Enjoy a hot shower at Deschutes River State Recreation Area (2010)
Campground is now among the elite in Oregon State Parks
For the first time since the Deschutes River State Recreation Area campground opened more than 47 years ago, visitors can now take hot showers.
The park’s new, ADA-compliant shower and restroom building is the latest in a long line of camping improvements funded by Lottery dollars. When the park opened in 1963, campers found primitive campsites and a pit toilet. Through the years, more tent sites were added, as well as group tent and RV areas. In the late 1990s, the campground’s main loop was outfitted with electrical hookups.
The park had almost everything for a totally enjoyable camping trip—an oasis-like setting along a scenic waterway where you could drop a fishing line; boating access; a trailhead for hiking, biking and horseback riding; even an historical exhibit telling how Oregon Trail wagons trains once used the site as a place to ford the river. Everything except showers, and a camping experience accessible to everyone.
The 2010 addition of a universally accessible restroom and shower building comes with an ADA-standard walkway. The walkway connects to another park first—a campsite accessible to all people with disabilities. The new building also comes with the latest conservation features. It has four shower stalls along with restrooms.