This park is a forty-two acre park located a little over one mile off of Hwy 97 on Burgess Road-west at 16525 Burgess Rd., La Pine, OR. 97739. It has a covered Picnic pavilion and is the first of the La Pine parks to have a soft landing into the Little Deschutes River. There are dry campsites and plans to increase the number of wet campsites in the future. In the meantime, there is an outdoor amphitheater, a play area for children, river access and plenty of room to enjoy the outdoor setting that seems far removed from downtown. Float the river, have a picnic or even plan a big party at the pavilion. You can do it all right at Rosland Campground!
A Little Bit of History
Use of this campsite dates back to 1826 when the Hudson Bay Company trappers led by Peter Skene Ogden trapped for Beaver in this area. In 1897 the Rosland Post Office was established on the east side of the river. BJ Pengra was named Postmaster. Dennis Mathews was the first ranger at the Rosland Ranger Station established here in 1908 and abandoned in 1933. This campground was developed in 1965 through cooperation of La Pine residents and the U.S. Forest Service.
Current Efforts at Rosland Campground
Rosland Citizens Committee, headed by Dan Richer (who privately funded the Veteran’s Memorial and Clock installed at Frontier Heritage Park) and Auto Parts Mart owner Robert Rey, has developed a plan for Rosland Campground in the wake of plans to lease the park to somebody else that had fallen through at the last minute. The volunteer group is going to manage the campground for the remainder of the 2017 season, though it is still owned by the La Pine Park and Recreation District.
Beginning with a clean-up day at the campground, which took place on July 23rd, 2017, plans also include working on the soft landing along the riverbed for taking out canoes/kayaks and tubes; grooming the fire pits, campsites and play area.
The goal for re-opening the park this summer is August 1st. It will be open for Day Use throughout the week, and a camp host will be on site. The campground can be reserved for special events on the weekends, and the money earned with go toward sustained self-sufficiency of the facility.
In addition to day use, Rosland will be open for camping during the eclipse (including some meals and live music!), Labor Day Weekend, an Octoberfest will be held there, and it can be rented for other special events.
On a side note, Leona Park, off of 6th Street will soon be getting a soft landing put in for launching floating devices, and it is a three hour float from there to Rosland Campground. When that gets all done, there is money to be made for folks to run a shuttle back and forth for floaters to get back to their vehicle at Leona Park. There is another piece of property in between those two parks that the county has donated, and it will eventually have it’s own landing also.
Rosland Campground & Day Use
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