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With more than fifty parks, Oregon state campgrounds have something for everyone. Be sure and check with the individual parks before planning your trip, however, many of them are only open on a seasonal basis. Following is an overview of some of the many state campgrounds in Oregon.


Ainsworth State Park is in the Columbia River Gorge. This area has the greatest concentration of waterfalls in the world. It is perfect for those who are seeking a beautiful area for hiking and observing nature and wildlife.

Ainsworth is open all year and provides the following:

  • 45 campsites with water and electric
  • Four primitive tent sites
  • Flush toilets
  • Dump station
  • Campground host
  • Showers
  • Amphitheater
  • Playground
  • Trails
  • Rock formations

Cape Lookout State Park

Cape Lookout State Park is located in northwest Oregon. Easy access to the beach, this camping area is a good place to find old glass floats, relax on the beach, or hike through miles of old growth forest. The park is open all year.

  • 38 full hookup sites
  • 1 electric site
  • 173 tent sites
  • 13 yurts
  • 3 cabins
  • Dump station
  • Marine mammal watching
  • Rock formations
  • Wetlands

Collier Memorial State Park

Collier Memorial State Park is located in south central Oregon. This Oregon state campground is a must for the history or railroad aficionado. There is an outdoor museum of historic logging equipment, a pioneer village that has been relocated to the site, and information about how the railroad was used in logging. The park is open year round.

  • Camping
  • Horse camp
  • Museums
  • Hiking trail
  • Full hookups

Deschutes River State Recreation Area

The Deschutes River State Recreation Area is one of the Oregon state campgrounds that allows horses. Trail riding is allowed from March through June. They do require reservations but allow up to ten horses per day on the trail.Other things to do here include:

  • hiking
  • Mountain biking
  • Rafting
  • Steelhead and trout fishing
  • 34 electric sites
  • 25 primitive sites
  • Group areas
  • Restrooms
  • Boating
  • Hiking

Smith Rock State Park

Smith Rock State Park is a rock climber’s paradise. There are several thousand climbs in this park and over one thousand of them are bolted routes. There are also miles of hiking and mountain biking trails. The park is open year round and camping is on a first come first serve basis. Camp sites are primitive and open fires are prohibited.

  • Fishing
  • Golden Eagles
  • Mule Deer
  • Prairie Falcons
  • Rock formations
  • Desert

The Cove Palisades State Park

The Cove Palisades State Park is located in the high desert area of central Oregon, in the cliffs surrounding Lake Billy Chinook. This beautiful, full service campground is a Mecca for water sports, offering a marina as well as rental services. It is open all year.Other amenities are:

  • Lakeside cabins
  • Boat slips
  • Swimming
  • Full hookup
  • Primitive campsites
  • Playgrounds
  • Walking trails
  • Restaurant

South Beach State Park

South Beach State Park is located on the central Oregon coast. It offers many opportunities for campers who love the ocean. You can rent a kayak and go on guided kayak tours, visit the Marine Science Center, or check out the Oregon Coast Aquarium. The park is open all year.

  • 27 Yurts
  • WI-FI
  • 228 electrical sites
  • Dump station
  • Playgrounds
  • Dunes
  • Beach access
  • Bicycle trail
  • ADA trails
  • Showers
  • Marine mammal watching
  • Beachcombing
  • Crabbing

Valley of the Rogue State Park

Valley of the Rogue State park is located in the Rogue Valley of south central Oregon. This is the area that was made famous by novelist Zane Gray. It can be used as a base camp while you tour places like Crater Lake National Park, Ashland’s Shakespeare Festival, or a number of other activities. The park is open all year.

  • 88 full hookup sites
  • 59 electrical sites
  • 21 tents sites
  • Six yurts
  • Cabins
  • Teepees
  • WI-FI
  • Showers
  • Dump station
  • Meeting halls
  • Walking trails
  • Waterways

Other Oregon State Campgrounds

  • Beachside State Recreation Site
    • Beach access
    • Bird watching
    • Marine mammal watching
  • Emigrant Springs State Heritage Area
    • Snow skiing
    • Snowmobiling
    • Horse trails
  • Farwell Bend State Recreation Area
    • Oregon Trail
    • Fishing
    • Water Skiing
    • Boating
  • Government Island
    • Island only accessible by boat.
    • Primitive camping
    • Wildlife watching
    • Swimming

    There are many more campgrounds in Oregon. You can find them at the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department website. Here you will find the links to the individual parks as well as information on rates and fees, making reservations and other helpful information. Oregon has beautiful scenery, historic areas, and numerous other amenities that draw campers from all over. Whether you love summer camping or are looking for the challenge of a winter camp, Oregon has something to offer you.

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