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Overview of Tumalo State Park

Location & Access: Tumalo State Park is a popular outdoor recreation destination located in central Oregon, a short drive from the city of Bend. This state park sits on the Deschutes River and is renowned for its stunning river canyon views and pine forests.

Activities: The park offers a variety of activities, including camping, hiking, fishing, picnicking, and wildlife viewing. The Deschutes River is a central feature for water-based recreation, including swimming and kayaking.

Camping at Tumalo State Park

Campsite Options:

  • RV Camping: There are spots available for RV camping with electric and water hookups.
  • Tent Camping: Designated sites for tent camping are available, often with nearby access to restrooms and showers.
  • Yurts: Some parks, including Tumalo, offer yurts as a "glamping" option with more amenities than a typical tent site.

Reservations: Campsites at Tumalo State Park can be reserved in advance, and due to the popularity of the park, it is recommended that you make reservations early, especially during peak seasons.

Fees: Camping fees vary based on the type of site and time of year. There may be additional fees for extra vehicles, pets, or yurt rentals.

Campsite Amenities: Campsites usually include a fire ring, a picnic table, and access to restrooms and showers. Potable water spigots are generally available throughout the campground.

Campground Rules:

  • Check-In / Check-Out: There are specific check-in and check-out times that must be adhered to.
  • Quiet Hours: Typically, quiet hours are enforced in the evening until morning to ensure all campers can enjoy a peaceful environment.
  • Pet Policy: Pets are often allowed but must be kept on a leash and cleaned up after. Some areas, like yurts or certain trails, may have restrictions on pets.
  • Fire Safety: Due to varying conditions, fire restrictions may be in place. Always check current fire rules and only use fire rings where provided.
  • Wildlife: Store food securely and maintain a clean campsite to prevent attracting wildlife.

Safety & Etiquette

Wildlife Precautions: It's important to be aware of local wildlife and take necessary precautions, such as securing food and avoiding interaction with animals.

Leave No Trace: Campers should follow Leave No Trace principles to minimize their impact on the environment. This includes packing out all trash, camping only in designated areas, and leaving natural objects and features as they are.

Weather Conditions: Be prepared for a range of weather conditions by checking the forecast ahead of time and packing appropriate gear, including warm clothing and rain protection if needed.

Emergency Preparedness: Have a plan for emergencies. Know where the nearest medical facility is and bring a first-aid kit, as well as a way to contact emergency services if cell service is unreliable.

Exploring the Area

Nearby Attractions:

  • Bend: The nearby town of Bend offers additional lodging, dining, and shopping options as well as cultural attractions.
  • Outdoor Recreation: The area surrounding Tumalo State Park is known for outdoor activities like mountain biking, skiing, and rock climbing.
  • Scenic Drives: Take advantage of scenic drives in the region, such as the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway.

Local Events: Bend and the surrounding area host a variety of events and festivals throughout the year, so check local calendars to see what might be happening during your visit.

To ensure a pleasant and safe camping experience at Tumalo State Park, always check the official Oregon State Parks website or contact the park directly for the most current information and any advisories or updates on conditions and facilities.

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