The best camping near Willamette National Forest

Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Willamette National Forest adventure.

The best camping near Willamette National Forest

Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Willamette National Forest adventure.

Camping near Willamette National Forest

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Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Willamette National Forest adventure.

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Crater Lake Resort

28 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents13 acres · Chiloquin, OR
Our property has been in business in one way or another for over 70 years. The stick built cabins are pre 1950's and no one really knows for sure how old they truly are. We are located on Fort Creek named after the creek that ran through Fort Klamath. Fort Creek is a beautiful 30' wide meandering creek that runs the length of the property north to south. We offer free use of our Old Town Canoes to paddle along it's extent and on up creek to a beaver damn. There is a fun hiking trail that runs over two bridges that span the creek, one covered and one floating. We also offer free catch and release fishing, there are Rainbow and Brown Trout in our waters. Fort Klamath is the birthplace and home of the US Army 1st Cavalry and our property is located on the the Forts Southeastern grounds. We are 9 miles from the southern border of the National Park and 23 miles from the southern Rim and Rim Village. Please note: We do allow pets in our sites for $10 per night. If you plan to bring a pet, please add the pet fee which is listed under "Extras" during the booking process.
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Umpqua's Last Resort

33 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents4 acres · Idleyld Park, OR
Umpqua’s Last Resort is nestled along the North Umpqua River in the Umpqua National Forest. This region of the Oregon Cascade Mountains is commonly referred to as “Oregon’s Emerald-Jewel Gateway” to Crater Lake National Park. Spectacular marble river views, volcanic formations, thundering waters, and towering firs are just the beginning… the North Umpqua River is World Class! Settled in the community of Dry Creek, 27-miles east of Idleyld Park [Idle-wild Park] on the North Umpqua River, Umpqua's Last Resort hosts fifteen 50/30/20amp Full Hook-up RV Sites, Glamping Tents, Camper Cabins, a Tiny Home, RV Experiences, heated shower house & restrooms, mountain Wi-Fi, access to the North Umpqua River & Dry Creek. Umpqua’s Last Resort is a privately owned recreational vehicle park & campground located on exclusive private-property deep in the heart of the Umpqua National Forest. As a proud equal opportunity recreation provider we thank you for your interest.
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Crater Lake Private Woodlands

5 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents100 acres · Prospect, OR
Private and protected forest woodlands, trails, wildlife, ponds, wildflowers, old growth timber and views. Unspoiled nature at its best! We are located in southern Oregon near Crater Lake NP, just off of hwy 62, part of the Rogue-Umpqua Scenic Byway, more commonly known as the "highway of waterfalls" and near the little town of Prospect on what is known as the beautiful side of Crater Lake NP. Three waterfalls, the Prospect Cafe, and the Historic Hotel are all within a two-mile radius. If you're after that famous pie at Beckie's Cafe, you are 10 minutes close. Our 100 acre ranch allows us to host guests in their own RV's, at camp/tent sites, or in our new A-frame Cabin all located in private, and even secluded, sites. Several well maintained trails wind throughout the property and can be enjoyed by guests. Nature enthusiasts enjoy the hiking, wildlife viewing, and the beautiful ponds and woods. Crater Lake Woodlands is part of the historic Katydid Ranch. Once owned by Boise Cascade who used it both for growing seedlings to replant logged mountain sides and as a vacation getaway for their executives, the story of Katydid Ranch goes back to the early 1900's when it's owner named "Katy" used it as the "half-way" overnight lodging for horse & buggy guests traveling to Crater Lake from the Rogue Valley. Leaving the valley at the crack of dawn, they could arrive at "Katy's" by nightfall, in time for a meal and sound mountain sleep. They'd hitch up at dawn and make it to Crater Lake by nightfall. Historically, the first residents were the Rogue River Takelma and Latgawa native Americans. Latgawa lived in the Rogue Valley of interior southwest Oregon. In their own language "Latgawa" means "those living in the “uplands," though they were also known as the Walumskni by the neighboring Klamath tribes. Specifically, Ha-ne-sakh. The Latgawa were one of two peoples who spoke the Takelma language. They were hunters, gatherers, weavers and fished the Rogue River. They were known to have a stationary settlement and trading post at the Katydid Ranch location. Their tribes lived in the upper Rogue River area extending beyond Prospect and Union up to Crater Lake. Since we've owned the Ranch, we've maintained the custom of welcoming overnight guests and at the same time, we continue to honor the protected wildlife designation given to it back in the 50's. Wildlife viewing is one the delights we share with our guests. Please be mindful of native wildlife keeping dogs on leash so as to avoid chasing and barking at wildlife. Thank you. The animals here include, but are not limited to black tail deer, elk, fox, coyote, ringtailed cat, raccoon, skunk, and also typically farther up the mountain are the elusive mountain lions and black bear which we have never spotted on our property. The ponds and surrounding area are home to migratory to the Oregon Pond turtle, Canada geese, quail, wild turkeys, various owls including the great horned owls, hawks, cranes and eagles. Our pond bird watcher friends spotted Common Mergansers, Ring Necked Ducks, Canada Geese…and a Loon. The bull frogs orchestrate the evening and can be heard at times throughout the day. Katydid Ranch is a wildlife sanctuary. The flora and fauna of the forest is abundant and diverse. This land is home to many native grasses, ferns, and berries, wild flowers, as well as many other edible and medicinal plants and numerous varieties of mushrooms. If you are visiting during blackberry season, feel free to pick, pick, pick and indulge. Katydid trees include old growth Douglas Fir, Ponderosa, Sugar, and Jeffrey Pine, various Cedar tree varieties, Incense Cedar, the majestic Pacific Madrone, Alder, Big Leaf Maple, Black and White Oak, Dog wood, and Vine Maple. You may also spot the prolific wild hazelnuts. As Forest Stewards, we are committed to maintaining a well balanced and diverse forest ecosystem.
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Myrtle's Place

