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Soda Creek Campground | Cascade Lakes, Oregon

Soda Creek Campground is located near Soda Creek in Central Oregon, with fantastic views of Mount Bachelor and South Sister, the third tallest mountain in Oregon. It offers spots for RVs, trailers, and tent campers, but no electric hookups exist.

The Cascade Lakes National Scenic Byway in Central Oregon offers visitors a chance to see a great deal of beauty within only a few miles. Along this scenic route, travelers can take in the breathtaking sights of Sparks Lake, Devil's Lake, Lava Lake, Cultus Lake, and more with their mirror-like reflections of mountains.

You can also see Broken Top Mountain, South Sister, Mount Bachelor, North Sister, and Middle Sister. as you drive. Soda Creek Campground is one of a few fantastic places to stay in this area.

Soda Creek Campground

Soda Creek Campground: At a Glance

  • Location: Deschutes National Forest

  • # of Sites: 10

  • RVs or Tents: Both are welcome

  • Price: $20

  • Elevation: 5,413 ft

  • Pet Friendly: Yes!

  • Why Visit? Proximity to Cascade Lakes Scenic Highway

  • Electricity: No

  • Water: No

Broken Top from Soda Creek Campground
Broken Top as seen from Soda Creek Campground


Here are the amenities you can expect at Soda Creek Campground:

  • Picnic tables

  • Campfire rings

  • Grills

  • Vault toilets

Campground at Soda Creek
One of the campgrounds at Soda Creek Campground.

What To Do Near Soda Creek Campground

Near Soda Creek Campground, you can explore Cascade Lake Highway's many incredible bodies of water and the nearby mountains.

South Sister at Soda Creek Campground
The view of South Sister at Soda Creek Campground

Explore Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway

Drive along the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway, which starts just outside Bend. This scenic route winds through the Cascade Mountains and offers access to several beautiful lakes, including:

  • Sparks Lake: Known for its stunning mountain reflections, it is a popular spot for kayaking, canoeing, and photography. It's also just up the road from Soda Creek Campground.

  • Elk Lake: A picturesque lake surrounded by pine forests, Elk Lake is perfect for swimming, fishing, and paddleboarding.

  • Todd Lake: This serene alpine lake is ideal for hiking and picnicking. Enjoy the beautiful wildflowers during the summer months.

Elk Lake
The very beautiful Elk Lake is just up the road from Soda Creek Campground.

Explore Newberry National Volcanic Monument

Located south of Bend, this monument offers a unique volcanic landscape. Visit the Lava River Cave, hike to the top of Lava Butte for panoramic views, or explore the lakes within the monument, such as Paulina Lake and East Lake. You can go fishing, boating, or relaxing by the lakeshore.

Paulina Lake and Paulina Peak
Paulina Lake and Paulina Peak

Visit Mount Bachelor

If you're visiting during the winter, Mount Bachelor is a premier ski resort with excellent slopes for skiing and snowboarding. The mountain offers hiking and mountain biking trails, scenic chairlift rides, and even disc golf during the summer.

Mount Bachelor
A view of Mount Bachelor from near Soda Creek Campground.

Wander Around Bend

Spend some time exploring the vibrant city of Bend itself. Visit the breweries, restaurants, and shops in the historic downtown area. You can also enjoy outdoor activities like paddleboarding, kayaking, or floating along the Deschutes River.

Explore Smith Rock State Park

Located just north of Bend, Smith Rock State Park is a popular destination for rock climbing, hiking, and stunning canyon views. Take a hike along the trails or watch climbers tackle the towering cliffs.

Smith Rock
Smith Rock is a highly popular rock climbing destination in Terrebonne, Oregon.

Here are a few nearby campgrounds you might want to check out if Soda Creek Campground is full:

Lava Lake Campground, located near Bend, Oregon, offers a picturesque camping experience with various amenities. The campground provides both single RV and tent sites, as well as double campsites.

Lava Lake 1
The beautiful boat dock at Lava Lake.

Nearby, you can enjoy activities such as fishing, hiking, swimming, and boating. Lava Lake itself is a beautiful spot where you can appreciate the tranquil surroundings and engage in water activities like fishing and swimming.

Additionally, there are numerous hiking trails in the area, catering to different skill levels and offering opportunities to explore waterfalls, scenic viewpoints, and even summit hikes with panoramic vistas.

Hosmer Lake South Campground

Hosmer Lake South Campground is located approximately three miles away from Lava Lake Campground. It provides several basic amenities, including a boat ramp, campfire rings, picnic tables, vault toilets, and a few additional facilities.

Mallard Marsh Campground

Situated three miles from Lava Lake Campground, you'll find the stunning Mallard Marsh Campground. This campground is located alongside Hosmer Lake, offering a picturesque setting that attracts visitors interested in activities like fly fishing, paddling, and birding.

Lava Lake Resort

Also located along the shores of Lava Lake is Lava Lake Resort, an RV park that has a store, showers, flush toilets, a boat dock, and even pontoon boats for rent.

A view of Lava Lake
A view of Lava Lake

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