SIMAX GROUP CAMP, OR

Simax Group Campground is located on the northeast end of Crescent Lake in Deschutes National Forest, offering visitors some of the most beautiful scenery in central Oregon and easy access to an abundance of recreational activities. Designed as a fully accessible campground, ...
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  • A covered meeting pavilion can be reserved along with sites
  • If not reserved, the day use area is available on a first-come, first-served basis for $50 by contacting the host
  • Roads and parking spurs are paved
  • No parking for RV in front of Site A, but there is extra parking close by
  • Cell phone coverage available
  • A nearby full-service, year-round resort offers lodging, a restaurant, and equipment rental
  • Click here for more information about Deschutes National Forest


Due to the spread of invasive insects, firewood from outside the area is not permitted. Help protect our forests by purchasing or collecting firewood at or near your camping destination and burning it on-site. Click here for more information.
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AREA SIMAX GROUP CAMP GROUP STANDARD NONELECTRIC 40 Accessible 25 Back-In
Electric Hookup - no Full Hookup - no
Pets Allowed Near Water - no
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AREA SIMAX GROUP CAMP GROUP STANDARD ELECTRIC 20 25 Back-In
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AREA SIMAX GROUP CAMP GROUP PICNIC AREA 50 Accessible 25
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Overview

Overview

Simax Group Campground is located on the northeast end of Crescent Lake in Deschutes National Forest, offering visitors some of the most beautiful scenery in central Oregon and easy access to an abundance of recreational activities.

Designed as a fully accessible campground, the four group sites and large picnic pavilion provide all visitors with ample opportunities to explore the area's diverse lush forest and spectacular surroundings.

Natural Features:

Crescent Lake, nestled in a naturally glaciated basin behind a moraine dam, lies east of the towering Cascade Mountain Range. Its brilliant blue-green water, sandy beaches and water temperature are exceptional for a high-elevation lake.

Towering lodgepole pine trees provide the backdrop for this area, with mountain hemlock, fir, and spruce also in the mix.

Volcanic activity throughout the surrounding area of Deschutes National Forest is evident in its landscape, showcasing cinder cones, calderas and lava flows.

Recreation:

At Simax Group Campground, water skiing, sailing, windsurfing, sunning, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, off-roading and fishing are popular with visitors.

Hiking on one or more of the trails in the area offers a wide variety of scenic terrain, ranging from lakeside trails to routes weaving through towering pine, fir, and spruce trees, typical for the area.

For anglers, Crescent Lake provides the perfect setting to fish from boat or the shoreline. Fish species found in the lake include kokanee salmon, mackinaw, rainbow trout, brown trout and mountain whitefish. Summer months offer the best fishing.

Facilities:

Four separate group sites offer visitors opportunities for both lakeside and forest camping.

Picnic areas, sandy beaches and stunning views of the lake, along with the conveniences of drinking water and flush toilets, give visitors the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors while still having many of the conveniences of home.

The roads and spurs throughout the campground are paved.

This site was designed to be fully accessible for those with disabilities and is the first of its kind in the Northwest. A trail system designed for accessibility links the group site to the day-use areas and beaches.

Nearby Attractions:

The trailhead to Fawn Lake starts at the northeast end Crescent Lake and is open to hikers and horseback riding. The trail, 4.7 miles one-way, begins in a forest of white fir, Douglas fir and mountain hemlock before making a transition into lodgepole pine, ending at the Crater Butte Trail near Fawn Lake. There are views of Redtop and Lakeview Mountains at Fawn Lake.

Lava Lands Visitor Center in Bend, Oregon, offers visitors the opportunity to learn about the diverse landscape and history of the area through interpretive programs and exhibits.

Visitors will also enjoy traveling the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway, known as Oregon's Highway in the Sky, which climbs into the clouds on a 66-mile drive through the Cascade Mountain range, weaving through snow-capped peaks and alpine lakes.

A nearby resort on Crescent Lake offers lodging and a general store. Supplies and equipment rentals are available to visitors.

Booking Window

GROUP PICNIC AREA

Sun Apr 27 2014 - Thu Apr 23 2015

Reservations must be made 4 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

GROUP STANDARD ELECTRIC

Sun Apr 27 2014 - Thu Apr 23 2015

Reservations must be made 4 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

GROUP STANDARD NONELECTRIC

Sun Apr 27 2014 - Thu Apr 23 2015

Reservations must be made 4 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

Season Dates

Season Schedule

Park Season Start End
Walk In Thu May 15 2014 Wed May 21 2014
Peak Thu May 22 2014 Sun Sep 28 2014
Walk In Mon Sep 29 2014 Sun Oct 05 2014
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Accessible Picnic Shelters
  • Accessible Sites
  • Accessible Trails
  • Biking
  • Drinking Water
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Hiking
  • Host
  • Paved Roads
  • Picnic Area
  • Showers
  • Water Access
Within 10 Miles
  • Fuel Available
  • General Store
Fees and Cancellation Policies

Fees and Cancellation

Fee Information
Payment in full will be charged to your credit card upon completion of the reservation. A $9.00 non-refundable on line reservation fee may be charged for some facilities.

Payment Methods Accepted On-line:
Visa Mastercard Amex Discover UnionPay JCB

Changes and Cancellations
A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Late cancellations are subject to additional fees. For full details see NRRS Reservation Policy


Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
Walk In Season
May 15 2014 -
May 21 2014
GROUP STANDARD NONELECTRIC $80.00-$120.00
GROUP STANDARD ELECTRIC $65.00-$75.00
GROUP PICNIC AREA $50.00
Peak Season
May 22 2014 -
Sep 28 2014
GROUP STANDARD NONELECTRIC $80.00-$120.00
GROUP STANDARD ELECTRIC $65.00-$75.00
GROUP PICNIC AREA $50.00
Walk In Season
Sep 29 2014 -
Oct 05 2014
GROUP STANDARD NONELECTRIC $80.00-$120.00
GROUP STANDARD ELECTRIC $65.00-$75.00
GROUP PICNIC AREA $50.00

*Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
**Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
Getting There
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
43.49444, -121.96194
43°29'40"N, 121°57'43"W

From Highway 58, turn south at Crescent Lake Junction on Forest Service Road 60. Travel 2.2 miles to the junction with Forest Service Road 6005. Continue a mile south, following signs.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

SIMAX GROUP CAMP
P.O. Box 8516
Coburg OR 97408

Phone Number:

Information: (541)338-7869