Play All Day
Paulina Park is located at the SHARC on Overlook Road near Circle 2. Nestled behind the amphitheater area, the park features a playground, bocce ball court, rock climbing wall, restrooms, several picnic tables and a propane barbecue. A pavilion is available for rent for four hours maximum between the hours of 10am and dusk.
- www.sunriverowners.org, 541-585-3144 or 541-585-3145
Fort Rock Park
Fort Rock Park features a large grassy field, pavilion shelter and play- ground equipment with several picnic tables located around the premises. The park offers basketball and tennis courts, softball and volleyball facilities as well as horseshoes. Located between Circles 4 and 11 in the heart of Sunriver.
- www.sunriverowners.org, 541-593-2411
Lava Lands Visitor Center
After several years of work, the Lava Lands Visitor Center has unveiled the Lawrence A. Chitwood Exhibit Hall which showcases area geology, ecology, climate and culture. The center puts on a variety of educational programs to teach visitors of all ages about Central Oregon. A landmark at the center is nearby Lava Butte, a 500-foot-tall cinder cone that erupted 7,000 years ago, covering a nine-square-mile area with lava. Contact the Visitor Center for more information about visitor hours and activities. See information about cave tours on page 25. Location: north of Sunriver on U.S. 97.
- www.fs.fed.us/r6/centraloregon/newberrynvm/lavalands, 541-593-2421
La Pine State Park
La Pine State Park is perhaps best known as the home of Oregon’s largest Ponderosa Pine. Affectionately known as Big Red, the tree towers 162 feet tall and experts say it might be as old as 500 years. Check out the tree found along a scenic pine forest trail, and explore the rest of the ten miles of trails. The park offers year-round camping with 80 full hookup sites, as well as ten log cabins for those who don’t want to “rough it.” Two cabins are designated pet friendly. Location: off U.S. 97, 7 miles southwest of Sunriver at 15800 State Recreation Road, La Pine.
- www.oregonstateparks.org/park_41.php, 541-536-2071
When planning a trip to a north-west National Forest or State Sno-Parks, you may want to check ahead of time if you will need a recreation pass.
For National Forests , the following passes can be used:
- The $30 Annual Northwest Forest Pass is honored at all Forest Service day-use sites in Oregon and Washington for a year.
- A $5 one-day National Forest Recreation Day Pass is honored at all Forest Service day-use sites in Oregon and Washington for a day.
- If you go to Newberry National Volcanic Monument, the recreation pass lasts three days and costs $10.
All recreation passes, except the Newberry National Volcanic pass, can be purchased at any Forest Service Office or on-line at:
The Newberry National Volcanic Pass can be purchased at sites within the Monument. During winter, Sno-Park permits are required to park at the developed Sno-Parks located along the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway. Sno-Park permits are sold by the State of Oregon and are not available at Forest Service offices. A Sno-Park permit costs $25 for an annual permit, $9 for a three-day and $4 for a daily.