BEND, OR -- the US Forest Service is opening local campsites early, this year, to take advantage of warmer-than-normal temperatures. During Spring Break, about a dozen campgrounds in the Bend-Fort Rock, Crescent, and Sisters Ranger districts will be open with limited availability.
Jean Nelson Dean, with the Deschutes National Forest, says it won't be quite like camping in the summer, "We're not going to be providing trash service, and no water, so people need to come being able to carry their trash out with them, and there will be bathrooms open, though." She tells KBND News, "We just want people to be prepared. It's not going to be ideal conditions, but we're hoping that people can come enjoy their national forests because we have this unseasonably warm weather and a lack of snow, compared to normal."
To encourage visitors, USFS is adding a little incentive, "Because we're not providing the trash services and water, we're reducing the campground fee during that time," Nelson Dean says, "So it may be discounted up to 50% off."
The following sites will be open March 23-31; click HERE for details:
Bend-Fort Rock Ranger District: North Twin, South Twin, Big River and Fall River
Crescent Ranger District: Crescent Creek, East Davis Lake, Sunset Cove and Princess Creek (Day-Use boat launch only)
Sisters Ranger District: Camp Sherman, Smiling River, Pine Rest, Gorge, Allen Springs, Lower Bridge, Link Creek (with 3 yurts available through online registration)