South Campground

Deschutes National Forest

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Deschutes, OR 97413
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GPS: 43.9598, -121.7895

Last Price Paid: $12
Number of Sites: 23
Elevation: 4964 ft
Max Stay: 14
Tent Camping: Yes
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John & BJ
Mesa, AZ
19 Scamp
2017 Ram 1500
121 reviews
Nightly rate: $12
Days stayed: 4
Site Number: 11

John & BJ would stay here again

“Classic older Forest Service Campground”

Reviewed Jun 25, 2016

Overall Rating

Two years ago when we were in the area, we stayed at Point Campground on Elk Lake and were unimpressed. This time we stayed on Hosmer because we knew the new campground host. There are two campgrounds adjacent to one another on Hosmer Lake, although neither campground has any campsites with direct lake access. Price shown is the list price. It reduces 50% for senior.

South Campground is closer to the public boat launch. We stayed in site 11 which was excellent for our needs. There was enough open sky to keep the solar charged and there was a partial lake view from the pull-through site. There was enough slope that it took three layers of legos to level up.

The roads in both South and Mallard Marsh campground are dirt/gravel and the sites are primarily dirt. In South, the sites on the east side of the road are pull-through which worked well for smaller trailers, but larger rigs would likely have some clearance issues. The vast majority of the units in the campground were short term campers in tents, tent trailers, or trailers under 25' in length. There is no drinking water available at either Hosmer Lake campground, but there is water available at other nearby campgrounds. The nearest dump station is at the resort at Lava Lake.

The lake is well know for fly fishing. Nearly every campsite had one or more canoes, kayaks, standup paddle boards, or small row boats. The lake is limited to paddle craft or electric motors only.

In general, there isn't much view of the mountains from the campsites, but from the lake, Mt. Bachelor, South Sister, and Broken Top are all visible.

AT&T reception was nil. Verizon was marginal at the campsite, somewhat better at the boat launch entrance from the main road. With the amplifier and antenna we were getting a solid 4 bars of 4G from Verizon.

Site Quality
Verizon 3G

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Just Finding Our Way: Hosmer Lake

We met one of BJ's hiking sisters at the Hosmer Lake boat ramp at 8 a.m. with mirror smooth water in the forecast. There were four other vehicles in the lot when we launched. Hosmer is a small lake...

  • dry camping
  • fishing
  • recreation trail
  • water access
Site Amenities:
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
  • restrooms: vault
  • pets


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