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CRANE PRAIRIE CAMPGROUND, OR
part ofDeschutes National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Closed through Thu Apr 24 2014 Season Dates
OverviewCrane Prairie Campground is located on the east shore of its namesake reservoir in Deschutes National Forest, just off the scenic Cascade Lakes Highway. Spectacular lakes, peaks and old-growth forests set the backdrop for individual or family camping excursions.
Crane Prairie Reservoir is one of central Oregon's premier wildlife viewing areas. A marvelous array of waterfowl flourishes here. Sandhill cranes, Canada geese, bald eagles and osprey are just some of the large birds that frequent the area. The adjacent forest is home to black-backed woodpecker, Williamson's sapsucker and mountain chickadee.
Crane Prairie Reservoir is a prime location for boating and fishing. Fisheries in close proximity to the site also add to its popularity among anglers. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife manages populations of rainbow trout, mountain whitefish, brook trout and largemouth bass. Fish cleaning stations and a boat ramp are within the campground.
Crane Praire Campground offers many sites that accommodate both tent and RV camping, though electric hookups are not available. Several campsites are located right on the waterfront.
Nearby Osprey Point is a unique interpretive area for visitors to learn about local fauna and observe osprey nesting platforms erected after natural snags toppled from age.
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Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
From Highway 58, turn east onto Crescent Road at the sign for Davis Lake and Wickiup Reservoir, midway between mileposts 72 and 73. In 3.3 miles, turn left on Forest Road 46. Drive north for 18 miles and turn east on Forest Road 42 at the sign for Twin Lakes and Crane Prairie. Drive east on Forest Road 42 for 3.8 miles, then turn north on Forest Road 4270.
From Bend, go west on the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway, which becomes Forest Road 46. Follow this road to its intersection with Forest Road 42, about 52 miles from Bend. Turn onto Forest Road 42 at the sign for Twin Lakes and Crane Prairie. Drive east on Forest Road 42 for 3.8 miles, then turn north on Forest Road 4270.
From Highway 97 between Bend and Klamath Falls, turn west to the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway, 12 miles north of La Pine. After one mile, turn south on South Century Drive, which becomes Forest Road 42. Follow it for just over 17 miles to Forest Road 4270 and turn north at the sign for Crane Prairie.
Mailing Address:CRANE PRAIRIE CAMPGROUND
P.O. Box 8516
Coburg OR 97408
Phone Number:Information: (541)338-7869