North Twin Lake Oregon

This is a small but popular campground and lake just north of the South Twin Resort. Located next to North Twin Lake, this site offers opportunities for fishing in the summer as well as the winter. There is also a little beach at the shallow end of the lake that is great for wading and swimming.

There’s an interpretive trail leaving the campground near the water that informs visitors about “dwarf mistletoe” infecting the ponderosa pine trees in the area.
There is a boat launch area within this campground.Water levels vary little over the season and the lake is rich with weed beds.
At a Glance
Reservations:  visit
Fees Per night, per site fee: $14/first vehicle; $7/each additional vehicle.
Open Season: 4/20/2017 – 10/31/2017
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Restrictions: Maximum site spur length is 30 feet.
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet  Not my favorite, and heavily used!!!
General Information : Motorized boats are prohibited on this body of water. 
From Bend, OR: Travel 26.8 miles south on Highway 97 to Wickiup Junction, then 11.0 miles west on County Road 43, then continue 4.6 miles west on County Road 42, and finally 0.2 miles south on County Road 4260.

On a personal note, we made it around the lake on a very nice groomed trail and found two very nicely placed geocaches. I also left a painted rock on a log, hopefully someone special will find and it puts a smile on their face. Next we are going to Paddle Board this lake as it is so calm, serene and scenic. Please join us for the next adventure and Cheers to all from JUST AROUND THE BEND♥♥♥♥♥liz-logo-1DCIM100GOPROGOPR0786.

Paulina Lake Campground


A scenic 23.5 mile drive from Bend,Oregon and you are at Paulina Lake. With large camp sites, beautiful trails and amazing fishing, this is truly nirvana. After September 19th, its first come, first serve, with plenty of sites available. Sites include  standard non electric, a picnic table, fire pit, large camping site which we paid $27.00 for two nights. In early season the mosquitoes can be troublesome and late season the meat bees. There are 4 campgrounds on the lake. Paulina being the first, then chief Paulina horse camp second, Newberry Group Camp Site third and lastly Cinder Hill Campground.Cinder Hill is the most popular although the most windy.You can reserve the sites through
To do: Boat, kayak, canoe, paddle board, swim or fish.The state record for brown trout was at Paulina Lake weighing in at 28 pounds-5 ounces.Other species are kokanee salmon and rainbow trout. There is a maximum 10 mile per hour speed limit on the lake which affords you spectacular views of the lake and the Newberry Caldera. These campgrounds are all in the Newberry National Volcanic Monument.There is an entry fee if you do not have a pass. Check out the obsidian Flow and Paulina Peak which on a clear day you could see Mt Shasta. If you make it to the other side of the lake, just right of the red cinder rock slide, you will find a beach that is actually a well hidden hot springs. Dig in the small rocks near the water’s edge and it will quickly fill with very clean hot water, so hot you will need to dilute it with some lake water, very clean and relaxing. You can also hike from the parking lot on a very nice groomed trail about 4 1/2 miles around to reach the hot springs. A lot of people were hiking around the whole lake which is posted as a 7 1/2 mile loop. In addition dont miss East Lake just past Paulina Lake which has a nice store and lodge , boat rentals and small cafe. There is a Mercury warning on fish caught on East Lake, check the Oregon fishing regulation before you fish. There are 2 public campgrounds and 1 private including (full hook ups) on East Lake.

Drive up 6000 + feet and explore Newberry National Volcanic Monument.

August 2017

This year we decided to spend a whole week at Paulina Lake and really get to dig into all of the activities the area has to offer. We had a really good week of fishing, getting up at 5 am and being on the water at 6 am. yikes, really early but worth it, seems that’s when the fish like to bite. NOTE:We did not keep any of the fish and returned them safely back into the lake.

Next we GeoCached a lot. Walking each day around a portion of the lake looking for hidden treasures. FUN.

Then we paddled boarded, finding we are getting better everyday, Jeff only fell once (darn boat waves).

So if you love to camp, fish, paddle board, hike and swim in a beautiful setting this is the place. This year we stayed in space 38, paved, huge and extremely quiet. Here are some pictures to show you of our great camping experience.

Cheers from JUST AROUND THE BEND ♥♥♥♥

Next adventure we are headed to South Twin Lake Resort



Lake Simtustus Oregon

Hello to all of my family, friends and followers. I am very excited to show you our pictures and share our boating adventures at Lake Simtustus on Saturday. It was one of those perfect boating days, very little wind, 68 degree water and a 90 degree day. Not to mention that the fish were in a good mood and we caught fish, yes Jeff and Liz caught fish!!!. Our trick was using old worms from our grandchildrens visit (3 weeks ago)and frozen scented white corn from last summer. We caught over 12 fish and managed to release them all back into the water and the fish were all in good shape, I love that for the environment.We especially like to fish and explore this lake as we actually catch fish and the set speed from the marina to the dam is 10 miles an hour, making it perfect for trolling for fish, swimming and napping on the boat (we do this often).

The lake has steelhead trout, rainbow trout, kokanee, brown trout and a
few bull trout. Since it borders on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation,
a Tribal Permit is required for fishing. The lake is stocked annually with
catchable size hatchery steelhead. Kokanee found in the
lake have escaped from Lake Billy Chinook either through the turbines or
through underground channels. The last reservoir on the lower Deschutes River, in central Oregon, before the river flows into the Columbia River. The lake is formed by Pelton
Dam and stretches approximately 8 miles from below Round Butte Dam
to Pelton Dam.

