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Old 05-07-2010, 06:24 PM   #1
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We enjoyed the weekend NOG at Silver Falls State Park. After the gathering we proceeded to Cove Palisades State Campground by the Billy Chinook Reservoir. We spent several days there relaxing and hiking the Tam A Lau trail on the Peninsula between the Crooked and Deschutes River. A very beautiful hike with all the spring flowers blooming.

We then drove to John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. We hiked all three segments of the unit; the Clarno Unit, the 'Island in Time' trail in the Blue Basin Area at the Sheep Rock Unit and most of the trails in the Painted Hills unit.

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We found three campgrounds between the Clarno Unit and the Sheep Rock Unit. The nicest campground was at the Shelton Wayside with electric and water for $10/night. We filled up with water at Shelton Wayside and camped at the BLM Muleshoe Rec Site on the John Day River for $2.50/night (over 62). A beautiful site, but no electric or water. This site is probably very crowded in the summer. It looks like it is used by rafters. During the summer period we would opt for the Shelton Wayside Campground. There is one other campground just above Shelton Wayside, Bear Hollow County Park. This park is also 10/night.

After leaving the Painted Desert we camped outside of Prineville at Ochoco Lake County Park. Cost $16/night with no hook-ups. A nice shaded park with views of the lake. The park is a bit noisy from passing traffic, but it was nice having a place to stay after hiking all day.

The next day we drove onto La Pine State Park. One of our favorite places to camp and hike. We caught the last two days of reduced rates for the off peak season. Summer rates are $22/night with full hook ups. Hiking in this area by the Deschutes and Fall Rivers is very peacefull and relaxing. The pine trees are beautiful.
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Old 05-08-2010, 09:55 AM   #2
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Very good camping report, I assume these are located in Oregon. Are they mid-state, eastern side or coastal. Very neat pics; nice camping area neat vistas.

Wow! you guys did some sight seeing in a short time. Thanks again for sharing! I'd love to see that part of the country. Maybe someday. Was the first photo taken at the BLM Muleshoe Rec Site on the John Day River?
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We are headed that way soon, thanks for the info.
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Old 05-08-2010, 04:06 PM   #4
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You found sites for everywhere we stayed, except for the fancy cabin. The sites we stayed at were located in the Willamette Valley, Central Oregon, Eastern Oregon and back to Central Oregon for La Pine State Park. La Pine State Park has nice cabins. They are almost always pre-booked. We stay in our Casita. So no problem. If anyone is headed out that way, the north loop is the nicest loop for us little guys during peak seeason. It only has electric and water, but in your Casita or Scamp that is all you need. The sites in the north loop are larger and guieter.
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