It’s time to pull out the camping gear, air out the tents, pack up the s’mores ingredients and hit the road to do some camping in Oregon this year! There are countless family-friendly campgrounds in Oregon and these are favorites for both kids and parents.
Cape Lookout State Park
For a family-friendly campground on the Oregon Coast, give Cape Lookout State Park a try! It only takes about 90 minutes to get there from Portland, but you’ll feel as if you are worlds away from your life at home. The beach combing is excellent here, so if time on a sandy beach is at the top of your camping to-do list, you’ll love Cape Lookout. Plus it’s easy to get to the beach from the campsites. Cabins and yurts are also available, and reservations can be made online.
Location: 13000 Whiskey Creek Road, Tillamook, OR 97141
Lost Lake Resort & Campground
There’s something about camping at a place called Lost Lake that makes it seem so special — and at Lost Lake Resort and Campground, it’s easy to see why! These campsites are located in the shadow of Mt. Hood and have that secluded feel that can be hard to find these days, even in Oregon. We love Lost Lake for camping with kids because it is a bit out of the way and remote, so your family can focus 100 percent on spending time together. There isn’t even any cell coverage here, so leave your smart phone at home!
Location: Interstate 84 East to Hood River, Exit 62 and follow the signs to Lost Lake
Tumalo State Park
If you’re looking for some serious summer heat when you go camping, head into central Oregon towards Mt. Bachelor and stay at Tumalo State Park. Located near Bend, Tumalo is the perfect option for families who want to go camping but don’t want to spend all of their time at the campground. You can easily buzz into Bend for dinner out (when everyone is sick of hot dogs!) or to do an early morning latte run! The state park itself is a dream come true, with the best fishing, hiking, biking and even golf in the area.
Location: 64120 O B Riley Road, Bend, OR 97701
Easily one of the most popular places to camp with kids in Oregon, Timothy Lake is less than two hours from Portland, tucked right up next to gorgeous Mt. Hood. There are various campgrounds at Timothy Lake that range from plush to rustic, but no matter where you stay, your entire family is going to have fun. Be sure to make reservations in advance to ensure the best possible site you can get — and the closer to the lake itself, the better!
Location: About 50-miles southeast from Portland, OR, near Mt. Hood
With easy accessibility to Government Camp at Mt. Hood, Trillium Lake campground is another great place to set up camp with your kids. Reservations are recommended for this campground, which is extremely popular for active Oregon families who love to get out and get exploring on Mt. Hood. Plus, we especially love that the campsites are private at Trillium Lake, so you won’t feel like you’re right on top of your next door tent neighbors!
Location: From Government Camp, OR, go just over 1.5-miles on Route 26. Follow the signs to the campground.