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Overview of Reservoir Campground

Reservoir Campground is located within the Deschutes National Forest, which spans across millions of acres in central Oregon and is known for its stunning landscapes of forests, mountains, lakes, and rivers. The campground provides a rustic outdoor experience for visitors seeking to engage with the natural environment.

Campground Features

Campsites: The number of campsites at Reservoir Campground and whether they accommodate tents or RVs can vary, with amenities like picnic tables, fire pits/grills, and possibly tent pads.

Access: The campground typically has road access suitable for most vehicles, but conditions can vary. It is advisable to check with the district office for road status if traveling in early or late seasons.


  • Water: Fresh water may be available at the campground. However, in some cases, it is necessary to bring your own, so always check beforehand.
  • Toilets: Reservoir Campground likely offers vault toilets, which are common in remote, rustic campgrounds.
  • No Hookups: Typically, campsites in national forests like Deschutes do not offer hookups for RVs for water, sewer, or power.
  • Garbage Disposal: Some campgrounds have garbage services, but others may require you to pack out what you bring in.


  • Fishing: Often, reservoirs and nearby rivers or streams provide opportunities for fishing.
  • Hiking: There may be trails accessible from the campground or nearby for all ability levels.
  • Water Sports: If located near a lake or reservoir, activities may include boating, kayaking, or paddleboarding.
  • Wildlife Watching: The campground may offer opportunities to view local wildlife in their natural habitat.

Reservation and Fees

  • Reservation: Campsites may be first-come, first-served, or reservable through a system like Recreation.gov. Always check in advance.
  • Fees: There would typically be a nightly fee for camping. Check the current rate as it can change from year to year.

Location and Contact

  • Address: To get to Reservoir Campground, you would need the specific address or location within the Deschutes National Forest.
  • Contact: For the most current information, it is best to contact the local ranger district office directly.

Rules and Regulations

  • Fire Information: Depending on the time of year and fire danger levels, there may be fire restrictions. Always follow guidelines to prevent forest fires.
  • Pets: If pets are allowed, they usually must be kept on a leash and under control.
  • Quiet Hours: Campgrounds typically have enforced quiet hours to ensure all guests have a pleasant experience.
  • Stay Limit: National Forest campgrounds usually have a maximum stay limit.

Seasonal Information

  • Weather: The weather can vary significantly with the seasons, and nighttime temperatures can be cold even in summer.
  • Season: Some campgrounds are only open seasonally due to snow and weather conditions. It's important to verify if Reservoir Campground is accessible during your planned visit.

Safety Tips

  • Wildlife: Store food safely to not attract bears and other wildlife.
  • Weather: Be prepared for sudden changes in weather, especially if you are camping at high elevations.
  • Emergency Preparedness: Always have a first aid kit, and know how to get emergency help if there is no cell service.

As specific details about Reservoir Campground can change, please ensure to check the latest information provided by the USDA Forest Service or other authoritative sources before planning your trip.

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