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Location and Access

Perry South Campground is located in the Deschutes National Forest, a vast recreational area known for its stunning landscapes of forests, mountains, and lakes in central Oregon, USA. The campground itself is situated on the shores of Lake Billy Chinook.

Facilities and Amenities


  • The campground offers multiple campsites suitable for tent and RV camping but check on the specific site details as some may have size limitations.
  • Each site typically comes with a picnic table, fire ring, and grill.

General Amenities:

  • Drinking water
  • Vault toilets
  • Garbage disposal
  • Boat ramp access for those interested in water activities

Note: Amenities such as electrical hookups, sewer service, or showers may not be available, so be prepared to have a more rustic camping experience.

Recreational Activities

  • Boating and Fishing: The nearby Lake Billy Chinook offers excellent opportunities for boating and fishing.
  • Swimming: Swimming is a popular activity thanks to the lake's clear waters.
  • Hiking: Numerous trails can be explored around the Deschutes National Forest.
  • Wildlife Watching: The area is known for its diverse wildlife, making it a great spot for nature enthusiasts.

Reservations and Fees

  • Reservations for campgrounds in the Deschutes National Forest can typically be made via the recreation.gov website, but be sure to check if Perry South Campground allows for reservations or if it is first-come, first-served.
  • There will be a fee for camping, which varies depending on the type of site you choose and the amenities provided.

Seasonal Access and Conditions

  • Perry South Campground is usually operational from late spring through the fall, depending on the weather and conditions. Check current conditions before planning your trip because the campground may be closed seasonally due to snow or other weather conditions.
  • Summertime can be quite busy so plan for possible crowds, especially on weekends and holidays.

Safety and Regulations

  • Always follow local fire restrictions; these can change frequently due to weather conditions and the risk of forest fires.
  • Store food properly to avoid attracting wildlife.
  • Keep a safe distance from wildlife and do not feed them.
  • Make sure you have a valid fishing license if you plan to fish.
  • Respect the natural environment by staying on designated trails and leaving no trace.

Local Attractions and Points of Interest

  • The Cove Palisades State Park: Located nearby and offers additional recreational opportunities.
  • Mountain Biking: The area around the campground is also known for its mountain biking trails.
  • Scenic Drives: The Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway is a notable drive in the area, offering views of snow-capped peaks and alpine lakes.

Please Note: Information about Perry South Campground can change from season to season, so it is always best to consult the local ranger district or the official Deschutes National Forest website for the most up-to-date information before heading out.

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