Crane Prairie Campground is located on the east shore of its namesake reservoir in Deschutes National Forest, just off the scenic Cascade Lakes Highway. The large campground with multiple camping loops offers sites right on or within just a few minutes’ walk of the lake, a perfect backdrop for individual or family camping excursions. Crane Prairie Reservoir is a prime location for boating and fishing. Fisheries in close proximity to the site also add to its popularity among anglers, but there’s a lot more wildlife around than just those under the water. The area offers fantastic bird watching, including Sandhill cranes and bald eagles, even Rocky Mountain Elk and an occasional black bear. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife manages populations of rainbow trout, mountain whitefish, brook trout and largemouth bass. Fish cleaning stations and a boat ramp are within the campground. Crane Praire Campground offers many sites that accommodate both tent and RV camping, though electric hookups are not available. Sites are equipped with tables and campfire rings with grills. Vault toilets and drinking water are also available. Roads and most parking spurs throughout the campground are paved. Many campsites are available for advanced reservation and several are available on-site on a first-come, first-served basis. Additional services such as showers and a small grocery store are available at a nearby resort.
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