- USFS District: Crescent
- Area: Crescent Lake
The Crescent Lake Area is located about mid way between Bend and Eugene a little over an hour from each city, but it is well worth the extra travel. In fact it is worth the trip from anywhere. This area lies within two geologic provinces. It is in the Western Cascades made up of mountains, deep canyons and cascading streams that have been forming for the last 25 million years. The other area, the High Cascades is made from much younger volcanoes, only ten thousand to a million years old. Much of this lava has yet to be broken down. Glaciers as much as 15,000 feet thick scraped and gauged out more than 800 lakes and potholes.
Camping is best in the early season while some snow is still on the ground or later after the heat of the summer has killed off the mosquito population. Because of the high altitude this area often has snow keeping the campgrounds closed from Mid-October through the end of June. Watch our webpage for updates on opening dates. Early July and June campers should be prepared for mosquitoes. However, by late July the bugs leave and the campers flock in.