Oregon State Parks: La Pine State Park

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La Pine State Park

La Pine State Park, located 26 miles south of Bend, is one of Central Oregon’s scenic parks perfect for camping, fishing, and hiking.

  • Located only 26 miles south of Bend just west of Highway 97.
  • Home of “Big Red”, the largest Ponderosa pine in Oregon with a circumference of almost 29 feet.
  • Fly fish for trout in the sparkling waters of the Deschutes River.
  • Spend the night in one of several log cabins.

Overview

Just a few miles south of Bend off Highway 97 is La Pine State Park. Situated near the banks of the beautiful Deschutes River in the midst of lush subalpine forest, LaPine State Park is a great destination for nature lovers. Visitors can enjoy a variety of activities including camping, hiking, trout fishing, and picnicking.

Location & Information

La Pine State Park, Oregon, is located about 26 miles south of Bend. It is just west of Highway 97 via State Park Road.

Contact Information: Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, State Parks, 725 Summer Street NE, Suite C, Salem, OR 97301. Phone: 800-551-6949. Visit the website here.

Activities

  • Fishing – The nearby Deschutes River is a great fly-fishing spot. The waters have both brown trout and rainbow trout.
  • Camping – The campground at La Pine State Park has over 125 campsites – 80 of which are full hook-up sites. Amenities include flush toilets and hot showers. There are also 3 yurts and 10 cabins at the park.
  • Hiking – There are 10 miles of trails, which boast beautiful scenery and an abundance of wildlife.

Fun Facts

  • The largest Ponderosa pine in Oregon, known as “Big Red”, grows in the park. It is estimated to be over 500 years old and towers at 162 feet. The tree has an enormous circumference of nearly 29 feet, and a diameter of just over 9 feet. It has the distinction of being an Oregon Heritage Tree.
  • Afternoon thunderstorms are fairly common during the summer in this part of Oregon.