Chimney Rock Campground: One Day on the Crooked River
This time it was my girlfriend and I who went. I spent a few hours looking at a number of different campgrounds in Ochoco National Forest and ended up going with the Chimney Rock Campground on the Crooked River. The area falls under the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), normally their campgrounds are less populated and provide less services.
After getting our last minute food items from Ray's Food Place in Prineville, we set out south on Highway 27. It was a beautiful day, about 65 degrees with the sun making it feel at least 10 degrees warmer. The highway was a beautiful drive along the Crooked River through mixed juniper and pine forest. Once you get about 10 miles south of Prineville there is a BLM kiosk. It had maps and general information about the area.
|Highway 27 From Atop Chimney Rock|
|Campsite Number 1|
After talking to some locals we found out that the campground is overrun by loud-mouthed drunks in the summer time, so keep this in mind if you head out on a summer weekend. Also the fishermen were pulling some pretty good sized redside trout out of the river. Though this time of the year we were the only people who stayed overnight. Another upside to staying off season, is that there were no fees to camp! This is from November 1- March 30. BLM Info
|The View South From Chimney Rock|