Camping & Reservations

Cottonwood Canyon has many camping and day use options for small and large groups.

Camping is most popular from late March – Mid-June, where camping spots typically fill up on Thursday nights through the weekend.

Camping late June – Mid September is relatively quiet. Expect heavier crowds if temperatures dip below 80.

The last two weeks of September and the first week of October are generally busy with hunters, and the campground will fill up on weekends

During winter months, the campground normally has spaces available at all times.

Non-reservation Camping

The Lone Tree Campground offers 21 primitive campsites on a first-come first-served basis. Maximum site length is 71′. Water spigots are available throughout the campground with potable water (limited operational spigots in winter). Two vault toilets serve this area. RV’s are allowed, but will need to be completely self contained. $10/night

Our group camp at the Lone Tree Campground can accommodate up to 25 people and 7 vehicles (Max. one RV). This site is available on a first-come first-served basis. $71/night

Walk-in campsites are offered at the Lone Tree Campground and are typically the last sites to be filled. These sites have nearby parking and shared picnic tables and fire pits. $10/night

Back-Country Camping

Non-vehicle dispersed camping is permitted within the park boundaries a minimum 1-mile from developed areas. Visitors may park at our trail-head parking areas and hike in. Remember to let somebody know your planned route and return time, bring plenty of water, and always pack out all trash. Free

Reservation Camping


Photos Courtesy of Greg Shine

Reservations are available for our 4 rustic cabins. These cabins feature a bedroom and sitting room with 2 bunk beds, a full sized bed, a futon and eating area. Cabins are heated and air conditioned with a nearby flush restroom and shower house, they make the perfect foul weather getaway. $43/night without pet $53/night with pet.

Cabins are available to rent through our reservation line Monday-Friday 8am-5pm by calling 1-800-452-5687. Reservations are available 24/7 through Reserve America.

Reservable Facilities

All reservations for the following facilities can be made Tuesday-Friday 8am-1pm by calling Deschutes State Recreation Area at (541) 739-2322 ext.0

Experience Center:

The Experience Center, is built to teach. This picturesque building includes room to roam with 1300sq feet of indoor meeting space, large shaded patio, and lawn for activities. An indoor and outdoor sink with countertop provide a great space for serving and preparing meals.

The experience center is specifically tailored for school groups, summer camps, seminars, meetings, and other educational activities.

The experience center features:

  • 50 cubic inch commercial fridge
  • BBQ quick connects (BBQ rentals available by request)
  • 10 folding tables
  • 55 folding chairs
  • power
  • potable water
  • wifi (educational groups only)
  • indoor wood fireplace
  • outdoor propane fire pit
  • projector, display, and sound equipment (available by request for educational groups)

Note: Building is non-heated. Potable water may not be available during winter months. No amplified sound is permitted.

Available for $75/day +$8 reservation fee. BBQ rental add $10/day.

Group tent camping is available with rental of this facility for an additional $71/night.

School/educational groups may qualify for a waiver of fees. Call park for details.

Picnic Shelter

Those looking for a smaller space will feel right at home at our picnic shelter. Located in the Day Use Area this facility offers power, water (off in the winter), a sink with food preparation area, 2 charcoal BBQ stands and seating for 30. This area is available with or without reservations, though reservations can be made year round.

$50/day +$8 reservation fee.

Day Use Area

Our most popular wedding spot is now available for reservations. The Day Use Area is known for its country feel. The historic barn, adjoining windmill and warm summer days make for the perfect place to say “I do.”

$50/day +$8 reservation fee.