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Central Oregon

Cline Falls State Scenic Viewpoint
Crane Prairie Reservoir
Crescent Lake
Crooked River National Grassland
Deschutes National Forest
Deschutes River State Recreation Area
Fort Rock State Natural Area
Fremont National Forest
Haystack Reservoir
Heritage Landing
Jasper Point
John Day Fossil Beds National Monument
John Day Lock And Dam, Lake Umatilla
La Pine State Park
Newberry National Volcanic Monument
Ochoco National Forest
Ochoco Reservoir
Peter Skene Ogden State Scenic Viewpoint
Pilot Butte State Scenic Viewpoint
Prineville Reservoir
Prineville Reservoir State Park
Smith Rock State Park
The Cove Palisades State Park
The Dalles Lock And Dam, Lake Celilo
Tumalo State Park
White River Falls State Park
Wickiup Reservoir

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Description - Located on the east side of the Cascade Mountain Range, several rivers, forests and mountain slopes create a recreational playground in Central Oregon. Although Oregon is often associated with rain, the Cascades act as a buffer from Pacific storms and Central Oregon enjoys blue skies and sunshine nearly 300 days a year. Its high desert landscape offers almost constant views of snowcapped Cascade peaks.

Attractions - Geologic attractions include Smith Rock State Park and Newberry National Volcanic Monument. If you enjoy scenic views of deep river canyons or rock climbing, Smith Rock State Park is the place for you. There are several thousand climbs in the park. More than a thousand are bolted routes. Visitors come from all over the world to view Newberry Volcano's remarkable and easily accessible volcanic features, shaped by eruptions spanning the past half-million years.

Eleven other State Parks are found in Central Oregon. The Deschutes River State Recreation Area is a tree-shaded overnight oasis for campers. Heritage Landing is a popular jetboaters launch. It provides access to the Deschutes and Columbia Rivers. La Pine State Park offers a high-Cascade environment and a pine forest.

The Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests are located in this region. The Deschutes stretches from high peaks, through forests, to the high-desert. People are drawn to the Ochoco for it's majestic ponderosa pine stands, picturesque rimrock vantage points, deep canyons, unique geologic formations, abundant wildlife, and plentiful sunshine.

Recreation - Snowsports dominate the winter months on Mt. Bachelor, while fly-fishing, hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, horseback riding, rafting, kayaking, rock climbing viewing scenery and golf are popular activities for the rest of the year.

Climate - Climate in central and eastern Oregon varies greatly depending on elevation. The high elevations receive much more precipitation and colder temperatures. These regions are much more arid and see greater temperature extremes than western Oregon. Much of the precipitation comes from October to April, mostly in the form of snow in the higher elevations. Winter temperatures can drop well below zero degrees Fahrenheit. Snow remains in the high mountains into early summer. 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.

Location - This region occupies the north-central portion of the state, just east of the Cascades. The region includes the town of Bend. US Highways 90 and 20 are primary access routes through the region.

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Travel Oregon, 670 Hawthorne St, Suite 240 , Salem, OR, 97301, Phone: 800-547-7842, Fax: 503-986-0001

Additional Information:
Oregon Travel Regions - Oregon is broken into nine travel regions to facilitate your search for an outdoor recreation site. These regions include: the North Coast, the Central Coast, the South Coast, the Portland Metro Area, the Columbia River Gorge/Mt. Hood Area, the Willamette Valley, Southern Oregon, Central Oregon and Eastern Oregon.

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