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Three Creek Meadow Campground and Horse Camp
Three Creek Meadow Campground and Horse Camp

Three Creek Meadow Campground and Horse Camp

Effective July 12, 2021, all open fires, including charcoal fires, will be prohibited on all lands administered by the Deschutes National Forest. There are no exceptions for developed or hosted campgrounds. Further information is found on the USDA Forest Service website. 

  • Three Creeks Meadow Horse Camp is one of four facilities located near Three Creeks Lake and the designated horse camp for the Three Creeks area. Located on the edge of a large meadow it provides campers with beautiful views of the nearby water and surrounding nature.

    Neighboring Driftwood Campground is at the head of the Tam McArthur Trail which is a short, reasonably easy hike that provides great views of the Sisters - Faith (North), Hope (Middle) and Charity (South). The Three Sisters are volcanic peaks and are the third-, fourth- and fifth-highest peaks in Oregon. Three Creeks Lake is easy to fish from shore or by wading, but boat fishing is the most popular method. Only non-motorized boating is allowed.

    Named for the adjacent Three Creeks Lake, this campground is just a short drive from the water with wonderful views of lake and surrounding area. Located in a glacial cirque below Tam McArthur Rim, the lake is 28-acre alpine gem with an elevation of 6,550 ft. surrounded by old growth forest. The outlet stream from the lake flows northward and is joined by two other streams to form Three Creek. The shoreline of Three Creek Lake varies from gentle slope to rocky cliff. Maximum depth is 28 feet down the center and near the cliff on the south end of the lake.

    Features

    • Bird Watching Bird Watching
    • Fishing Fishing
    • Grills Grills
    • Hiking/Trekking Hiking/Trekking
    • Horseback Riding Horseback Riding
    • Wildlife Watching Wildlife Watching

    Facilities

    Campground (20 total sites)

    Three Creeks Meadow Horse Camp can accommodate RV, trailer or tent-campers however water and electric hookups are not available. This is a no water facility so campers will need to bring their own supply however livestock water is available for horses. All sites have four corrals and are equipped with a picnic table and campfire ring with grill and the campground has vault toilets available. This campground shares the area with the Three Creeks Meadow Campground. Sites 001 - 011 are for regular camping and the sites 012 - 020 are for horse camping only.

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    • This facility is for horse campers only - to ensure everyone's safety horses are only allowed in horse camps and are not permitted in our regular campgrounds. Therefore, horse campers are limited in their choices so we must enforce that campers in sites 012 - 020 must have at least one horse.

    • This is a no water facility so campers will need to bring their own supply.

    • Fire restrictions may be imposed at any time due to hot, dry weather conditions, at which time campfires and charcoal fires may not be allowed. For current fire conditions or weather closures contact the 24-hour Fire Precaution information 800-523-4737 or the Deschutes National Forest 541-383-5300.

    • Please Note: Check out time now 12:00 PM, check in time 2:00 PM.

    • Single site fees include 1 vehicle and 1 legally towed vehicle. Any additional vehicles are subject to an extra vehicle fee on-site, space permitting.

    • This facility is pet friendly so long as animals are picked up after and kept on their leashes.

    • Prevent the spread of invasive species by inspecting and cleaning packs, equipment and tires before using lake or trails.

    • Click here for more information about Deschutes National ForestDon't Move Firewood: Please protect Pacific Northwest forests by preventing the spread of invasive species. Firewood can carry insects and diseases that can threaten the health of our western forests. You can make a difference by obtaining and burning your firewood near your camping destination. Visit Dontmovefirewood.org for further information.

    • Camping for a period in excess of 14 days consecutively in any one campsite is not allowed. Prior to returning to the campground after an initial 14 day stay, any person that was a part of the group must move to a new location at least 5 air miles from the previous location for at least 30 days.