2 sites · Lodging, RVs28 acres · Chiloquin, OR
Beautiful property close to Crater Lake National Park. The Wood River runs through it. The 28 acres is mostly undeveloped, but there are a few houses and a restroom outbuilding. Bring your kids, bring your dogs; enjoy the beautiful setting. We have a few kayaks, or there are rental kayaks available nearby. NOTE: Please be aware that the mosquitos can be very bad here at times.
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Crater Lake Private Space

3 sites · RVs, Tents60 acres · Prospect, OR
Old mill property with wildlife and forests.Learn more about this land:Enjoy the private tranquility of the Cascade Mountains in this beautiful rural Full hookup RV site woodlands setting amidst trees and trails. Great for travelers who need a private place to park their fully self-contained home-on-wheels while traveling to Crater Lake National Park and the scenic Rogue-Umpqua area of the Cascades. Only 24 miles from the NP south entrance (on the Prospect desirable side of the NP) and most likely the closest private RV spot. 1/2 mile outside of the little town of Prospect, 1 mile to the Rogue River (fishing and rafting), 1 mile to 3 waterfalls, 8 miles to Lost Creek Lake (boating and recreation), plus an abundance of hiking trails in nearby local area. After viewing the amazing star-filled night skies, fall into a deep relaxed sleep and wake up to birds singing, enjoy your coffee and a nature walk. This serene and quiet RV spot consists of an open space nestled in beautiful mixed woodlands of mature doug fir, cedar, pine and madrone on our 60 acre property (You won’t see our house or shop since these RV spot is on the other side of the property). RV space has 50 amp power, well water and RV sewer. Your own toilet is a must. Be prepared to “Pac-in, pack-out.”  This is a protected wilderness area. There’s a mix of sun and shade. At approximately 2600 ft elevation, a fresh gentle breeze significantly cools the late afternoon and evening summer temperatures. Most cell service carriers do get reception at this location, however, there is no WIFI. This can be a pull-through-and-around area. A long RV/trailer may need to make a y turn.  Short distance nature trails in the adjacent woodlands can be enjoyed in the immediate area. You will be alone in this no-frills spot. Just you and nature and your RV home.
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Wild River Sanctuary

2 sites · RVs, Tents2 acres · Crescent, OR
Established in 1963. The Vann family cabin was built by the Vann family. Third generation energy is steering this new endeavor. Soon to come will be a creek side treehouse and cabin will be available by next summer. Learn more about this land: Two tent sites available on the creek. The sites are situated on a one acre river frontage property under the pine trees. Important to note that the two sites are located about 30-40 feet apart. Each site has a private dock and fire pit. You are just minutes from the lakes and a great fire lookout hike. Mountain bike from your tent to endless trails. Enjoy the creek that is just feet away from the sites where you can indulge in a variety of activities including; swimming, floating, fishing, and sunbathing. We have great neighbors who have vacation homes nearby.  Dorothy lane is between Earl Lane and Pine Creek Loop. Firewood no longer for sale.
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Heartline Ranch and Tipi Village

