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Deschutes National Forest

Nestled along the Cascade Mountains, the Deschutes National Forest is one of the most popular recreation forests in the Pacific Northwest. Truly a four season vacationland, the Forest attracts more than 8 million people every year to camp, fish, hike, hunt, ski, and enjoy a multitude of outdoor activities.

Since their creation as parts of the Cascade Forest Reserve in1893 and Blue Mountains Forest Reserve 1906, the Deschutes and nearby Ochoco National Forests have played an important role in Central Oregon's economic and social history. They were major suppliers of timber during the decades when mills formed the core of Central Oregon's economy and today are a destination for the millions of people who visit Central Oregon each year.

Recreation is an important part of the Deschutes National Forest, and the reason why most visitors come here. Even if you come to boat, hike, ski or climb, chances are pretty good that you'll be camping as well. There are more than 125 developed and listed campgrounds on the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests, ranging from small primitive campgrounds with a few campsites to large well developed campgrounds with more than a 100 campsites. And there are many more in the backcountry for those looking for a wilder adventure.

Photo by Ken Homan

Fishing is another popular activity in central Oregon. There are numerous lakes and rivers full of trout and numerous other species. Learn more at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Web site.


Deschutes National Forest

(541) 383-5300

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Learn about OHV use in central Oregon by visiiting the Forest Service's OHV page.


Visit the U.S. Forest Service Map Directory to see what maps are available for this Forest and others you may want to visit.