Creekside camping beside the looong swimming hole on our 140 acre forest land. Located 11 miles from the Riddle Oregon exit on I-5, the Swimming, fishing, bird watching, hiking and stargazing are all fantastic. There is no electric power at all on the property. No cell service. THE TRAIN: You are almost certain to be woken in the wee hours of the morning during the work week
Creekside camping beside the looong swimming hole on our 140 acre forest land. Located 11 miles from the Riddle Oregon exit on I-5, the Swimming, fishing, bird watching, hiking and stargazing are all fantastic. There is no electric power at all on the property. No cell service. THE TRAIN: You are almost certain to be woken in the wee hours of the morning during the work week of Monday thru Friday (approx. 5:00 a.m.) by the VERY LOUD and SCREECHING train on the other side of the creek. If you'll be okay with that, riverside paradise awaits! Saturday and Sunday mornings, however, have been train-free.
This is a remote property that has lots of "nature stuff" including the presence of poison oak and ticks. The immediate area of the campsites is treated for poison oak, but there is a lot of it on the property once you are away from the river's edge. Pets are likely to encounter it. The ticks tend to have a couple seasons when they are more plentiful, typically the Spring and early Fall. Although we didn't see any in August and early September, they could be present any time.
We drink the water that comes from the spring up the mountain, but it is untreated and is open to the elements at its source so we offer no guarantees and encourage you to treat it or bring your drinking water.
Currently no access for larger RVs. Truck campers and camper vans can be accommodated. If you have any kind of RV, check with us before booking.
Cow Creek is a class 1 stream and a tributary to the South Umpqua River. There is a dam at the headwaters of Cow creek which assures a consistent year-round flow of clean fresh water. Steelhead and wild salmon runs have increased dramatically since the dam was built in about 1992. The swimming is excellent, as the topography and lay of the land create a perfect private swimming hole. The property encompasses both sides of the river for 3/4 of a mile. Some of the land is steep and heavily forested. There are a number of flatter meadows on benches as the property comprises a portion of the northern slope of Iron Mountain.
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
Natural features you'll find at Cow Creek Camp in Oregon.
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Magical, private, beautiful spot
I can’t imagine a more beautiful and ideal place to camp. The river is amazing and has shallows for wading, deeper calm pools for swimming in warm weather, and small rapids we enjoyed while sitting on a stand up paddle board. The camp area is large and it looks like you can choose a grassy tent pad near the picnic table or many spots on the smooth rocky area leading down to the river. It was a little chilly for our rooftop tent but still comfy with lots of warm bedding. Beautiful hiking right nearby and Kelly was helpful in telling us about nearby activities and how to get to them. We had no cell service at the camp. The shared bathroom is a bit of a walk up the hill next to the house so if like me you don’t want to walk that alone at night, bring a camping toilet. There is also a convenient outdoor dishwashing sink.
Sweet Pea the deer was magical to meet and Romeo the boxer mix was a big, floppy lovebug. His energy was a bit much at times for our older dogs, but he’ll likely mellow out once he’s past puppy stage. Overall a magical place to camp.
This was a place easy to loose yourself in. Long days at the waters edge, soaking in the serene breeze or lounging in the hammock. A weekend was not enough time to really take it all in. Secluded and not at all crowded, just perfect for forest bathing and enjoying the unique natural landscape that is southern Oregon. And the host is super friendly and helpful, while still allowing the space to enjoy all there is to see at this wonderful large outdoor recreation site.
Private camping, perfect location!
Perfect camping spot. Everything we could have hoped for. Not only were we greeted by an amazing hostess, but her grand daughter was sweet too. This place is the perfect spot for families. The river was still, excellent for kids, the water was super clear, shallow about 3-5 feet out then deeper on the other side. Clean & convenient bathroom, I liked that it’s off from the house, so no worries about bothering host. I would 10/10 recommend to anyone. I will be visiting again ❤️
4 out of 4 stars!
