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part ofDeschutes National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Sun Oct 04 2015   Season Dates


Crane 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.

Natural Features:

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.

On summer mornings or evenings, visitors may glimpse Rocky Mountain elk grazing the lakeside meadows. Deer, squirrel, beaver and an occasional black bear also find habitat in the surrounding forest.


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.

Hiking and hunting are popular activities in the surrounding area.


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.

Sites are equipped with tables and campfire rings with grills. Vault toilets and drinking water are also available. Roads and most parking spurs throughout the campground are paved.

Showers and a small grocery store are available at a nearby resort.

Nearby Attractions:

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.

The Cultus River Research Natural Area is approximately 2 miles north of the reservoir, providing examples of naturally occurring forest and stream ecosystems.

Lava Lands Visitor Center in nearby Bend, Oregon, and the unique geological landscape of Newberry National Volcanic Monument draw visitors to the region as well.

Visitors enjoy traveling the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway, known as Oregon's Highway in the Sky, which climbs into the clouds on a 66-mile drive through the Cascade Range, weaving past snow-capped peaks and alpine lakes.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Sites
  • Amphitheater
  • Birding
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Drinking Water
  • Fish Cleaning Stations
  • Fishing
  • Host
  • Hunting
  • Paved Parking Spurs
  • Paved Roads
  • Picnic Area
  • RV sites
  • Self Pay Station
  • Tent sites
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
  • Waterfront Sites
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Bait Shop
  • Boat Rentals
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Campfire Programs
  • Educational Programs
  • Electric Hookups
  • Fishing Guide
  • Gas And Propane
  • General Store
  • Grocery Store
  • Laundry
  • Showers
Know Before You Go
  • Camping fee includes entry for one vehicle and one legally towed vehicle. An extra vehicle fee of $9 will be charged per night for each additional vehicle.
  • Prevent the spread of invasive species by inspecting and cleaning packs, equipment and tires before using lake or trails
  • Click here for more information about Deschutes National Forest.

  • Don't Move Firewood: Please protect Pacific Northwest forests by preventing the spread of invasive species. Firewood can carry insects and diseases that can threaten the health of our western forests. You can make a difference by obtaining and burning your firewood near your camping destination. Visit Dontmovefirewood.org for further information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
43.79639, -121.76083
43°47'47"N, 121°45'39"W

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.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 8516
Coburg  OR  97408

Phone Number:

Information:  (541)338-7869
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