14 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents250 acres · Chiloquin, OR
Stay in one of our Native American Tipis, nestled into the forest next to the Winema National Forest. We have miles of hiking trails, and lots of wildlife in the way of birds, bunnys, chipmonks and the occasional deer and elk, and are across from the Pelican Butte mountains. Experience what few get to know- what it's like to be in a real Native American Tipi. Come experience the outdoors as Natives have lived. This isn't any airconditioned motel room- this is the real deal. Owners are Native American. An experience of a lifetime. Questions will be answered, info. available. Also a art gallery of their artwork is on site in the office. Come and enjoy! Their ranch, Heartline Ranch & Tipi Village is on Crater Lake Highway (Hwy 62) just 26 miles down from Crater Lake. They have designated 15 acres for a primitive Campgrounds and Tipi village sites. September of 2020 we were sadly effected by the Wildfire- TwoFourTwo which took 5 of our 6 tipis. We have been able to clean up, regrow and make ready for camping guests. We once again have 6 tipis, all beautiful, and in addition, 6 new camping sites for people with their own tents. Sorry, NO rv's (vans are allowed.) Its wonderful to see all the beautiful regrowth, and to see that most of our trees have regenerated. It is now once again a beautiful place to be. It is their love for this land and a desire to share the beauty and Native experience with others to led them to open up these campgrounds. There is 15 acres in the immediate campgrounds & 6 tipi sites and 6 camping sites for folks with their own tents, so LOTS of privacy. Our ranch has 250 acres of land, great hiking trails that you will have access to for hiking, next to the Winema National Forest, and connected to the Pacific Crest Trail. You will have space to enjoy this beauty. The owner's horses are rescue horses and are their own private property. Please do NOT feed them or go up to them without the owners being there. Horses have delicate stomachs. Our gentle giants are mellow but very big so please stay OUT of their pasture. You may help us during their feeding time, if you ask owners.
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Log Shelter Retreat

10 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents2 acres · La Pine, OR
Our wooded acre provides , 12 by 20 three sided log shelter, Fire pit , BBQ, water, porta potty. Vintage Aloha camp trailer, has fridge, freezer , stove top ,oven and heat . sleeps two( bedding not provided.... $70) , cozy shelter cabin with loft. heated. ( sleeps three adults, or Two adults and two children... $70 .bedding not provided.) 6 tent sites . $50 per site 3 RV sites. ($50) per site. (no hook ups) Rivers, hiking, BLM are one block away. Fishing, Kayaking, Paddle board and water fun .little Deschutes 10 minutes away and big Deschutes 30 minutes way. Four wheeler trails on BLM one block south. Bring your snowmobiles for winter fun on BLM. Hunters welcome on BLM ONE BLOCK SOUTH WE ARE OPEN ALL YEAR! 30 minutes is Sunriver Resort providing fine dining , bike trails, shops , golf, awesome swimming pools, etc. We are one mile from Lapine, there's restaurants, grocery stores, gas ,and outdoor food carts with views. live music, great food and drinks. Transportation for put in and take out for river excursions are provided with reservations ( $60 includes Kayak) We have three Kayaks for rent ($40 a day) with reservations. 30 minutes away is Paulina lake , the Obsidian flow, HIking, Biking, fishing, and camping,. LaPine State Park ,providing lots of hiking ,biking trails and beautiful fishing spots. Clay's the fisherman and knows all the best spots! On site there is a central gathering place for your family, friends and to meet people. Our log shelter has seating , fire pit, Picnic table, wash basin, porta potty and Quiet starlet sky's every evening. Clay and I upon request will provide hot coffee ,tea, orange juice and home- made muffins to begin your morning! ( $ 15 additional fee) We look forward to meeting you and welcome. We also provide reservations for family reunions, small weddings, and private parties. Rent the whole site for the weekend! ( $500) Also weekly rates are available ,check with Clay and I ,price will be determined by how many persons. Thank you and Happy Trails!
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Travelers Rest Stop

