We are so looking forward to this camping trip at what has been said to be one of the most beautiful horse camps in Central Oregon. Many trails and several lakes. Campers must make their own reservations at www.recreation.gov.
Whitefish is a wonderful horse camp located near the shore of Crescent Lake, a popular boating and fishing spot off Hwy. 58 south of Eugene and Bend. The camp has 17 sites, all with 2- or 4-horse corrals and potable water spigots next to each campsite.
Some of the trails are suitable for green horses and inexperienced riders, and none of the trails are very challenging (though some of the loop rides are long). You’ll find that while many of the trails ascend into the Diamond Peak Wilderness, their elevation gain is fairly gradual. You won’t experience any steep drop-offs, shale, or challenging water crossings.
The campground has 17 large equestrian sites, each equipped with double or quadruple metal corrals. Sites 008, 013 and 018 have four horse stalls, while all the others have two horse stalls. Picnic tables, campfire rings/grills, and ample room for parking vehicles and trailers are available at each site. Drinking water is also available, as is access to vault toilets.
A favorite among horse enthusiasts, the campground provides visitors with access to a variety of trails. Lakes, lava flows, and forested areas provide the backdrop for many of these rides. Whitefish Creel Trail is popular with both hikers and horseback riders. This trail can be accessed from the west end of Crescent Lake and follows Whitefish Creek up through lodgepole pines to a beautiful view of Diamond Peak at Diamond View Lake. From there, the trail descends along Trapper Creek through Engelmann spruce and white fir to the west end of Odell Lake. Equestrians may want to traverse at least a portion of the spectacular Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), one of America’s premier National Scenic Trails.