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Macs Canyon Campground (Part of the Southern Deschutes Recreation Area)


Campground Description:  The Macs Canyon Campground is owned and operated by the Bureau of Land Management.  Macs Canyon Campground is one of 5 campgrounds located along an 11 mile length of the east bank of the Deschutes River.  The 5 campgrounds along this stretch of river are Twin Springs, Jones Canyon, Beavertail, Rattlesnake and Macs Canyon Campgrounds.  All 5 campgrounds are remote and very basic. Macs Canyon Campground offers spaces for tent camping and RV camping.  There are length restrictions of a maximum of 28 feet bumper to bumper.  The roads are primitive and narrow.  All campgrounds are open year round and all have use fees.  Reservations are not possible.  In the State of Oregon it is against the law to hold a camping spot for another (absent) party (if caught, significant penalties apply).  All sites are first come first served.  The nearest groceries and services are in Maupin. 

Number of Sites:  17 individual and 3 group

Electricity:  No

Water:  The nearest water is at Beavertail Campground

Sewer:  No

Waste Water Dump Station:  No

Directions:  From the city of The Dalles on Interstate Highway 84 (I-84) 87 miles east of downtown Portland, take exit 87 and turn south.  Follow Highway 197 for 38 miles to the town of Maupin.  Continue on Highway 197 out of town where the highway will cross the Deschutes River.  Once across the river bridge, turn left at the first opportunity and stay left to the BLM Access Road/Deschutes River Road.  Follow north to Highway 216.  Turn right onto Highway 216 and follow for 0.7 miles.  Turn left onto the access road to the Deschutes River Recreation Area and follow for 23 miles to the entrance to Macs Canyon Campground.

Fishing:  The primary reason to recreate along the Deschutes river is to fish for small mouth Bass, Steelhead and Salmon (only when in season).

Astronomy Opportunities:  Excellent due to the lack of light pollution.  The exact location for computerized telescopes is 45.33623 N x 120.94891 W

Nearby Golfing:  The nearest golfing is in the city of The Dalles, located 64 miles north on Highway 197

Contact Information: 

Bureau of Land Management
Prineville Office
3050 N.E. 3rd Street
Prineville, OR 97754
Email: BLM Prineville Offices
Web Site: BLM Prineville Area Offices

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The sign at the entrance to Macs Canyon Campground


Modern pit toilets are available at Macs Canyon Campground


The open grassy area is available for picnicking and family gatherings


A tent camping or RV camping site at Macs Canyon Campground


The boat launch at Macs Canyon Campground


One of the group camping sites at Macs Canyon Campground



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