Trout Creek
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Trout Creek
Trout Creek is a popular campground on the Lower Deschutes river near Madras Oregon. Trout creek is run by the Bureau of Land Management. Several of the sites are directly on the river providing a pleasant views of the river along with much needed shade from the riparian vegetation. Other sites are located upland and feature little to no shade and privacy. Get there early to reserve the prime spots. Trout creek is a popular take out spot for boaters coming down from Warm Springs. Boaters also launch at Trout Creek heading down towards Maupin.
The lower Deschutes river is designated a Wild and Scenic River. From below Pelton Dam to the Columbia river if flows through a deep canyon providing only limited access points from the canyon rim. The high canyon walls provide welcome shade in the evenings in the otherwise dry and hot canyon. The riparian zone is dominated by white alter, willow, and cottonwood while the uplands are dominated by sagebrush, bunch grasses and the occasional western juniper.
The lower Deschutes river has two primary activities; fishing and whitewater rafting. Fly fishing is very popular and extremely productive. Fishermen come from all across the United States targeting a robust and healthy population of rainbow trout known as "redsides" as well as the renowned run of summer steelhead. The lower Deschutes has significant and predictable insect hatches that makes the river popular with fly anglers, of primary interest is the yearly salmonfly hatch that typically starts in mid May and extends through early June. Steelhead begin to arrive in July with the run peeking in September.
River rafting, kayaking and exceedingly popular on the lower Deschutes. A number of guide services are offered in Maupin. Boating passes are required on the Lower Deschutes. You might think that this would keep the number of boaters down, but you would be wrong. Popular launching sites such as Harpham Flats are zoos on hot summer days. The town of Maupin doubles or triples in size during the summer with the influx of visitors.
Camping on the lower Deschutes is more oriented towards activities than the overall camping experience. During the summer months sites are dominated by large groups of rafting or fishing parties. Campsites tend to be open, providing limited shade and privacy. The sites provide few amenities, usually only a picnic table, vault toilet and campfire ring. Campground fires are not allowed between June 1st and October 15th in most of the lower river. Overall the campground experience is not ideal, but the draw of the Deschutes river is the recreation opportunities. And these opportunities draw in enough campers in the summer to make it difficult to find a spot on the weekends.
From Madras, go north about 2.5 miles on US 97, then north onto on the road to Gateway and go about 8 miles. In Gateway, turn on first right after railroad tracks and continue north about 3 miles.

Camping Types: Group Camp, RV Camping, Tent Camping

Geography: High Desert, Waterfront (River)

Boat Ramp or Dock Camp Host Fire Pits
Garbage Service Pets Allowed Picnic Tables
Vault Toilets    

Boating (Non-motorized) Fishing (Fly) Fishing (Lure)
Hiking Kayaking Mounting Biking

Access: Drive in

Number of sites: 24

Max People: 25

Max RV Length: 32 feet

Elevation: 1300 feet

Availability: January 1 - December 31

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Website: Trout Creek

Address: NE Coleman Rd

City: Gateway

State: Oregon

Zip code: 97741

Country: United States

Phone: (541) 416-6700

GPS Lat: 44.814842

GPS Lon: -121.095429

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