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Overview of McKay Crossing Campground

McKay Crossing Campground is one of the camping areas located within the Deschutes National Forest in Central Oregon, USA. It sits in a scenic environment characterized by its forest setting and proximity to Paulina Creek. The campground is especially favored by those looking to enjoy the outdoors while having access to fishing, hiking, and sightseeing opportunities.

Location and Access

McKay Crossing Campground is located near the town of La Pine, Oregon. The last stretch to the campground can be on dirt roads that might be narrow or have rough patches, so access with larger RVs or trailers might be challenging. It's important to check with the Deschutes National Forest ranger district for current road conditions before planning your trip.

Campsites and Facilities

The campground features several campsites suitable for tent and RV camping, though the length of RVs that the campground can accommodate might be limited. Each site generally includes a picnic table and a fire pit.

The campground typically provides basic facilities such as:

  • Vault toilets
  • Drinking water (However, availability can vary, so it's advisable to bring your own supply or a means to treat water from natural sources.)

Electric hookups, sewer, and water hookups are usually not available, so campers should be prepared for a more rustic experience.

Recreational Activities

  • Hiking: There are various hiking trails in the vicinity, ranging from easy to more challenging, offering opportunities to explore the surrounding forest and enjoy the local flora and fauna.
  • Fishing: Anglers might find opportunities to fish in Paulina Creek or other nearby water bodies; check local regulations and have the appropriate Oregon fishing license.
  • Water Activities: Paulina Creek offers options for wading, swimming, and even exploring waterfalls, depending on the time of year and water levels.
  • Wildlife Viewing: The area is home to diverse wildlife, including deer, birds, and smaller forest animals.

Reservations and Fees

Some campsites might be available on a first-come, first-served basis, while others might be reservable through a central reservation system. Fees are usually charged per night for camping, and there could be additional costs for extra vehicles. Always check the current fee schedule and reservation policies before heading to the campground.

Seasonal Availability

McKay Crossing Campground is generally open from late spring through early fall, depending on weather conditions and snow levels. Because the campground operates on a seasonal basis, it is closed during the winter months.

Rules and Regulations

  • Campfire Restrictions: Depending on the season and fire danger levels, campfire restrictions might be in force.
  • Pets: Pets are typically allowed but must be kept on a leash and under control at all times.
  • Leave No Trace: Campers are expected to follow Leave No Trace principles, keeping the site clean and disposing of waste properly.

Contact Information

For the most up-to-date information, it's recommended to contact the Deschutes National Forest ranger district:

  • Phone: Before your visit, call the local ranger district for current conditions and specific campground information.
  • Website: Visit the official Deschutes National Forest website or the recreation.gov website for details on reservations, campground status, and alerts.

Note: Since information can change, for the most accurate and updated details about McKay Crossing Campground, it's important to check official resources or contact the forest service directly before planning your trip.

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