Little Fawn Group Camp, located on the south end of Elk Lake, 37 miles southwest of the town of Bend, is surrounded by stunning scenery that sets the stage for fantastic recreational opportunities for groups wanting to explore Deschutes National Forest.
Elk Lake has a picturesque setting, with the Three Sisters Mountains towering over the north end of the lake and Mt. Bachelor dominating the eastern horizon. Nestled in a diverse stand of mixed conifer forest, the brilliant, transparent water of the lake offers visitors a clear view to the bottom.
Wetlands, diverse forests and rocky slopes near the campground provide habitat for shorebirds, porcupine, deer, bats and the occasional black bear.
Elk Lake offers boating, windsurfing, water skiing, fishing and swimming. A nice beach and large day-use area provide plenty of shoreline for swimming. A boat ramp is located within the campground.
Hiking and horseback riding are popular activities on the Elk-Devils Trail, which follows an historic route from Elk Lake to the Wickiup Plains Trail, just west of Devils Lake. This trail is mostly in the Three Sisters Wilderness and passes several small springs and through a mix of lodgepole and mountain hemlock forest.
The trail is most commonly traveled by horseback riders making loops into the high country along the Pacific Crest Trail. Hikers can make a loop by using the northern portion of this trail to connect the Wickiup Plains, Pacific Crest and Mirror Lakes Trails.
Little Fawn Group Camp offers single-family sites and a group site that are all close to the water. The campground accommodates tent and RV camping, but electrical hookups are not available.
Sites are equipped with tables and campfire rings with grills. Vault toilets and drinking water are provided.
Lava Lands Visitor Center in nearby Bend, Oregon, and the unique geological landscape of Newberry National Volcanic Monument, draw visitors to the region as well.
Visitors enjoy traveling the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway, known as Oregons Highway in the Sky, which climbs into the clouds on a 66-mile drive through the Cascade Range, weaving past snow-capped peaks and alpine lakes.