Deschutes National Forest

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Deschutes National Forest

Oregon

(541) 383-5300

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Overview

In 1908, the Deschutes National Forest was established from parts of the Blue Mountains, Cascade, and Fremont National Forests. In 1911, parts of the Deschutes National Forest were split off to form the Ochoco and Paulina National Forests and parts of the Cascade and Oregon National Forests were added to the Deschutes. In 1915, the lands of the Paulina National Forest were rejoined to the Deschutes National Forest. For more on the history of the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests check the history section.

Nestled along the Cascade Mountains, the Deschutes National Forest is one of the most popular recreation forests in the Pacific Northwest. Truly a four season vacationland, the Forest attracts more than 8 million people every year to camp, fish, hike, hunt, ski, and enjoy a multitude of outdoor activities. The Forest also provides variety of commodities.

Since their creation as parts of the Cascade Forest Reserve (1893) and Blue Mountains Forest Reserve (1906), the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests have played an important role in Central Oregon's economic and social history. They were major suppliers of timber during the decades when mills formed the core of Central Oregon's economy and today are a destination for the millions of recreationists who visit Central Oregon each year.

Map of Deschutes Nat'l Forest

Latitude, Longitude: 43.515485, -121.084635

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Activities

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    There are three National Scenic Byways on the Deschutes National Forest that represent the diverse views and unique environments that attract so many visitors to central Oregon. These drives are off the beaten path and provide a way of traveling to experience natural and cultural landscapes that are full of fascinating stories and dramatic beauty.

  • Camping

    There are more than 125 developed campgrounds on the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests, ranging from small primitive campgrounds with a few campsites to large well developed campgrounds with more than a 100 campsites.

    Many people enjoy the solitude and primitive experience of camping away from developed campgrounds and other campers. Dispersed camping is the term used for camping anywhere in the National Forest OUTSIDE of a designated campground. Dispersed camping means no toilets, no treated water, and no fire grates are provided. Typically, dispersed camping is NOT allowed in the vicinity of developed recreation areas such as campgrounds, picnic areas or trailheads. Many people drive out on Forest Service roads into the woods and find a clearing or a spot near a stream or with a view of the mountains. There are extra responsibilities and skills that are necessary for dispersed camping. It's your responsibility to know these before you try this new experience.

  • Caving

    Please contact park services for more information.

  • Climbing

    Please contact park services for more information.

  • Fishing

    Our goal is to provide information to help you have a successful fishing and camping adventure on the lakes and streams of Central Oregon.

    Many of the lakes and reservoirs listed are located along or adjacent to the Cascade Lakes Highway (Forest Service Rd 46). In addition to excellent fishing there are spectacular surroundings to explore. Visit the photo gallery for additional pictures of the area. In Central Oregon, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) has fish management strategies in place to provide abundant opportunities for successful angling experiences. From great places for young children who want to experience angling for the first time with limited gear, to hard core anglers going after the big ones with all the gear to supply a large tackle shop, and to everything in-between.

  • Hiking

    Trails located in these districts: Bend/Fort Rock Ranger District - East Half Bend/Fort Rock Ranger District - West Half Crescent Ranger District Sisters Ranger District

  • Historic Sites

    Please contact park services for more information.

  • Hunting

    Please contact park services for more information.

  • Off Highway Vehicles

    COHVOPS manages and maintains eight OHV areas, which contain trails and play areas. For any questions relating to trails, closures, conduct, rules, regulations and/or concerns please contact: OHV Hotline -24 hour recorded information, (541) 383-4010 , or call the forest office.

  • Picnicking

    There are more than 170 developed day use sites on the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests including, picnic areas, trailheads, and roadside viewpoints.

  • RVing

    Please contact a ranger office for more information.

  • Winter Sports

    The Deschutes and Ochoco National Forest provide a wide range of winter recreation opportunities including downhill skiing, Nordic skiing, and snowmobiling.

Directions

Driving

Primary access to the forest from Bend is south on State highway 97.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(541) 383-5300

Campground reservations

(877) 444-6777

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