Little Crater Campground, Oregon

Above photo: An evening view across Paulina Lake from our campsite.

Little Crader Postcard A couple of friends invited us to share their campsite for one night at Little Crater. We took them up on the offer as this is one of the more popular campgrounds in Oregon.

Little Crater Campground - Forest Service Campground within Newberry National Volcanic Monument, near La Pine. OR: Site #50 (49 RV sites total) - This site has: water nearby. Campground Notes: vault toilets • lake access • trails from campground • 6,350’ elevation. Sept 27th.

• Nice sites, most with lake views.
• Some non-reservable sites.
• Dump station nearby.
• Generally quite busy.

Overall Experience: Smile

Within the stunning Newberry National Volcanic Monument in central Oregon lies the picturesque Little Crater Campground. Situated on the edge of the serene Paulina Lake, this campground offers visitors a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the region's captivating volcanic landscape.

Exploring the Volcanic Wonder The Newberry National Volcanic Monument is a geological wonder, formed by the eruption of the Newberry Volcano over 75,000 years ago. Little Crater Campground is conveniently located within this protected area, allowing campers to explore the diverse array of volcanic features that dot the landscape.

Campground Designed for Comfort

The campground itself is well-equipped to accommodate a variety of camping preferences:

  • With 49 campsites, the majority of which are located directly on or within a short walk to the lake, Little Crater Campground caters to both tent and RV campers.
  • The sites are generously sized, providing ample space for setting up camp and enjoying the stunning natural surroundings.

Proximity to Paulina Lake

One of the primary draws of Little Crater Campground is its proximity to Paulina Lake, a stunning body of water nestled within the caldera of the Newberry Volcano. Visitors can enjoy a variety of water-based activities, such as swimming, fishing, and boating, all within a stone's throw of their campsite. The lake's crystal-clear waters and picturesque setting make it a popular destination for both campers and day-use visitors.

Abundant Recreational Opportunities

Beyond the lake, the Newberry National Volcanic Monument offers a wealth of recreational opportunities for visitors:

  • Hiking enthusiasts can embark on a 0.8-mile trail that leads from the Little Crater Campground to the stunning Big Obsidian Flow, a massive expanse of black volcanic glass that showcases the region's volcanic history.
  • For those seeking a more comprehensive exploration of the monument, the Newberry Crater Rim Drive offers breathtaking views of the caldera and the surrounding volcanic features. This scenic drive, which can be accessed from the campground, provides visitors with a unique perspective on the area's geological wonders.

Amenities for Convenience

In addition to the natural attractions, Little Crater Campground also offers a range of amenities to enhance the camping experience:

  • The campground features flush toilets, drinking water, and a boat ramp, making it a comfortable and convenient base for outdoor enthusiasts.
  • Campers can also take advantage of the nearby Paulina Lake Lodge, which offers additional dining and recreational options.

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