Camping in Oregon

Camping in Oregon's Forests Beside Rivers, Lakes, and Ocean Beaches

Oregon Camp Site

Camping in Oregon is only for the lucky. Those who are lucky enough to live in or visit Oregon. There are beautiful campgrounds in every part of the state where you can enjoy the outdoors. You will find Oregon campgrounds beside rivers, lakes, and the Pacific Ocean. There are camping spots for tents and RV's. There are campgrounds that you have to hike into where you can get away from almost everybody if that is what you want.

Some Oregon campgrounds are specially designed for those who want to bring their horses. Most campgrounds in Oregon have hiking trails and some have trails for mountain bikes. Campgrounds located next to water have boat ramps. Some have playgrounds, basketball hoops, horseshoe pitches, swimming rafts, boat rentals, docks, showers, and flush toilets. Almost all provide a picnic table and fire ring.

Proxy Falls

Many of the older campgrounds have stone fireplaces. There are cooking and eating shelters for large groups which are popular for family reunions and even weddings. Many parks offer firewood for a fee and it is relatively inexpensive. Many parks have facilities for the physically handicapped and one park near Mt. Hood has a wooden plank walkway to the fishing stream and the beaver pond.

A lot of Oregon's campgrounds have existed for more than 50 years and were originally set up for tent camping. They can accommodate Rv's only up to a certain length but there are lots of parks that have spaces for even the longest RV's and spaces that are pull through.

Oregon State Parks will usually have a dump station but not always. If they do not have one, they will be able to tell you where the nearest one is and this is usually not too far away.

Most campgrounds have a limit on the length of stay which is usually 14 days. I suppose you could get around this if you wanted to stay longer by moving to another campground in the same area. Many of Oregon's lakes have several different campgrounds.

Waldo Lake

If you are planning on camping in Oregon during the summer months it is imperative that you make a reservation as far ahead as possible even if you are camping in a tent. The parks fill up early for June, July, and August. If you arrive at one of these parks without a reservation, unreserved camping sites will be assigned on a first come basis. Oregon does have some parks which do not take reservations and operate solely on a first come, first serve basis all the time.

It is possible to camp in Oregon during the winter months. These parks are those that do not have heavy snow in the winter.

Oregon State Parks will have a host or two living at the park during the months it is open. It is good to introduce yourself to these people. They can tell you about the hiking trails in the area, the best places to fish, and what bait people are having the best luck with.


Oregon Coast


Oregon Coast Camping

Camping on the North Oregon Coast

Camping on the Central Oregon Coast

Camping on the South Oregon Coast

Camping on the Oregon Dunes


Columbia River

Campgrounds in the Columbia River Gorge


Central Oregon

Camping Bend Oregon

Paulina Lake

Smith Rock State Park


Southern Oregon

Rogue River Camping

Diamond Lake

Upper Rogue River Camping


Cascade Mountains

Crescent Lake Oregon

Detroit Lake

Camping Mt. Hood

Silver Creek Falls


Eastern Oregon

Wallowa Lake


Camping in Oregon