park
  • Fall River.- LaPine State Park
  • Scarlet gilia (Ipomospsis aggregata).- LaPine State Park
  • Squaw current (Ribes cereum).- LaPine State Park
  • Fall River Falls.- LaPine State Park
  • Rangers button (Sphenosciadium capitellatum).- LaPine State Park
  • Rangers button (Sphenosciadium capitellatum) and a yellow-faced bumble bee (bombus vosnesenskii).- LaPine State Park
  • Hydaspe fritillary (Speyeria hydaspe), a type of butterfly.- LaPine State Park
  • Commen red paintbrush (Castilleja miniata).- LaPine State Park
  • Giant ponderosa pines (pinus ponderosa) in the day use area.- LaPine State Park
  • The Deschutes River from the day use area.- LaPine State Park
  • Pine-drops (Pterospora andromedea).- LaPine State Park
  • The Deschutes River from the day use area.- LaPine State Park
  • LaPine State Park day use area.- LaPine State Park
  • LaPine State Park day use area.- LaPine State Park
  • LaPine State Park day use area.- LaPine State Park
  • LaPine State Park day use area.- LaPine State Park
  • Restroom facilities at LaPine State Park Campground.- LaPine State Park
  • LaPine State Park Campground.- LaPine State Park
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
World's largest Ponderosa Pine. Two meandering and scenic rivers. Swimming hole and day use area.
Cons: 
Overly developed campground.
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Region:
Central Oregon, OR
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
State Park Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Located near the confluence of three meandering rivers (the Deschutes River, Little Deschutes River, and Fall River), LaPine State Park captures some of the best of what Central Oregon has to offer.

The park is perhaps best epitomized by the viewpoint at the McGregor Memorial, where the Deschutes River lazily snakes northward toward Sunriver.  With ponderosa needles mixed with the lush willow and grasses along the shore, Newberry Volcano's Paulina Peak comes into view.  This merging of dry, high desert landscape and cool mountain rivers is certainly what makes LaPine State Park so special.

In total, the park has four distinct and unique areas:

  • Day Use Area: Here the Deschutes River creates a peninsula where trails lead to a well-shaded picnic area that offers potable water and restrooms.  Best of all, the river moves slowly, and on those hot mid-summer days you won't find too many other places to dip into the water and completely refresh.  From here, one can mountain bike or hike to get on any one of the park's 10 miles of single track trail.
  • LaPine State Park Campground:  With hook-ups at all of the sites, the campground is certainly popular for RVs and those looking to camp for several days.  In contrast to the rest of the park, the campground is surprisingly manicured, making it ideal for heavy use but a little conspicuous in such a scenic and natural environment.
  • Fall River Area:  Past the heavily used campground and day use area lies one of the most charming and quiet rivers in Oregon, Fall River.  This slow-moving and deep river has been cherished by anglers for decades, but is almost completely overlooked by all other visitors.  Hike the 4.5-mile Fall River Loop Trail to the 10-foot Fall River Falls  to enjoy this more serene section of the park.
  • 'Big Tree': Not to be missed, visit this impressive ponderosa pine, known simply as the 'Big Tree,' to see what kind of environment yields the largest tree of its species in the world.

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