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NEWBERRY GROUP CAMP SITE, OR

part ofDeschutes National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: NEWBERRY GROUP CAMP SITE
Status: Closed through Wed May 28 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Boasting some of central Oregon's most spectacular scenery, Newberry Group Campground is the only exclusive group site area within the Newberry National Volcanic Monument.

Located along the south shore of Paulina Lake in Deschutes National Forest, this site offers a unique geological glimpse into the area's one-of-a-kind landscape and volcanic activity.

Natural Features:

Paulina Lake is located within the collapsed crater, or "caldera" of Newberry Volcano. Nearly five miles in diameter, this caldera encircles the basins of Paulina Lake, and its twin, East Lake. Covering an area of 1,531 acres, Paulina Lake, the larger and deeper of the two, plunges to depths of 250 feet.

Neither lake receives water from an inlet stream, but instead, are fed solely by rain, snowmelt, and hot springs. Paulina Creek drains the lake and has chiseled a narrow gorge through the caldera's west wall creating a remarkable twin waterfall.

Thermal vents and hot springs along the lake's northeast edge help create a highly productive ecosystem.

Wetlands, diverse forests, and rocky slopes near the campground provide a necessary habitat for shorebirds, racoon, deer, bats, and the occasional black bear.

In September, the outlet of Paulina Lake may become choked with kokanee salmon swimming to spawn in Paulina Creek.

Recreation:

The unique location of Newberry Group Campground offers outdoor enthusiasts fantastic opportunities for bird watching, boating, bicycling, sightseeing and hiking throughout the year.

Bird watchers may catch a glimpse of bald eagles and osprey nesting nearby. Common loon, Grebe, Tundra swan, Eurasian wigeon, American wigeon, Ring-necked duck, Goldeneye, and Hooded Merganser are lured to Paulina Lake as well.

Visitors can drive or hike to the summit of nearby Paulina Peak to watch soaring raptors such as golden eagle, turkey vulture, prairie falcon and red-tailed hawk.

Facilities:

Three separate group sites offer visitors opportunities for both lakeside and forest camping.

Picnic areas, shoreline trails, and stunning views of the lake, along with the conveniences of drinking water and flush toilets, give visitors the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors while still having many of the conveniences of home.

The parking area and roads throughout the campground are paved.

Nearby Attractions:

Visitors can explore wilderness areas, wild and scenic rivers, lakes and reservoirs, and approximately 1,600 miles of trails throughout Deschutes National Forest and the adjacent Ochoco National Forest.

Lava Lands Visitor Center in nearby Bend, Oregon, offers visitors the opportunity to learn about the diverse landscape and history of the area through interpretive programs.

Visitors can explore the Lava River Cave, also located in the Newberry National Volcanic Monument. At a length of 5,211 ft. (1,588 m), the northwest section of the cave is the longest continuous lava tube in Oregon.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Pit Restroom
  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Lake Access
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Area
  • Trash Collection
Within 10 Miles
  • Boat Rentals
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Fuel Available
  • General Store
  • Restaurant
  • Showers
Know Before You Go
  • 10 MPH speed limit is enforced for boating on Paulina Lake
  • Decontaminate all gear when caving in central Oregon
  • Bears frequent the area; follow food storage and trash disposal regulations carefully
  • Inspect and clean packs, equipment and tires before using lake or trails
  • Click here for more information on Deschutes National Forest
  • Click here for more information about Newberry National Monument


Due to the spread of invasive insects, firewood from outside the area is not permitted. Help protect our forests by purchasing or collecting firewood at or near your camping destination and burning it on-site. Click here for more information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
43.70611, -121.25694
43°42'22"N, 121°15'25"W

From Bend, travel 23.5 miles south on Hwy 97, then 13.9 miles east on County Road 21.

From Lapine travel north on Hwy 97 for 5 miles to Road 21. Take Road 21 east for 15 miles.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

NEWBERRY GROUP CAMP SITE
P.O. Box 8516
Coburg OR 97408

Phone Number:

Information: (541)338-7869
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