Word has it the North Fork John Day River is pretty wild and scenic, and this campground lies right along its banks. Not only can you hunt, fish, horseback ride and take stunning pictures of the surrounding wilderness, but in the Fall you can see the native Steelhead Salmon gettin’ it on--er, spawning. The campground is also located at the junction of the Blue Mountain and Elkhorn scenic byways, so you have instant access to your choice of beautiful drives. There are 20 sites, most of which can accommodate a large RV, and it’s fairly popular during the peak season with moderate to heavy use. You won’t find any potable water here though, so BYOW. Other than that, have fun! Check website for closures. Tip: Site 2 is the only pull-through site, so if you’re coming in a land-yacht you might want to snag that one.
Campsite area
Tent or RV sites
21 sites
Up to guests per site
Up to 6 vehicles
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.

Horseback riding
Off-roading (OHV)
Snow sports
Whitewater paddling
Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at North Fork John Day Campground.

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Hipcamper Matt
Matt K.
didn't provide a recommendation.
May 19th, 2022

Maybe the author of this campground description could do his/her homework? Such as: no such thing as steelhead salmon. They are either steelhead or salmon. And the John Day has both, along with Brook and Bull trout (although Brook trout are not trout at all, they are actually a char). This kind of attention to detail would be more helpful and interesting. As it is, I tend to doubt the accuracy of this campground description. I know, picky picky. But hey, it’s your business, so why not get it right?

Hipcamper Cathy
Cathy S.
recommends this listing.
September 13th, 2018

We are horse campers bring water & feed

Hipcamper Felecia R.
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August 7th, 2018
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August 27th, 2018
Hipcamper Rachel B.
recommends this listing.
October 16th, 2018
Umatilla National Forest
United States
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44.915° N, 118.404° W
Tent / RV / Trailer - Group: 1 Site
(Up to 20 people per site)
Tent / RV / Trailer: 20 Sites
(Up to people per site)