We enjoyed our few days camping here and will definitively come again for a longer stay. This is a very rural area and while there are many cool things to do, such as gold panning, swimming, rock hounding and exploring trails, this isnt for those who prefer the usual tourist trap offerings. My grands 2, 3, 11 and 12 year old grands loved the place. The chance to play with Sweet Pea and Romeo was an added bonus! Our host was friendly, helpful and we enjoyed her conversation and company. There is no cell service nor Wi-Fi but who cared? So many better things to do! The camp layout is pretty open with lots of privacy should you have camping neighbors. Picnic benches in some. Fire rings to use weather permitted. Shared shower and flush toilet thats kept clean and great hot water pressure! Outside sink for washing dishes. Interesting history to the place. Be sure to ask!
Magical river campsite
Our family stayed here for 5 nights and 6 days in early August and had THE BEST time. The river and property are magical and Kelly/her family of humans and critters alike are so much fun to hang out with. Our two boys (8&9) were begging us to book another trip out there before we'd even left! We were lucky to not have to share the property with other campers, but there's more than enough space for all.
As others have already mentioned; poison oak is abundant and the lower area can be tough for vehicles to navigate if you're not prepared for it. If you're up for the challenges then you will be rewarded the experience of a lovely little paradise!
Cow Creek is one of the best places we have stayed! The site is beautiful, the river is amazing, and Kelly & her family were absolutely lovely! We stayed at the upper camp since our car wouldn't have made it down to the beach, but we were rewarded with tons of shade. There's plenty of space at the river for groups to have plenty of privacy while playin in the water!
The listing is not joking about the poison oak, it's everywhere outside of the campsite, but it's easy to avoid if you pay attention.
We definitely plan to be back next year!
Sweet pea stole the show
We had a great time staying at Cow Creek!
We were a little unsure of what to do upon arrival, but we just glanced around looking lost and Kelly and her granddaughters came right over to give us the lay of the land. We chose the upper campsite for our group of 8 because it had more tree cover and it was a hot weekend. We were okay with walking down to the amazing swimming hole! It was deep enough to tread water in some areas, but shallow enough in others for kiddos. Perfect and not too cold! We really enjoyed visits to our camp by pup Romeo and fawn Sweet Pea and watching them play.
The flushing toilet felt like a luxury! The bathrooms are up by the main house and shared by all, but this never seemed to be an issue and either Sweet Pea or Romeo were always waiting when we left to say hi. The bathroom is very spacious as well.
There was poison oak around the edges of camp, although we did wonder if some was just oak saplings as there were also oak trees. No one in our group had a reaction, but no one was aware of being allergic so we weren't the best test group. No issues with tics. There were a few mosquitos, but they weren't bad at all and I managed just fine with natural bug spray.
Both sites had picnic tables. The site by the swimming hole was fully exposed, and would also be less private, but there aren't too many people on the property at once so this shouldn't be too bad.
Overall we loved this campsite and would stay again!
Sweet pea stole the show
Cow Creek Camp is fantastic! My group loved staying here! We were a larger group with 8 people and we chose to stay at the upper campsite because it was hot and sunny and we wanted the protection of the trees. This did mean walking down to the swimming hole, but that was fine with us and the privacy was nice.
When we arrived we weren't quite sure what to do, but looked around lost and Kelly came right over to give us the lay of the land with the help of her delightful granddaughters. We enjoyed visits by the puppy Romeo and fawn Sweet Pea throughout the weekend and watching them play was really fun. One or the other was always waiting when leaving the bathroom. The bathrooms are up by the main house and shared by all. It is an adorable and quirky area and the flushing toilet felt like a luxury to us. It was also very spacious. We didn't use the shower, but it looked nice.
The swimming hole was amazing, the water not too cold, and deep enough to not touch the bottom in some areas while being shallow enough for kiddos in others. It was really perfect. If you camped at the lower site you would have a good amount of traffic from other groups coming to swim at the swimming hole so less privacy, but there are only so many people on the property so this wouldn't be too crazy.
There was a lot of poison oak at the upper campsite, I think. It had been cleared out of the main areas but was just off to the side in the trees. We did wonder though if some was just regular oak saplings as there were oak trees around too. No one in my group had a reaction, but no one was aware of being allergic so we weren't the best test group.
No issues with tics. There were some mosquitos, but they were few and I personally didn't even need more than the natural bug repellant to avoid bites.
Overall we had a great time here and would stay again!