Lava Lake Campground

Deschutes National Forest

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NF-500
Bend, OR 97701
541-383-5300
Reservations: 877-444-6777
Official Website

GPS: 43.9136, -121.7673

Last Price Paid: $16
Number of Sites: 43
Pad Type: dirt
Open Seasonally: Yes
Elevation: 4750 ft
Max Length: 30 ft

2 people have reviewed this location.

Ratings Summary

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Cell Phone Coverage

4bars
Verizon 4G/LTE
4bars
AT&T 4G/LTE
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WatsonsWander

Airstream Safari
156 reviews
Nightly rate: $16
Days stayed: 14
Site Number: 39

WatsonsWander would stay here again

“Great spot for exploring the area”

Reviewed Jul 10, 2018

Overall Rating

We spent two weeks at this no-frills forest service campground while we enjoyed the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway. It was a great location for visiting the numerous lakes and trails in the area. The campground is pretty packed during prime season but we easily got one of the six first come, first serve sites by arriving around mid-day on a Sunday. Site 39 was arguably the best site in the whole campground with a large backyard located at the back corner of the campground. Many of the other sites were not as nice and lacked the privacy that we enjoyed during our two-week stay.

There are no utility hook-ups here, but they do have water spigots and pit toilets. The next door Lava Lake Resort offers showers($5) and a dump station ($10).

A few trails crisscross around the lake with many more only a short drive away. If you come with a kayak and want to avoid the massive amount of motorboat traffic in Lava Lake be sure to check out nearby Hosmer Lake. Too shallow for motors but perfect for human-powered boats and the mountain views were spectacular!

Oh yeah, and while it seems like you are in the middle of nowhere, the cell service here was great! Both Verizon and AT&T were rocking with no booster needed.

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4bars
AT&T 4G/LTE
4bars
Verizon 4G/LTE

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


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Mike and Holly
Bend, OR
2015 Creekside 20FQ
2015 Ford F150 3.5L EcoBoost
27 reviews
Nightly rate: $16
Days stayed: 2
Site Number: 26

Mike and Holly would stay here again

“Typical Forest Service Campground”

Reviewed Jun 27, 2016

Overall Rating

The campground is located beside Lava Lake, but none of the sites have a direct view of the lake. Most sites are partially shaded by Pine trees. There are no RV hookups. A trail circles the lake with connections to other hiking trails. One of the trails leads to Little Lava Lake which is a short walk from Lava Lake. Most of the sites are fairly level. Sites are gravel pads with generous spacing between sites. Each site has a picnic table and fire ring. It's best to camp in this area after July 1 when the mosquito population is lower. There was a good Verizon cell phone signal.

Beside Lava Lake Campground is the Lava Lake RV Resort which has full hookups, a store and boat rentals. Also in the immediate area is Little Lava Lake Campground which is a smaller Forest Service campground that can accommodate small and medium size RV's.

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3bars
Verizon 4G/LTE

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


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Two Weeks Exploring the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway - WatsonsWander

The Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway travels for 66 miles through a striking volcanic landscape dotted with lakes, lava-filled meadows, and towering snow-capped mountains. The entire area is a haven for...

Hookups:
  • dry camping
Recreation:
  • fishing
  • recreation trail
Site Amenities:
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
  • pull thru
Facilities:
  • restrooms: vault
  • trash
  • water available
Pets:
  • pets

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