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4Runner_Mark 07-06-2013 10:17 AM

Looking for boondocking sites around Sisters, Oregon
 
My partner and I will be heading to Sisters, Oregon, for the big quilt show on July 13th. We are hoping to find a nice place to boondock with our 13' Scamp within 10 miles or so of Sisters. We'll be arriving on Thursday, so I'm sure all of the official campsites will already be taken. But that's okay, as we prefer to boondock anyway. Any specific suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Mark

FTTRV 07-06-2013 10:28 AM

Look for US Forest Camp grounds or BLM land.
Chuck

Francesca Knowles 07-06-2013 12:05 PM

Sisters is right in the middle of the Deschutes National Forest, which has a number of developed campgrounds but also allows for dispersed camping in most other parts.

It's been a long time since I camped around there, so wouldn't like to give any suggestions that may prove no longer current. I suggest you take a look at the Forest Service's vehicle use maps for the area around Sisters. Dispersed camping is allowed along most open roads. link to page

As always, though:
A stop at the Ranger station before heading up into the woods is a good idea- conditions/restrictions can change from day to day.

Have fun!

Francesca

Byron Kinnaman 07-06-2013 01:03 PM

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Originally Posted by 4Runner_Mark (Post 401013)
My partner and I will be heading to Sisters, Oregon, for the big quilt show on July 13th. We are hoping to find a nice place to boondock with our 13' Scamp within 10 miles or so of Sisters. We'll be arriving on Thursday, so I'm sure all of the official campsites will already be taken. But that's okay, as we prefer to boondock anyway. Any specific suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Mark

Drive out hwy 242 from Sisters. There's a lots of places that one can boondock off the road. There one FS campground "Cold Springs" that's first come first serve. Just past that there's a road to the right with at least one nice spot to camp.

Nancy 07-06-2013 01:39 PM

Sisters has changed quite a bit since our first visit a few years ago to the one we made in 2012. Still enjoyed it a lot, but it sure has spread.

Nancy

Brian Van Snell 07-06-2013 08:00 PM

Mark:

We have been to the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show many times, and have stayed at Suttle Lake South, just north of Sisters, and Tumalo State Park, just south of Sisters. We are going to the quilt show next week and will be staying at Tumalo in site #65 Wednesday to Sunday if you want to visit us.

You could try this link for Suttle Lake:
Campground Details - SOUTH SHORE, OR - ReserveAmerica - [NRSO]

None of the sites in Suttle Lake have hookups, but the lake is nice, and it is close to Sisters.

Brian

Byron Kinnaman 07-06-2013 08:11 PM

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Originally Posted by Brian Van Snell (Post 401175)
Mark:

We have been to the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show many times, and have stayed at Suttle Lake South, just north of Sisters, and Tumalo State Park, just south of Sisters. We are going to the quilt show next week and will be staying at Tumalo in site #65 Wednesday to Sunday if you want to visit us.

You could try this link for Suttle Lake:
Campground Details - SOUTH SHORE, OR - ReserveAmerica - [NRSO]

None of the sites in Suttle Lake have hookups, but the lake is nice, and it is close to Sisters.

Brian

Suttle Lake is a not real close to Sisters. There's several other places that are closer. Tumalo State Park is one, if you like Oregon State Parks, I don't. The Metolius River area has several FS campgrounds and is closer to Sisters than Suttle Lake.

If it was me I'd call Sisters Parks and find out about the Sisters City Park which has camping. Then check Cold Springs since it's the closest. There's several dispersed sites in the Cold Springs area, one walking distance to the springs. (The one Cold Springs is named after. Tumolo SP is probably your most expensive option.

I just about forgot about another one. This one I haven't stayed at along with the city park. The others I've camped at. Indian Ford a few miles north on highway 20. The Forest Service lists this one as 5.6 miles from Sisters and indicates that there's almost always a vacant spot. Here's the FS listing.

Brian Van Snell 07-06-2013 08:50 PM

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Originally Posted by Byron Kinnaman (Post 401178)
Suttle Lake is a not real close to Sisters.

Suttle Lake is 14 miles from Sisters. Tumalo State Park is 16.5 miles from Sisters.

Brian

Byron Kinnaman 07-06-2013 08:52 PM

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Originally Posted by Brian Van Snell (Post 401190)
Suttle Lake is 14 miles from Sisters.

Brian


That's over twice as far as the places I've suggested.

Brian Van Snell 07-06-2013 08:56 PM

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Originally Posted by Byron Kinnaman (Post 401192)
That's over twice as far as the places I've suggested.

Byron:

In our experience the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show is a major event with camping spots really quite scarce. We made our booking many months ago and even then there were few spots available. I hope that you are right that there are spots available closer to Sisters!

Brian

Francesca Knowles 07-06-2013 09:04 PM

Wow-

That quilt show is starting to sound like a must-see major event.

I had no idea...hoping for trip reports!

Francesca

Byron Kinnaman 07-06-2013 09:19 PM

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Originally Posted by Brian Van Snell (Post 401194)
Byron:

In our experience the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show is a major event with camping spots really quite scarce. We made our booking many months ago and even then there were few spots available. I hope that you are right that there are spots available closer to Sisters!

Brian


Yup, Along with several other events. The problem is you're relying on reservations along with the hordes. I'm relying on first come first serve places I've been to many time over the past 30 plus years. I can't think of a time when I couldn't find a place in Forest Service first come first serve campgrounds. Although I suppose it's possible. In that case I'd head out along 242 and side road or two and find a dispersed camping spot.

Brian Van Snell 07-06-2013 10:01 PM

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Originally Posted by Francesca Knowles (Post 401200)
Wow-

That quilt show is starting to sound like a must-see major event.

I had no idea...hoping for trip reports!

Francesca

Francesca:

Yes, it is. See Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show

Here are some photos from the 2010 Quilt Show: https://www.flickr.com/photos/brian_v...57624561522680



Brian

4Runner_Mark 07-07-2013 10:45 PM

Thanks for the information. I went ahead and made a reservation at Suttle Lake for Thursday, which was the only day available. Since we probably won't make it down there until early evening on Thursday, that will give us a guaranteed spot that night and then we'll try to find a free boondocking site for the rest of the visit.

Mark


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