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Southeast Oregon Campgrounds
Southeast Oregon Campgrounds
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Other than a few small areas, Southeastern Oregon looks like it should have been imported from the American Southwest. There isn't a lot of water or trees but there is an abundance of desert. Geologically, it is one of the most interesting areas of Oregon.
Southeast Oregon has been ranching territory for more than a hundred years, but the myriad of rivers, lakes and reservoirs that populate its arid countryside makes it one of the most popular outdoor recreation areas in the state. Many rivers, such as the Snake, which forms the border between Idaho and Oregon from Ontario North to the Northeastern most corner of Oregon, provide what little water there is that is available in this area. The Snake and Owyhee Rivers are famous for their class III, and IV river rafting opportunities. Dozens of reservoirs dot the desert area. These reservoirs irrigate Oregonís driest region while also providing numerous locations for fishing for Largemouth Bass, Crappie and Brown Trout.
Southeastern Oregon is open for outdoor recreation year round. With a population density of well less than one person per square mile, you won't be rubbing elbows with the next fisherperson or camper. By contrast, Portland, Oregon, has a population density of 3939.2 people per square mile! Unfortunately, this also means that there are few tent camping or RV camping facilities.
Outdoor recreation possibilities include water skiing, boating, fishing, hunting, RV camping, tent camping, wildlife viewing, backpacking and simply relaxing. Fisherpersons come from as far as Portland, Boise and Reno to fish the Owyhee river for 17" to 30" Brown Trout.
Astronomy camping is a delight in Southeast Oregon. With few large cities causing light pollution and very clear skies, astronomy campers may see celestial sights unavailable to telescope in other parts of Oregon.
Southeastern Oregon beckons the traveler to stay awhile and enjoy the outdoors by exploring areas where no man may have ever set foot before.
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