  • Lake Simtustus was named after an Indian warrior who served with the U.S. army back in the mid-1800s. The warrior died on the Warm Springs Reservation in 1926 where he lived for many years.

The park is operated by PGE, which also operates Pelton Dam. The park
features RV Sites, platform tents (Yomes) and regular tent sites.  The camping sites  are very well maintained but narrow  and not very deep, if you are longer than 25 feet its tight. There is a store and marina at the south end of the park which has camping and
fishing supplies, boat rentals, fuel, moorage slip rentals and a restaurant.
PARK OFFICE 541.475.0517
STORE/MARINA 541.475.0516
OFFICE 541.475.1085

♥  Until Our Next Adventure  we are Just Around The Bend  ♥


Lake Chelan Boat Tour

Lake Chelan is nestled in the deepest gorge in North America. The lake extends 55 miles and less than 2 miles in width, with depths over 1500 feet. At its deepest point Lake Chelan drops to 400 feet below sea level.  Fed by 27 glaciers and 59 streams is is known as one of the most scenic in the pacific northwest.

Our trip today is to take the Lady Of The Lake II,  55 miles to the Stehekin Community, which is at the very end of the lake. With a four hour boat ride ahead of us we quickly settled in, with comfortable inside seats and out of the crisp morning air. I was very surprised how smooth of a ride this 100 foot vessel was, even in some pretty rough water it was always comfortable. After it warmed up we went to the top level of the boat and  to the outer deck. Lots of seating and views of the mountains were indescribable. We were advised about this time in the journey by our Captain to be on the lookout for mountain goats, longhorn sheep and yes possibly a bear, they had my attention. We made four stops along the way to either pick up additional passengers or let them off. Lots of backpackers, getting on and off heading for the vast trails along the water’s edge. One thing quite nice  is they have a system designed for hikers to hike from tent to tent without having to carry so much gear.The large outfitters tents include cots, wood stove, cooking utensils, chairs and tables. You do need to bring your own food. This place is so Hannah, I can just envision her backpacking here, she would never come home.

We have now arrived in Stehekin, just beautiful, so quaint and peaceful, because the only way to get here is by boat, so it’s quiet. The few cars and busses that are here had  to be barged up the lake. We have a scant 90 minutes to explore so we paid $3.50 each to ride the cutest bus two miles to the famous Stehekin Pastry Company. What an amazing restaurant, the food and pastry just incredible. We shared a bowl of the soup of the day (tomato, chickpea ) and a ton of organic vegs. We should have shared the Turkey panini, with avocado,bacon,pickled carrots,lettuce,jack cheese with a chipotle mayo sauce on a homemade ciabatta bun. So darn good, we could only eat half of our sandwiches.Luckily we had a small ice chest and could take home for dinner. I will admit we also had to get a cinnamon roll, raspberry scone and 1, just 1 raspberry twist. We had to take these back to the RV for a later sampling. Oh and for the record-they were so good!!!. We then headed by foot down the roadway to explore the beautiful area and try to work off that lunch.. On the way down there was a organic buckner orchard, unbelievable cabins that made you never want to leave. We arrived back at our boat just in time to board and take the 4 hour return trip. This time I did see a herd  of long horned sheep standing on top  of a granite rock. Nice ending to a very special day. Don’t forget your binoculars as you never know what you might see.

The Lady Chelan Boat trip for two totalled $81.00 round trip Well worth it.

My recommendation would be to take the Lady of the Lake boat ride to The Stehekin Community and stay overnight for at least two nights if not more. We ran out of time and did not get to see Rainbow falls, Imus Creek nature trail,the north cascades lodge, Stehekin Valley ranch, famous house that Jack built and much more. You can bring your own bike on the boat for $27.00 round trip or they also have bikes rentals. If you stay in one of the cabins they literally give you a car to use, ok maybe an old truck but who cares. for reservations and information call 509-682-4584


One more thing as we were riding on the back of the boat on the top level we had a bat literally land on deck. He had to be  humanely removed by a crew member. Here’s a picture of the bat.YikesIMG_8043


Prineville reservoir is located in the high desert hills of Central Oregon, 14 miles Southeast of Prineville and 29 miles East of Bend. The reservoir has 43 miles of panoramic shoreline.

We  launched at Powderhouse State Park, which is a free day use and boat launch. It includes paved parking, a beautiful picnic area, boat ramp and very clean vaulted restrooms.

We at Fox Central are not the most serious fisherman as you can see below. Today just happened to be a very lucky day as we caught two whole trout. Yes we have the boat, gear and worms. The problem being, we love to explore what’s around the next corner, especially on a lake this large.

For serious fishing  the lake offers an abundance of rainbow and cutthroat trout, small and large mouth bass, catfish, crappie and crayfish. Trout fishing is year round and ice fishing in the winter.  Fly fishing on the crooked river is very popular with great opportunities. 

Camping is extremely popular, so get your reservations early.  RV sites with full hookup at the State park is $31.00 a night. Water and electric only is $28.00 and tents are $21.00, which all include fire pits, picnic tables, water and very clean restrooms.  Amenities also include a cute little store for supplies and  bait.


Prineville State Park   1-541-447-4364. and you can also contact Reserve America.