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Overview of Paulina Lake Campground

Paulina Lake Campground is situated within the Newberry National Volcanic Monument, in the central Oregon region of Deschutes National Forest. The campground offers visitors a scenic setting for an array of outdoor activities such as fishing, boating, and hiking.

Campground Facilities & Amenities

  • Sites: Numerous single and double campsites for tent and RV camping.
  • Utility Hookups: Typically, there are no water, sewer, or electrical hookups available.
  • Water Access: Drinking water is usually provided through hand pumps or spigots.
  • Toilets: Both flush and vault toilets are often available.
  • Picnic Tables: Each campsite generally comes with a picnic table.
  • Fire Rings: Fire pits or grills are provided at each site for cooking and warmth.
  • Boat Ramp: There may be a boat ramp or access to the lake for watercraft.
  • Trash Collection: Garbage services are typically provided, and visitors are encouraged to keep the area clean.

Recreational Activities

  • Fishing: The lake is known for its brown trout and Kokanee salmon.
  • Hiking: Numerous trails are available including a trail around Paulina Lake.
  • Boating: Non-motorized and electric motor boats are usually allowed on Paulina Lake.
  • Swimming: While there are no designated swim areas, visitors can swim at their own risk.
  • Wildlife Viewing: The area is home to a variety of wildlife including deer, elk, and various bird species.

Reservations and Fees

  • Reservations: Can be made online or over the phone through a national reservation service.
  • Fees: There is typically a fee per night for camping, which varies depending on the type of site.
  • Passes: Some visitors may need a recreation pass which can be obtained separately.

Access and Regulations

  • Vehicle Access: Roads leading to the campground are usually well-maintained but can vary depending on the season.
  • Season: The campground operates seasonally, typically from late spring to early fall, depending on snow levels and weather conditions.
  • Pets: Are often allowed but must be kept on a leash at all times.
  • Fire Restrictions: Campers need to be aware of and adhere to fire restrictions, which can vary throughout the year.

Tips for Visiting

  • Prepare for Weather: Weather can change quickly, so bring appropriate clothing and gear.
  • Be Bear Aware: Proper food storage is essential to not attract bears and other wildlife.
  • Leave No Trace: Pack out what you pack in and leave sites cleaner than you found them.
  • Altitude Awareness: At elevations above 6,000 feet, be prepared for altitude sickness and bring sun protection.

Visitors should always check the latest information available from the Deschutes National Forest regarding current conditions, restrictions, closures, and rules before planning their trip to Paulina Lake Campground. This information is crucial for safety and to ensure an enjoyable camping experience.

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