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Little Fawn Campground is a popular camping destination within the Deschutes National Forest in Oregon, USA. Situated near Elk Lake, this campground is known for its spectacular natural beauty and a variety of recreational activities. Below is some important information to keep in mind if you're planning a trip.

Location and Access

Little Fawn Campground

  • Located near Elk Lake approximately 34 miles southwest of Bend, Oregon.
  • The campground can be accessed via Cascade Lakes National Scenic Byway.
  • Remember to check road conditions and access points before traveling, as they can be affected by seasonal weather changes.

Campground Features

Facilities and Amenities

  • The campground typically offers basic amenities such as picnic tables, campfire rings, and vault toilets.
  • Drinking water is often available, but it's best to bring your own just in case or be prepared to treat water from natural sources.
  • No electric hookups are available at this campground.
  • A boat ramp is located nearby for those wishing to use Elk Lake for boating activities.


  • The campground includes multiple sites suitable for tents and trailers, with a mixture of reservable and first-come, first-served spots.


Recreational Opportunities

  • Fishing and boating on Elk Lake are a major draw.
  • Hiking trails in the surrounding Deschutes National Forest offer opportunities for exploring the area's natural beauty.
  • Swimming and kayaking are also popular activities during the warmer months.
  • Nature watching, with opportunities to see local wildlife like deer, birds, and possibly even elk.

Reservations and Fees


  • Some campsites may be reservable, while others are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Reservations can typically be made through a centralized reservation system like Recreation.gov.


  • There is likely to be a nightly fee for camping which can vary depending on the type of site.
  • Additional fees may be charged for extra vehicles or use of certain facilities.

Rules and Regulations

General Rules

  • Always practice Leave No Trace principles to minimize your impact on the environment.
  • Be aware of any fire restrictions, especially during dry summer months.
  • Quiet hours are typically enforced from 10:00 PM to 6:00 AM.


  • Pets are usually allowed but must be kept on leash and under control at all times.
  • Owners must pick up after their pets.

Wildlife Safety

  • Properly store food and scented items to avoid attracting bears or other wildlife.

Seasonal Considerations

Climate and Best Time to Visit

  • The best time to visit is during the summer months when the weather is warm, and the roads are accessible.
  • Deschutes National Forest is a high-elevation area and can have snow into late spring or early summer.

Operating Season

  • Little Fawn Campground is generally open from late spring through early fall, depending on weather conditions and snow levels.

Additional Tips

  • Before you travel, always check the latest campground status and availability.
  • Bring appropriate gear for variable weather conditions, including cold nights and potential rain.
  • Consider the altitude when planning activities, as some visitors may need to acclimatize to the elevation.

Remember that this information may change, so it's always best to confirm the details with the most recent sources or directly with the local forest service office before planning your trip.

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