Where to Camp by Bike?

Campsites within the Portland Rideshed (The green line is the rideshed boundary)

View Portland Rideshed Campsites in a larger map
Please see notes and legend below

Green – U.S. Forest Service (USFS)
Magenta – Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
Blue – Oregon State Parks (OPRD) and Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF)
(note – the markers with dots are OPRD, without dots are ODF)
Red – Washington State Parks (WSP) and Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
(note – the markers with dots are WSP, without dots are DNR)
Yellow – County, regional, or city campgrounds
Light Blue – Privately-owned or utility-owned campgrounds
(note – the markers with dots are RV parks or other privately-owned campgrounds, without dots are utility-owned)

Where to Camp: Overview

First off, be aware that some of these campgrounds may be inaccessible due to snow, flooding or other factors. It’s wise to check before heading out what the campground conditions are.

There are well over 150 designated campgrounds within 75 miles of Portland. In addition, there are hundreds of undeveloped sites in northwest Oregon and southwest Washington where camping is legal. If you live outside greater Portland, check the websites for the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) for additional sites in your area. Both agencies maintain a number of campsites on some of their facilities.

The map above shows the location of each of the 168 campgrounds we currently are aware of. Over the next few months, this map will be detailed with links to the websites for these campgrounds and basic information as to the number of sites, whether the campground is seasonal or year-round, and whether the campsites can be reserved or are first-come, first-served.

Dispersed Camping

Camping outside of a developed campsite is usually called “Dispersed Camping”. (This is a Forest Service term) Dispersed camping is generally permitted on most public lands, but nearly every public land agency has exceptions to that general policy. Check with the agency in question before you camp in order to get the specific details.

Legal Note

Cycle Wild has made every reasonable effort to ensure that the information on this map is accurate, but errors can and do occur. It is your responsibility to ensure your own safety and to check local conditions before traveling to any of these locations – this map is provided for information purposes only, and no guarantee or warranty is offered nor implied. All use of this map is at the user’s risk and Cycle Wild assumes no responsibility for inaccuracies.

8 thoughts on “Where to Camp by Bike?”

  1. Planning on bicycle touring to lake George NY from Jersey City NJ. looking for a between spot to camp, wash, eat,sleep, and continue to lake George NY.

  2. What would be the nearest place to camp after STP? I need a place to rest before I ride back :-)
    I have had no luck with warmshowers. Can’t blame then it’s beautiful traveling weather:-)
    Thanks for your time

    1. Well, this is probably too late (sorry, but commenting here is not the best way to get in touch, especially if it’s “time sensitive”, so to speak), but you’re not going to find any legal camping within about 20 miles from downtown Portland. Check the rideshed map, if you’re heading in a particular direction.

      If you’re not, all I can say is you need to make Warmshowers or lodging arrangements at least a couple months out in order to guarantee space on STP weekend.

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