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Old 06-07-2015, 12:13 AM   #11
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We were up a Pauline lake by Sun River 2 weeks ago, and seen some great dry camping right on the lake. Hand pump water only and pit toilets. That was at Little Crater Campgrounds. Now I wish I had a smaller trailer so we could go there.

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Old 06-10-2015, 01:03 AM   #12
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Crater lake is a good option as well. My personal favorites are LaPine and Prineville.

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Old 06-16-2015, 11:09 PM   #13
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The Newberry Crater area of central Oregon is always beautiful. The Cascade Lakes highway east of Bend has lots of campgrounds, and there is also free camping on several of the lakes. You can find those with google earth and a willingness to travel down dirt roads. Hells Canyon on the Oregon Idaho border is really pretty, but ice only driven through and not camped.
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Old 06-17-2015, 02:33 PM   #14
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Having lived in Bend, Oregon which is sometimes referred to as Central Oregon, there are never ending beautiful off the grid things to do. In Bend itself there are not many campsites. But head into the Cascades on the Cascades Lakes Highway and you will find the most popular camping in all of Oregon. There is a loop drive that goes past Mt. Bachelor, the sixth largest ski are in America, and then right into the Cascade Lakes region where there are too many lakes and rivers to mention. I can suggest a few but they are all interesting and have various campgrounds at them. To truly get off the grid, you would need to know the area well and have good maps. The previously suggested towns of La Pine, Prineville and Redmond are all losers in every aspect unless you like dead places for the most part IMHO. Sorry if I offend anyone. I am sure I did.
Bend itself is a great town with most everything you can want. In the summer there are a lot of outside music venues, festivals, etc. Very active place. But just one hour west, in the mountains, its all peace and quiet if you choose the right spot.
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