Open Year-round
Reservations possible?
RV Hookups
Potable water
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Roughly 22 backcountry campsites are tucked in and around the shore of Sparks Lake, each offering the privacy and remote feeling of a backpacking experience combined with the accessibility and comforts of car camping.  Some are tucked away in the lava field on the eastern shore, and others are perched out on the lake's sandy western shore.  Nearly all of the sites are only accessible via watercraft, so be sure to bring a canoe, kayak or paddle board to transport your gear.  Also, the campsites are quite popular.  If you are hoping to camp in one of the more coveted sites that provides views of the South Sister or Broken Top, or one with a capacity for several families, you may have to come early in the day or on Thursdays if you are planning a weekend.

Note:  Campfires are regulated at all of the campsites due to fire danger in the summer.  Confirm the rules and regulations pertaining to campfires prior to your visit.  If fires are allowed, be sure to follow recommended procedures for responsible campfire etiquette.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)


Parking Pass

NW Forest Pass


Secluded and private sites. Great views.


Primarily accessible by boat. No reservations. Campfires are regulated.

Pets allowed


Managed by

Deschutes National Forest


Boat ramp(s)
Swimming holes



Pretty ideal camping in such a commercially developed camping world, these days.
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