We first came here in 2016 on our way to see my uncle in Bend. He suggested it to us and I can't believe I'd never heard of it. It's absolutely one of the most beautiful places in Oregon and a must-see as you're driving through!
We spent the day here with the kids! They rode scooters for a while and we took the paddleboard out on the river. It was super relaxing with several people enjoying the water on rafts. The whole town is very dog friendly, and our dog and cat enjoyed basking in the sunshine and getting pet by people.
We camped here overnight at a dispersed camping site the weekend before the 4th of July. There was only one other camper even remotely close to us. I had decent cell service and walking through the trees was very peaceful.
This was a great site overlooking the city. There were several dispersed sites with fire pits and picnic tables as well as a couple of pit toilets at the entrance. There were only a couple of other people camping here when I stayed. The road to get in is nice road base, but is steep-a 17% grade. I didn’t realize this, but my 2WD transit van made it up. I also had 2-3 bars LTE and was able to maintain pretty decent cell service. I will definitely stop here again if I’m traveling through Oregon. It’s mid-July and it’s incredibly HOT everywhere. It was in the high 60’s here compared to high 80’s everywhere else along my route.