Located within Oregon’s Deschutes National Forest, Perry South Campground is one of the most popular choices in the area, where you may have to scramble to secure your spot during a weekend stay.
Amenities at this beautiful campground — where you’ll enjoy plentiful foliage, a lovely waterfront and scenic trails through the Pacific Northwest — abound. Situated at an elevation of 2,000 feet, the campground offers 64 camping sites, the majority being first come, first served (however, a select few are available via a reservation system). If you’re looking to get a first come, first served site, you’ll want to arrive early on Fridays for weekend stays, or on Tuesdays or Wednesdays for holiday weekend stays. Pets are allowed at all sites.
Basic amenities include flush toilets as well as pit toilets, drinking water, firewood, grills, paved roads, RV parking and trash collection.
Many visitors come to Perry South for the waterfront, which boasts plenty of water activities, including fishing. There is a boat launch and a fish cleaning station on the shore. Fishermen may expect trophy bull trout alongside bass, salmon, and whitefish. For those who’d rather stay dry, hiking and picnicking are popular, as the hiking trails are very picturesque.
As you would at any campground, just watch out for the wildlife while you’re out and about. The rugged surrounding hills are known for coyote and cougars. Meanwhile, the waterfront is currently experiencing a blue-green algae outbreak, which can cause potential illness.
If your pet has never been camping, you may want to take them to a different campground first, just so they’re not unduly alarmed by the crowds and activity. However, if they are used to public spaces and outings, this can be a great place for you and your dog to get out in nature and experience some amazing hiking and water activities.