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Elk Lake Campground

Photo courtesy of Jonny Oliver

Elk Lake Campground hosts 22 campsites near the northwestern shore of its namesake lake—and offers a low-key, laid-back overnight stay.

In all, 18 nonelectric sites throughout the campground accommodate RVs and trailers—while four tent-only sites sit near the shore and offer partial lake views through stands of ponderosa pine. Each site at the hillside campground comes with a campfire ring and picnic table, and broader amenities include potable water and vault toilets.

Away from the sites, Elk Lake Campground hosts a boat launch for motorized and non-motorized craft; paddlers and boaters alike enjoy watching for wildlife along the lakeshore (including black bears, porcupines, and deer) and savoring pristine views of Mount Bachelor and the Three Sisters. On a clear night, the campground’s remote location offers ideal conditions for stargazing.

The campground is typically open between late May and mid-September; reservations are available through and are available on a six-month rolling basis.

Open Season

Elk Lake Campground is open late May-mid-Sept.

Dog Friendly and/or Leash Rules

Leashed dogs are permitted at Elk Lake Campground, but the swimming area around the campground is closed to dogs.

Best time to visit


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If possible, try to book sites 10 and 11—which sit furthest from the highway and offer partial lake views through the trees.

Fees or Pass Needed

Sites cost $21 per night.


The maximum length for RVs or trailers is 26 feet. Also note that potable water may not be available in May to prevent possible damage from freezing temperatures.




Dark Sky


One vehicle is permitted with each reservation; parking is limited at the campground’s boat launch.


From Bend, the 32-mile drive to the Elk Lake Campground takes about 50 minutes via SW Century Drive, which becomes the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway.

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