9 Stunning Oregon State Parks Where You Can Camp All Year-Round
One of the best things about living in the Beaver State is that we can enjoy amazing outdoor recreation all year round. This certainly applies to camping, too, as many of the state parks in Oregon are open to visit — and camp — even in the coldest months of the year! Here are state parks to visit in Oregon for year-round fun… even when the weather outside is frightful!
Make sure to click on the links for each campground to get specific information about winter camping. Many campgrounds are open, but don’t provide running water during cold months, so plan ahead!
What’s your favorite spot for winter camping? The nine state parks in Oregon listed in this article are just a few of the parks open year-round to visit and camp. Check out the Oregon State Park’s website to find even more!
State Parks to Visit in Oregon
What are some campsites in Oregon that don’t require reservations?
Sometimes, you just want to escape into the Oregon wilds at the last moment. For those times, it’s crucial to find campsites where reservations are not required! Happily, Oregon is home to many no-reservation campgrounds, and we share some of our favorites in this article. Some of our favorites? Unity Lake State Recreation Site is an oasis of green in Oregon’s high desert that offers wonderful water recreation to boot. The small campground is the perfect jumping-off point for visiting nearby historical sites and wilderness areas. The park offers no-reservation, seasonal camping from April 1-Oct. 31, complete with hot showers and electrical hookups. Another of our favorite campsites that’s open for camping year-round is Cottonwood Canyon State Park, an 8,000-acre expanse of breathtaking Oregon wilderness. Its most notable feature is the John Day River, a rushing and resplendent force that commands attention. The Lone Tree Campground sits near the iconic river and features 21 primitive campsites for tents or self-contained RVs, all of which are first-come, first-served.
Why is Oregon known for outdoor recreation?
There’s an embarrassment of riches when it comes to outdoor recreation here in Oregon. Between our incredible wonders, diverse geography, mild weather, and immense natural splendor, Oregon is the poster child for Mother Nature. As a result, the outdoor recreation in Oregon is world famous. Folks come from all across the country — and world — to experience Oregon’s Great Outdoors. The reasons for this are numerous. For starters, Oregon is home to some of the most extraordinary natural wonders in the world, from the mighty Multnomah Falls (in the equally majestic Columbia River Gorge) to Crater Lake, the country’s deepest, cleanest, and bluest body of water. We can’t sing Oregon’s praises enough, and hope you love the beautiful Beaver State just as much as we do!
What are the coolest state parks to camp at in Oregon?
Camping is a popular pastime for Oregonians. Our diverse scenery and abundance of state and national parks make for extraordinary camping. But there’s one campsite along the Oregon Coast that offers perhaps the most unique camping experience in the state. At Fort Stevens State Park in Oregon, adventure-seekers can set up camp near an abandoned ghost ship on the beach. A truly only-in-Oregon experience, take your camping game to the next level at this hauntingly beautiful state park!