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OREGON CAMPGROUND DIRECTORY
CRANE PRAIRIE RESERVOIR
FS ROAD #4285
DESCHUTES NATIONAL FOREST
LATITUDE: N 4345.511
LONGITUDE: W 12147.585
(GPS from Browns Mountain Boat Ramp)
ELEVATION: 4455'
Dispersed and Primitive Camping

Crane Prairie is a 4,940-acre reservoir
located in the Cascade Mountains.
There are 24 miles of shoreline.

Crane Prairie Reservoir
Crane Prairie Reservoir
Three Sisters, Broken Top, and Mount Bachelor

Crane Prairie Reservoir
Crane Prairie Reservoir

Road #4285 is a rough dirt road
about 3 miles long that connects between
Hwy.42 and Hwy.46(Cascade Lakes Hwy)
There are some good camp areas on the
edge of Crane Prairie Reservoir.

PHOTO HERE
Dispersed Campsite
First road past Browns Mountain Boat Ramp

DISPERSED CAMPSITE
LATITUDE: N 4345.650
LONGITUDE: W 12147.737
From the junction of Road#42
Take Road#4285 for 1.2 miles
The first campsite past Browns Mountain
Boat Ramp.

Crane Prairie Reservoir
Crane Prairie Reservoir
Mountain Views from Dispersed Campsite

DISPERSED CAMPSITE
LATITUDE: N 4346.022
LONGITUDE: W 12148.760
From the junction of Road#42
Take Road#4285 for 2.2 miles
This narrow spur road winds and twists
about a 1/4 mile down to the shoreline
of Crane Prairie Reservoir. There are
about 1/2 dozen dispersed campsites
with great mountain views.

Crane Prairie Reservoir
Crane Prairie Reservoir

Primitive campsites with firerings
No garbage
Limit 30 days total in a calender year

Crane Prairie Dam
Crane Prairie Dam

CRANE PRAIRIE DAM
LATITUDE: N 4345.301
LONGITUDE: W 12147.091
From the junction of Road#42
Take Road#4285 for about 1/2 mile

Browns Mountain Boat Ramp
Browns Mountain Boat Ramp

BROWNS MOUNTAIN BOAT RAMP
LATITUDE: N 4345.511
LONGITUDE: W 12147.585
From the junction of Road#42
Take Road#4285 about 1 mile
Outhouse...
No Camping

Road#4200/800 is between Road#4285 and
Road #4270 (towards Crane Prairie Lodge)
Road#800 is about 1/4 mile long with several
nice campsites with the sounds of the river
raging in the background.

FIRE RESTRICTIONS
It is you responsibility to know what fire
restrictions are in place.
Required at primitive campgrounds
Axe, Shovel, and 5 gallons water Also consider
a Fire Extinguisher and a pair of leather gloves.

Wild Flowers
Wild Flowers

DIRECTIONS:
From Road#42
Turn on Road #4285
(Browns Mountain Junction / Crane Prairie Dam)
Go past and Browns Mountain Boat Ramp and
there are some roads to the right leading to some
good campsites along Crane Prairie Reservoir.

From Road#46 / Cascade Lakes Highway
1 mile north from the Jct. of Road#46 and #42.
It is unmarked from this direction.
(Near Milepost 51)

ROAD CONDITIONS:
Rough gravel surface
Spur roads to campsites are narrow dirt surface
Not recommended for RVs

MAP (Crane Prairie)
MAP (Cascade Lakes Highway)
These are our personal hand drawn maps
Not guaranteed for accuracy

Boat Ramp at Crane Prairie Resort
Boat Ramp at Crane Prairie Resort

Showers at Crane Prairie Reservoir Lodge
$1.25 in quarters for 3 minutes.
Showers and Laundry at Twin Lakes Lodge.

Drinking water at Rock Creek Campground
on Cascade Lakes Highway / FS Road#46
Hand pump next to the fish cleaning station
is a deep source well and the water is cool,
clean and refreshing.

Just north of Osprey Point Trailhead
is the historic Billy Quinn gravesite.

Elk Lake
Elk Lake
LATITUDE: N 43.58.815
LONGITUDE: W 121.48.325
Elevation; 4893'
Elk Lake was named by J.Roy Harvey, first
supervisor of the Deschutes National Forest.
It covers approximately 390 acres. It's maximum
depth is 75 feet and the lake has no surface outlet.

Devils Garden from Cascade Lakes Highway
Devils Garden from Cascade Lakes Highway
(Between milepost 27-28)

Also see: LAVA FLOW CAMPGROUND
Also see:
NEWBERRY CRATER and MONUMENT
Also see:
ROCK CREEK CAMPGROUND
Also see:
SPARKS LAKE CAMPGROUND
Also see:
WICKIUP RESERVOIR / ROAD#090
Also see:
WICKIUP RESERVOIR / ROAD#4260
Also see:
WICKIUP RESERVOIR / ROAD#4280
Also see:
WICKIUP RESERVOIR / ROAD#4370
Also see:
WICKIUP RESERVOIR / ROAD#44

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OREGON FREE CAMPGROUND MAP
Google custom map by Ian with most of the
free campgrounds in Oregon
.

Road#44 near Jct. of Road#6230
Wickiup Reservoir early in the morning

Deschutes River
Parking Area along the Deschutes River
Century Drive / MP 42
LATITUDE: N 43.51.399
LONGITUDE: W 121.47.000

Lava Lake
Lava Lake with Mount Bachelor in the background
LATITUDE: N 43.54.920
LONGITUDE: W 121.46.090

Little Lava Lake
Little Lava Lake
LATITUDE: N 43.54.635
LONGITUDE: W 121.45.710

Day Use Area
Day Use Area
LATITUDE: N 43.53.005
LONGITUDE: W 121.46.112
Century Drive Day Use Area along the Deschutes River
Picnic tables, Metal Firerings

Cow Meadow and Deschutes River
Cow Meadow and Deschutes River
Fee Area / $10
LATITUDE: N 43.48.800
LONGITUDE: W 121.46.580
Elevation: 4530'
Road 970 for 1 1/2 miles

Snow
Century Drive between Sparks Lake and Mount Bachelor
Snow on ground June 7, 2010

Deschutes River
Deschutes River viewed form Highway 42
LATITUDE: N 43.44.665
LONGITUDE: W 121.46.935
This section of the Deschutes River flows between
Crane Prairie and Wickiup Reservoir.

PHOTO HERE
Old Cabin on Browns Creek
N 43.43.400
W 121.49.060
Elevation 4424'
From the dispersed camp area there is an old road
and the cabin is about a five minute walk. There are
several springs and an old water wheel...

Road 4285 Logging operations
Road #4285 Logging Operations

Deschutes River Crossing
Deschutes Crossing at the Columbia River
Deschutes River drains into the Columbia River

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