Would you like to rent a cabin for $25 to $80 a night?
Would you believe me if I told you it is possible?
People in the know enjoy a vacation every year in some of Oregon's most scenic areas with the best hiking, fishing, swimming, mountain biking, and horseback riding in the state. They really know how to have a cheap Oregon vacation. You can do it too.
The Oregon cabin rentals below are owned by the U.S. Forest Service. They were once guard stations and were the last point of contact with people headed into Oregon's back country. Some of them are quite historical and a few were built in the past 50 years. The charge is per day per group.
These Oregon cabin rentals run from one room to full-size houses. They accommodate from two to 30 people. Some of them are only available in the summer and others can be rented in the winter as well when the snow is on the ground. Many of them have horse corrals. Most have full kitchens. A few are lakeside.
Renting one of these cabins is a wonderful alternative to camping in a tent. You don't have to worry about wildlife getting into your food. You can lock the door, be gone all day and not worry about your stuff. If the weather turns cool you can just build a fire in the fireplace or stove. A few cabins don't provide firewood but most do. All of the cabins have an outdoor picnic table and a fire ring for those evening campfires under the stars. Think roasted marshmallows and S'Mores.
If you have a large group there are some Oregon cabin rentals that allow tents on the grounds for a small additional charge.
So here is the list of what is available:
Aspen Cabin - $25 per night.
This one-room rustic log cabin sleeps four with the option of tent camping area for an additional charge. Nearby trailheads for hiking and horseback riding. No corral. No water but water is available at nearby Mud Creek Campground. Outdoor toilet.
Currier Guard Station - $30 per night
A two-room cabin just one mile south of the Sycan Wild and Scenic River. It sleeps four with one double bed and one bunk bed. It has a propane cook stove and a propane heating stove. Outside there is a picnic table and firering with firewood provided. No drinking water and none nearby. Outdoor toilet. Corrals and hitchracks for horses.
Deer Creek Guard Station - $40 per night
A two-room cabin that sleeps four on bunk beds, futon, and couch. Propane cookstove, lights, and refrigerator. There is a wood stove for which wood may be provided. You can fish in nearby Deer Creek and the South Fork John Day River. There is a horse corral. No water. Here you just might see black bears, elk, deer and wild turkeys.
Murderer's Creek Work Station - $40 per night
This is actually two cabins. One is a bunk house with four twin beds with propane heaters and lights. The other cabin is a cookhouse with propane cook stove, lights, and refrigerator, couch, table and chairs, and woodstove. No water. You can fish in Murderer's Creek and the South Fork John Day River. Wild horses are often seen here.
Clackamas Lake Historic Ranger Cabin - $80 per night weekdays, $100 on weekends
Picture a three-bedroom, two-story-cabin finished in knotty pine and a crackling fire in the fireplace insert. This house sleeps up to eight people and has a refrigerator, hot water heater, range, electric lights. It is close to Clackamas Lake and only three miles from Timothy Lake. This area has many trails for hiking and mountain biking. No tent camping or Rv's allowed. Sadly, pets are not permitted.
Cold Springs Guard Station - $75 per night
This three-bedroom cabin sleeps eight people. It has a fully equipped kitchen with propane cook stove and a solar refrigerator. It has two bathrooms--one with tub and one with shower. There is a small outside deck. There is a propane heater. Activities include hiking, mountain biking, and fishing. There is a herd of wild horses in the area.
Imnaha Guard Station - $40 per night
The living room of this cabin has a large stone fireplace and firewood is provided. The cabin sleeps six, has a flush toilet, heated shower, refrigerator, and drinking water. The cook stove and heater are propane.
Ludlum House Group Site - $40 per night
This is a newly constructed cabin that can accommodate from 10 to 30 people with an additional 30 camping on the grounds. It is located at the confluence of the Winchuck River and Wheeler Creek. This is perfect for a family reunion with a large lawn where the kids can play and a wide wrap around porch where the adults can sit and enjoy the fresh air. It is sparsly furnished, however, and you do need camping equipment--air mattresses, sleeping bags, folding chairs, lanterns, etc. The cabin has a wood stove but you need to bring your own firewood. There is a $3 charge for each additional person after 10. Water is available from a hand pump. Outside there are picnic tables and a fire ring. Activities include fishing, swimming, and hiking. It is available year round.
