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Review: Prairie Campground in La Pine, Ore.

This small primitive forest service campground is on Paulina Lake Road just east of Hwy. 97, approximately 6 miles from La Pine, Ore.

The campground is forested and overlooks a meadow with a stream running through it. From Prairie Campground, it is only about 40 minutes from Bend, Ore., a large enough city for most shopping or services.

Nearby, about 5 miles from the campground, is Paulina Crater, East Lake, Paulina Falls, and the Big Obsidian Flow, and it is 5 miles from Sunriver Resort.

Thirty minutes to the north is High Desert Museum, Newberry Caldara (with big cinder cone and old lava flows), Lava River Cave, Lava Cast Forest, waterfalls, hikes, river floating, mountain air, biking (both mountain and easy trails). Crater Lake National Park is only about two hours south, which is an absolute must see.

Pros:

  • Great location, 3 miles on a good road (except for narrow last 500 feet) from Hwy. 97 on Paulina Lake Road
  • Nice view of Paulina creek and meadow from some sites
  • Forested campground with small roads and trails
  • Large sites, picnic tables and fire pits
  • Was available mid-season with no planning, Many empty sites, but we might have just been lucky.
  • Decent voice cell service
  • About 5 miles from good truck stop with diesel
  • Some buddy sites
  • Dark night for star gazing

Cons:

  • No services at site
  • No showers
  • No water
  • No electricity in park
  • Only vault toilets
  • No reservations
  • Poor cellular Internet — slow to none (1 mbs download, 0.2 mbs upload on good days)
  • Very dusty
  • No dump station at this campground
  • Sites will take a 30-foot trailer. If you’re over that length, drive the car in and see if a site is available before bringing your big rig in. The roads are narrow!
  • Late night music playing neighbors  – I guess we were unlucky with that one

Rated: Fair

Average nightly rate: $14 with half off for Access or Senior National Pass holders. Maximum stay is 14 days. Additional vehicle is $7 per night.

Contact: None

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About Athena Pantekoek

Athena Pantekoek and her husband, Darin, are parents of two teens . They have been traveling the country since 2010 in their Holiday Rambler Class A – “The Rolling Shoebox.” They have visited 44 states, learning America is so much more fascinating than they ever knew. They also have visited more than 40 of the Thousand Trails Campgrounds. Follow their adventures at www.rollingshoebox.com.

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