Crane Prairie Campground

Deschutes National Forest

2 Reviews
Gales Landing Road Bend, OR 97701 541-383-4000 541-383-5300 Reservations: 877-444-6777 Official Website

GPS: 43.7972, -121.7587

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Overview of Crane Prairie Campground

Number of Sites 140

Reservations yes

Open Seasonally April-Oct.

Elevation 4450 ft

Max Stay 14

Max Length 30 ft

Tent Camping Yes

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2bars
Verizon 4G/LTE
Confirmed by 1 User
Last reported 8/19/2019
“Big, busy campground with a friendly vibe”

Reviewed 8/19/2019

Nightly rate: $8
Days stayed: 14
Site Number: 18, 76
Overall Rating

Another great National Forest campground. Crane Prairie CG is one of the largest NF campgrounds in the Cascade Lakes area near Bend and it gets lots of use on summer weekends. Apparently the days of arriving on a Friday and having the CG to yourself, as the reviewer reported in 2016, are long gone. The CG was not at capacity over the weekend but every site with a view of the lake was occupied.

There's a combination of reservable and walk in sites. If you're a tent camper or small rv owner you could probably find something workable even on the weekend. We arrived on a Sunday and had numerous choices for our 40' 5W. We set up in site 18 originally, an extra long pull through. But, with measuring tape in hand, my husband felt he could get us into site 76, a spacious waterfront site with a sandy beach. It was really lovely to have views of the water and snow capped mountains.

There's a threaded potable water spigot on the right just as you turn off the road and numerous unthreaded spigots scattered around. No dump on site. We went to Gordy's Truck Stop on Hiway 97 in La Pine, which is very easy to access, $8. Vault toilets are clean. There's a boat launch in the CG and a bigger one in the adjoining day use area.
With a MIMO antenna, Verizon was good right on the lake at our site, 76, but basically nonexistent away from the lake.

Misc: Cultus Lake Resort, about 10 miles away, has a nice little cafe and terrace with views of the lake . We enjoyed a surprisingly delicious Shrimp PoBoy. The absolute cheapest propane in the Bend area is Oregon Pet & Feed in Bend ($1.70 in Aug 2019)

Crane Prairie CG has a really friendly, fun summer vibe. This past weekend, there was a bluegrass community play along and a church group in the yellow loop. Lots and lots of kayaks and canoes. Lots of young families.

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LoveLifeOnTheRoad would stay here again

This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com

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Mike and Holly
Bend, OR 24' Creekside 20FQ Ford F150 3.5L Ecoboost
33 reviews
“Many campsites, but few campers”

Reviewed 8/31/2015

Nightly rate: $16
Days stayed: 2
Site Number: 105
Overall Rating

This is a National Forest Service campground on Crane Prairie Reservoir. Crane Prairie is a large campground with 5 loops and 140 sites. We camped in the blue loop at site 105. We were here on Friday, August 28 through Sunday, August 30 and the campground was mostly empty. We had no neighbors in the blue loop and this is the loop by the water. It almost felt like a scene from the Twilight Zone, but we didn't complain about the peace and quiet.

Many of the sites at Crane Prairie are small and will not accommodate RV's. However, there are larger sites in each loop. We walked around the campground and made a note of the larger sites. Some of our favorites were 105, 108, 116, 134, 144, 49, 52. As with most Forest Service campgrounds, the pads are dirt with varying degrees of levelness. Each site has a picnic table and fire pit. The sites are partly to mostly shaded by pine trees.

This campground is directly beside Crane Prairie RV Resort. The resort campsites are more than twice the price of the Forest Service sites, but you do get full hookups at the resort. We had solar power and a full water tank so the hookups were not needed. The Forest Service campground was perfect for us.

We had a good cell signal using AirVoice (AT&T) and Straight Talk (Verizon).

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Mike and Holly would stay here again

This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com

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Amenities

Hookups
  • dry camping
Recreation
  • boat ramp
  • fishing
  • picnic area
  • water access
Site Amenities
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
Facilities
  • restrooms: vault
  • trash
  • water available
Pets
  • pets
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