Packer's Cabin - $20 per night
Packer's Cabin is a good choice for a group that has someone who is in a wheelchair. The cabin is fully accessible and barrier free. It sleeps up to 12 people and has a wood stove. There is no electricity or drinking water available. You need to bring sleeping bags and other camping equipment as if you were tent camping. Take a look at the pictures. There are no amenities but this is really a nice cabin. Activities in the area are fishing, swimming, and hiking.
Ditch Creek Guard Station - $40 per night
The cabin sleeps up to six people. There is only one bedroom. It has indoor plumbing which includes a flush toilet. The kitchen has a refrigerator, cook stove, cooking utensils, and flatwear. There has been a water problem in the past so beware. Lights and stove are propane. There is a horse corral and this is good riding country. There is fishing and boating in Penland Lake and Bull Prairie Lake. There are 110 miles of groomed snowmobile trails near by.
Fry Meadow Guard Station - $25 per night
This cabin is two rooms - kitchen and sleeping area for four people. It is nice enough inside but there is no water and no heat. While it is available year round, I don't think I would want to stay in the winter without heat. There is a propane cook stove and propane lighting. The area is good for hiking, horseback riding, mushroom hunting (morels), hunting, fishing, and berry picking.
Butler Butte Cabin - $40 per night
The Butler Butte Cabin was built during World War II as a lookout for Japanese war planes and incendiary balloons. It sleeps four with one double bed and two single beds. The kitchen has a propane cook stove, refrigerator and lights. There is an outdoor barbeque pit as well as a fire ring. No water is available at the cabin but water is available at the Tiller Ranger Station. The area is good for hiking, horseback riding, huckleberry picking, snowmobiling, snow shoeing, and cross-country skiing.
Musick Guard Station - $40 per night
A little cabin in the woods near the old Musick Gold Mine in the Bohemia Mining District. It has three rooms - living room, kitchen, and bedroom. It sleeps up to ten with additional space in the upstairs bunk room. The platform beds have no mattresses. You need to bring camping equipment to this one such as air mattresses, sleeping bags, lanterns, cooking and eating utensils. There is a wood cook stove but no refrigerator. This is a great place to stay if you want to explore the Bohemia Mining Area and maybe do a little gold panning as well. There is no water at the cabin.
Whisky Camp Guard Station - $40 per night
Another little red cabin in the woods. This cabin has two rooms and sleeps up to eight people. The kitchen has a cook stove, oven, and a refrigerator. Lanterns are provided. There is no water but water is available at the Tiller Ranger Station. The area is good for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, snow shoeing, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling.
This is an honest to goodness log cabin that sleeps up to eight people in three bedrooms. The kitchen has an electric stove and refrigerator and there are electric lights in every room. There is a propane heater. It has a nice wide covered front porch. Anthony Lake is just steps away for easy fishing. Other activities in the area include hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and hunting.
Antlers Guard Station - $45 per night
This little cabin is located right on the North Fork Burnt River. There are two rooms and sleeps up to six people with a double futon and two bunk beds. There is a propane cook stove in the kitchen. There is a propane fireplace and propane lights. Water comes from a hand pump outdoors. Activities here include fishig, hiking, mountain biking, riding OHV's, and playing in nearby creeks.
Peavy Cabin - $45 per night
Peavy Cabin is a one-room log cabin that sits beside the North Fork John Day River. It sleeps four people. The kitchen has a cook stove, refrigerator, and sink. It has a stone fireplace with insert stove for heating. There is no drinking water. Additional tent camping space is available and there is also a horse corral. Activities in the area are hiking, horse back riding, mountain biking, hunting, and fishing.
Box Canyon Guard Station - $60 per night
A one-room cabin that sleeps up to four people. There are two twin beds and a hide-a-bed. It has a propane cook stove. There is no drinking water but there is a creek nearby. It has a horse corral. This is a good area for hiking and horseback riding.
Hall House - $80 per night
Hall House is only rented in the winter months. It sleeps a maximum of four people. The cabin has three rooms. There is a full-size bed and couch for sleeping. It has a cook stove, propane heating, and solar lighting. There is no indoor toilet. No water is available. The Santiam Pass Winter Recreation Area is a 15-minute drive away for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
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