The nicest campgrounds in the area are in the Newberry Volcano area. The creek-side McKay Crossing (541/383-4000, www.fs.fed.us/r6/centraloregon, $6, no drinking water) is about 3 miles east of U.S. 97 on the road up to Newberry Volcano.
La Pine State Park (541/536-2071 or 800/452-5687, www.oregonstateparks.org, year-round, $22 tents or RVs, $42 rustic cabin, $81 deluxe cabin) is a large campground south of Sunriver. Look for a sign on the west side of the highway marking the 3-mile-long entrance road located 8 miles north of La Pine off U.S. 97. The campground offers such amenities as flush toilets, firewood, showers, and a laundry.
This area also has one of the tallest ponderosa pines in Oregon (191 feet), close proximity to the Cascade Lakes Highway, and an array of volcanic phenomena.
by Judy Jewell and W. C. McRae from Moon Oregon, 8th Edition, © Elizabeth & Mark Morris and Avalon Travel