Crooked River, Oregon – BLM Camping and Fly Fishing

Crooked River Oregon

We arrived at the Crooked River after a 300 mile long trip through Northern California and Central Oregon. The Crooked River is one of Gianna’s favorite fishing spots and we were looking forward to spending three days there.
The journey north along Highway 97 took us through the town of Weed where we passing the 14,180′ tall Mount Shasta.  One more time Gianna listened to my story about how I climbed to the top of Mount Shasta many years ago.

Mount Shasta

Did I tell you that I climbed to the top of Mount Shasta?

Crooked River

After driving over 6 hours, we passed though the outskirts of Bend Oregon and down into the steep Crooked River Canyon.  From here we got our first sight of the Prineville Reservoir.

Prineville Reservoir

It was early August on a Friday afternoon and most of the nine BLM campgrounds were full. In the past we arrived mid-week and had the pick of almost any site.  As luck had it, we found a riverfront spot at Stillwater Campground which turned out to be one of the best sites.

Gianna and Brian Holle's RV at the Stillwater Campground Crooked River, Oregon

Our 200 sq. ft. tiny home was parked in site #9 which was a LONG distance from the next down river campsite.  The quiet couple on the upstream site next to us had setup a ‘ghost site’ in site #10 with a fake tent, stove, and chairs.  This gave them a buffer between their site and ours.  It was a very peaceful three days indeed.


Fly Fishing and Relaxing

As I unpacked and setup camp, Gianna immediately put on her fishing gear and hit the water.

Gianna Holle Fly Fishing the Crooked River Oregon

The three days were absolutely wonderful, just fishing and relaxing.

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Most of the days were filled with Gianna fishing a half mile down the river.

Gianna Holle Fly Fishing the Crooked River

I spent my days relaxing at the campsite and hiking around the area.

Brian Holle relaxing at the Crooked River

Gianna found a nice fishing spot right next to our campsite.

Gianna Holle fly fishing the Crooked River

The three days at the Crooked River were some of the best camping we had this entire year.  We packed up early Monday morning and drove out of the campground noticing that only one site was occupied.  We will stop in Prineville for breakfast at the Crossroads Diner, and the supermarket to stock up with food.  After that, we will grab a BLM campsite along the great Deschutes River, which is 100 miles away near the town Maupin.

What we learned

  • Don’t arrive at the Crooked River on a Friday or Saturday and expect to get a site next to the river.  It’s best to arrive Thursday morning so you can to beat the weekend crowds from Bend.
  • You can stay in these BLM campsites for up to 14 days at $8/day.
  • We didn’t have any Verizon cell phone reception here.
  • Gianna learned the importance of zipping up her vest pocket so she won’t lose her fly box and all of her flys next time.
  • The Crossroads Diner in Prineville has an excellent breakfast and great customer service.

GPS Coordinates

44.144394, -120.831080

Nights Stayed

July 29 – 31, 2016

1 Comment

  1. Pele

    AHHH . . for the good life!
    I’m glad you are enjoying life and your RV!
    Happy motoring!


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