Description - There is a vast system of trail within and outside of the wilderness areas offering diverse opportunities of recreation from isolated hiking in the wilderness to high speed thrills of the OHV areas. Camping and fishing are also popular it the forest with many possibilities for all.
- Some of the main attractions of the Bend-Fork Ranger District include: Cascade Lakes Area, Crane Prairie Area, Cultus Area, Dillon Area, East Bachelor Area, East Fort Rock Area, Lava Area, Newberry Crater Area, Paulina Creek Area, Pringle Area, South Bend Area, Upper Deschutes Area, the Wickiup Area.
Recreation - There are many hiking and horseback riding trails offering access to and into the wilderness areas within this district. Dispersed camping is available in the wildernesses. The non-wilderness area of the district has many hiking, horse riding and mountain bike trails, as well as, off-highway vehicle use areas. Camping and fishing are also popular activities in the forest. There are a good number of developed campsites, many of which are located near rivers and lakes providing access to good fishing opportunities.
Climate - With its huge elevation range, climate on the Deschutes changes drastically depending on elevation. The high elevations receive much more precipitation and colder temperatures. Much of the precipitation comes from October to April, mostly in the form of snow in the higher elevations. Winter temperatures can drop below zero degrees Fahrenheit. Late spring, summer and early autumn tend to bring clear, sunny days, with warm to hot temperatures at the low elevations and moderate temperatures at the higher elevations. Summer afternoon thunderstorms are not uncommon.
The forest area of the district is located west and south of the Town of Bend. It can be accessed via Highway 46 South, and Forest Roads 41 and 40.