Reviewed by Walter Collins on August 26, 2018
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This is a very pleasant and well kept campground.
Here are a list of pros and cons.
- The campground is very well kept.
- Lots of trees for shade.
- The canyon around the Lake is a sight to behold. It is a geologists or a photographers dream.
- Brand new boat launch and dock.
- It is 35 miles away from Madras Oregon, and 3 1/2 miles of it is on a severely wash boarded gravel road, so be sure and bring lots of supplies.
You can access the park from Madras or through Culver off of Hwy 97 (North of Redmond), NEVER take the route through Sisters (it is next to impossible to drive on it). Ignore your GPS and go through Madras or Culver.
- There are lots of Caped Squirrels there that are big enough to drag away anything left out (paper towels, juice boxes, salt and pepper shakers, etc.) so be sure to bring plenty of storage containers to keep your supplies in.
- Piles of Yellow Jackets. We finally went and got yellow jacket traps because we had about 30 of them every time we cooked anything.
- The Metolius arm of the Lake is all tribal waters (Warm Spring Reservation). So it is either drop a pile of cash on permits to fish there, or drive the boat close to 10 miles across the lake to the Crooked River or the Deschuttes arm. They patrol the area for violators as well. First time is a warning, Second time is $500 per person.
-The campground is not a loop. It goes to the end and you have to turn around on the boat launch.
- Most of the sites are very small. I lucked out and got Site #9 which is very generous and good for a tent.
Needless to say there are a lot more bad than good. I will say that the park is very beautiful, but I was very irritated by the layout, and that we couldn't fish anywhere close to the campground.
I don't know if it is just this year or if it is normal but there was an algae bloom that was so thick that we could only see about a foot deep into the water.
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