Originally Posted by Ell-Bell
Have any of you camped near Bend? We're looking at Tumalo State Park and Paulina Lake.
I just stumbled upon this thread, and even though its SOO late in the season.. I'll contribute!
Tumalo St. Park... there are some things I like about it (solar water heaters mean hot showers and hot water for dishes! yurts!) but the spots are RIGHT on top of each other. Tumalo also has reserved spots and they get booked. you have to reserve weeks/months in advance. Its a pretty large campground, but they have crammed WAY too many spots in there.
I've not camped at Paulina lake, but Paulina Peak is one of my favorite sight seeing places- I always take out of town guests up there because its so cool.
We just got back from Little Lava lake on the cascade lakes highway. its about 15 minutes past bachelor when coming from Bend. That is one of my very favorite camp grounds. If you ever end up there, see if you can get spot 12. That spot is very long and sort of juts out along the lake and is the most private of the sites. Big lava is ok, elk lake is ok, but for seclusion nobody beats little lava! no reservations there either. we go mid week generally because my husband works weekends and even with every spot filled it was so quiet and peaceful.
heres a picture of our camp site: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pi...&id=1437143280
Suttle lake (north of sisters and black butte ranch, closer to camp sherman) is great too. I think we camped at blue lagoon- blue cove.. something blue.. last year and it was great.