South Ice Cave Recreation Site

Deschutes National Forest

write a review
Fort Rock, OR 97735
Official Website

GPS: 43.5827, -121.0783

Last Price Paid: $0
Tent Camping: Yes

Accessibility is not guaranteed, always scout ahead before driving down dirt roads.
Learn more: Boondocking 101

Thumb chris david
Sandy, OR
22 Ford Transit 250 cargo van conversion high roof, extended wheelbase
93 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1
Site Number: 1

Chris&David would stay here again

“Free camping within a hundred yards of an ice cave!”

Reviewed May 23, 2016

Overall Rating

We discovered this spot on a beautiful Saturday in late April, quite by accident. A small sign at the junction of NF18 and NF22 east of La Pine pointed to South Ice Cave, 1 mile west on NF22.

Even though this small spot isn't explicitly identified for camping, the presence of a pit toilet, fire ring and picnic table invited us to stay the night. An old zigzag split rail fence encircled the shallow, below-ground ice cave, which is encrusted with jagged lava rocks. A single Ponderosa pine stands guard at the entrance.

Our site was about 100 feet off north of NF22, but not a single vehicle drove by from 5 pm to 8 am when we departed.

Lots of other small-scale but fascinating adventures are nearby: Fort Rock, Crack in the Ground, Hole in the Ground, Derrick Ice Cave that could keep you occupied for a weekend.

Small dings for age of vault toilet and a picnic table on its last legs. There's plenty of room for all sorts of size rigs. We had no cell reception on our Verizon phones.

Site Quality

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

Thumb chris david
Caves, Cracks and Holes - Beyond

Journal We drove south on April 23, intending to check out the community of Sunriver which is about 15 minutes south of Bend, Oregon. This was our “shake down trip” since the purchase of a 1...

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


China hat campground
China Hat Campground
National Forest
La Pine, Oregon
East lake resort
East Lake Resort
RV Park
La Pine, Oregon
East Lake Campground
National Forest
La Pine, Oregon
Cinder hill campground
Cinder Hill Campground
National Forest
La Pine, Oregon
Little crater campground
Little Crater Campground
National Forest
La Pine, Oregon
Paulina Lake Campground
National Forest
La Pine, Oregon
Hole in the ground
National Forest
Fort Rock, Oregon