1 site · RV, Tent8 acres · La Pine, OR
A great spot near HWY 31 and HWY 97 to stop while traveling. 8 fenced acres welcomes you on a dead end street in our quiet neighborhood. The camp spot is your own private oasis with 4 sun shades and a 32' circle for tent spots. There's private parking, a 12' picnic table and shady hammock space. You'll most likely be greeted by our super friendly German Shepard who is great with other dogs and kids. We're looking forward to meeting you!
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Mt. Scott Camping

1 site · RV, Tent1 acre · Chiloquin, OR
A dry campsite on one acre lot of lodge pole pines in the neighborhood of Mount Scott Meadows. Set your tent up anywhere you want on our property. Enjoy the forest and relax before you venture to Crater Lake, or just unwind in the forest the entire stay! A dry sink and counter is available to clean/ prep food or whatever you may need. A rustic composting toilet is also on site. We are available until 10pm every evening via this website and text message/phone call. We live off site, so we will not be there to greet you. Completely independent camping/ site access and check in.
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Healing Waters

4 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents60 acres · Tiller, OR
60 acres straddling the upper South Umpqua. A large pond with active beaver.a mile of riverbank and a seasonal private island to explore. An abundance of wildlife are frequently seen on the property,including,bear,elk,deer ,geese,ducks,otter,muskrat,turtles,bats,a large variety of birds, butterflies,and more.Incredible views of the sky and stars at nite. Secluded sites on the river with a hot shower and toilet. Internet is available in some areas. Private cooking area, trails along a mile of river ,on the property including around the beaver pond.see where they have downed trees. Explore the private river island .play at nearby south umpqua falls. Visit the mountain caves or see the many waterfalls on the north umpqua. So many activities to choose from.Some of the pictures included are of the surrounding area.
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Great Spot for a Quick Rest

3 sites · RVs, Tents1 acres · La Pine, OR
We are super close to all that Central Oregon has to offer. Right now we just have space for you to park your rig and crash for the night. Learn more about this land:Hi everyone! Our property is pretty full right now, but if you need a place to crash for the night and you have a small rig, hit us up! we love to meet new people traveling through! Thanks!Port-O-Potty outside for your convenience and water refills if you need em.
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The best camping near Willamette National Forest guide

Overview

About

Spread out over around 1.6 million acres in the central Cascade Mountain Range, the Willamette National Forest is home to many of Oregon’s popular backpacking and hiking areas, and its proximity to urban hubs such as Portland, Salem, and Eugene attracts day-trippers and weekend campers in summer. It's also a popular spot for nature photography, owing to its massive expanses of old-growth forest, wildflower-strewn meadows, and seven major mountain peaks. About a fifth of the forest is designated wilderness area and can only be explored on foot or by horseback.

Notable campgrounds

  • Best for anglers: Breitenbush Campground offers spacious campsites and easy access to trout fishing on the Breitenbush River.  
  • Best for quiet camping: Secret Campground has only six sites, making it a good option for getting away from the crowds.
  • Best for water lovers: Slide Creek Campground offers easy access to a beach at Cougar Reservoir and is a quick drive from the thermal soaking pools at Terwilliger Hot Springs.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  1. Campsites are released at 7am Pacific daily, six months in advance. Popular spots (notably cabins and fire lookouts) can book up almost immediately. If you're after a hot spot, make sure you are up and ready to book as soon as it's made available.
  2. Choose less-accessible spots for a better chance at a campsite. First-come, first-served sites near major cities fill up faster than sites that require a longer drive.
  3. Consider coming mid-week. Weekend campsites can be challenging to secure, particularly in summer, but if you can come earlier in the week to claim your spot, you’ll have better chances.

When to go

The Willamette National Forest can attribute its lush, green appearance to plenty of heavy rainfall, and while weather in late spring can be relatively warm, it’s often too rainy for some people to camp. Higher elevations also get a fair amount of snowfall, and road closures lasting from late autumn until well into spring are not uncommon. July and August are the most popular and crowded months for camping, though September is usually pretty warm and dry, too, but with fewer crowds.

Know before you go

  • Download maps for offline use and check for road closures. While snow-related closures are rare in summer, mudslides and planned road maintenance are possible.
  • Bring plenty of insect repellant, particularly if you are camping near one of the region’s many lakes or reservoirs. The mosquitos can be brutal.
  • Forest fires aren’t uncommon in Oregon, and campfire bans are often seen in summer. In times of extreme danger, cooking stoves that use open flames may be banned.
  • Dogs are allowed in Willamette National Forest but must be kept on at least a six-foot leash.

 

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