Umpqua National Forest

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About Umpqua National Forest

Wacky topography, lush trees, and abundant water characterize Umpqua National Forest. Nearly a million acres of volcanically-sculpted outdoor playground await in the Cascade Mountains, where abundant rivers, ponds, and waterfalls offer silent high-mountain stillness or crashing falls and rapids as the water works its way downward. Water features are the hot topic at Umpqua--including some secluded hot springs. While the amount of clothing on bathers varies, the temperature remains a constant 92-102 degrees, meaning it’ll warm your bones after a long day snowshoeing or falling into the river looking for the perfect photo op. There’s also Mount Thielsen, which was made from the same volcanic blast as Crater Lake. Many trails lead you through gnarly black pumice deposits, while others are part of the same Pacific Crest Trail that can take you to Canada or Mexico if you walk long enough. From wild trout to dense evergreen forests to dramatically barren volcanic mountains, Umpqua is as diverse as it gets in the Pacific Northwest.

Campgrounds in Umpqua

Diamond Lake Campground
Brian
Brian: Heavily wooded, spaced out campsites make this place special. You get privacy, and if you aren't...
Eagle Rock Campground
Eagle Rock Campground offers glimpses of both eagles and rock formations from the shade of mixed...
Hobo Camp Campground
Tria
Tria: Free campsites for up to 14 days. Two waterfall hikes and campsites on Brice creek
Toketee Campground
What’s more American than camping by a lake while bald eagles soar overhead? How ‘bout camping by a...
Ash Flat Campground
Ash Flat is a popular campground tucked into a scenic grove along the South Umpqua River. Fishing is...
Wolf Creek Campground
Camp on Little River in a scenic clearing near baseball fields, volleyball courts, and horseshoe pits....
White Creek Campground
Looking for a sandy beach that’s not on the coast? White Creek Campground offers beach vibes in a...
Steamboat Falls Campground
Baseball fields, horsehoe pits, potential bald eagle sightings, and steelhead salmon jumping up...
Island Campground
No man is an island, and neither is this campground. No matter, the sounds of the North Umpqua River...
Hemlock Lake Campground
If big lakes aren’t your thing, Hemlock Lake will hit the spot. A tranquil, conifer-surrounded 28 acre...
Coolwater Campground
This little campground on the Little River features seven campsites and access to fishing and swimming...
Canton Creek Campground
Five campsites along the banks of Steamboat Creek with drinking water and flushing toilets. For those...
Boulder Flat Campground
Nine campsites nestled at the confluence of Boulder Creek and the North Umpqua Scenic and Wild River...
Bogus Creek Campground
The only bogus thing about Bogus Creek Campground would be if you chose not to spend a night here...
Apple Creek Campground
If chasing spawning steelhead and salmon is your thing, Apple Creek Campground is your place. Situated...
Whitehorse Falls Campground
If your idea of camping is more Walden than Coachella, Whitehorse Falls Campground is your kind of...
Poole Creek Campground
Beachside camping at altitude, surrounded by Oregon’s three most iconic evergreen species. Lemolo Lake...
Kelsay Valley Campground/Trailhead
Kelsay Valley campground also serves as a trailhead for the North Umpqua Wild and Scenic River hikes....
Inlet Campground
True to its name, Inlet Campground is hidden deep in the forest where the Umpqua River enters Lemolo...
Howlock Mountain Trailhead
Howlock Mountain Trailhead campsite gives new meaning to the term ‘base camp’. Two campsites, some...
Broken Arrow Campground
This is a biggun’. 130 campsites, four extra-large group sites, and full facilities for campers and...
Mineral Camp Campground
The name says it all--this tiny campsite at the base of Hardscrabble Grade was an old stopover for...
Cedar Creek Campground
You may not live in a van down by the river, but you can pretend at Cedar Creek Campground. With nine...
Thielsen View Campground
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Alex: The mosquitos will literally eat you alive during the summer here. The marshes and creeks that...
Horseshoe Bend Campground
Emily
Emily: We were on a driving mission down the PCH and finding camp spots along the way. Nestled amongst the...
Hemlock Meadows Campground
A literal meadow on Hemlock Lake. Four dispersed-style campsites are spread throughout the campground...
Camp Comfort Campground
Camp Comfort may be a bit of a misnomer, but if you pack right you can camp in comfort anyway. Minimal...
Three C Rock Campground
This ain’t Schoolhouse Rock. Three C Rock Campground is named for a Civilian Conservation Corps camp...
Lund Park Campground
Lund Park Campground is built on the site of an old mining town. All that remains are a few crumbling...
Devil's Flat Campground
A small campground in the deep south--of Umpqua National Forest, that is--featuring an O. G. Ranger’s...
Rujada Campground
Camp in the lap of luxury at Rujada Campground! A dozen single and three double secluded campsites in...
Lake In The Woods Campground
Lake in the Woods is a super-quiet, super-shallow lake tucked deep in the woods. It feels a lot more...
Clearwater Falls Campground
Nestled along the Clearwater River, the tumbling water, mossy rocks, and Douglas Firs turn the Pacific...
Threehorn Campground
One of the more remote and high-altitude campsites in Umpqua, Threehorn Campground is located near the...
Bunker Hill Campground
Freedom, solitude, bald eagles. This all-American campground has it all. With five sites and nothin’...
South Umpqua Falls Campground
It’s goin’ down, I’m yellin’ this campground is in a lovely meadow surrounded by timberrrrr. Twenty...
Dumont Creek Campground
Dumont Creek Campground is one of the harder-to-access campgrounds in Umpqua National Forest. The...
Cover Campground
Looking for seven campsites along Jackson Creek in the shade of Douglas Firs? This campground has got...
Boulder Creek Campground
Camp at the confluence of Boulder Creek and the South Umpqua River in a mixed conifer forest. There is...

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Hipcamper Alex

The mosquitos will literally eat you alive during the summer here. The marshes and creeks that surround the lake make perfect grounds for the vermin. Make sure to bring plenty of repellant.

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Hipcamper Emily

We were on a driving mission down the PCH and finding camp spots along the way. Nestled amongst the trees Horseshoe Bend was a special kind of campground; quiet, foresty, with only the sound of the river running through. There's nothing fancy about this campground, but it does have decent fire pits and picnic tables to put on a good camp dinner.

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Hipcamper John

Insane amounts of mosquitos. Jumping in the (kindof gross) lake was the only escape!

We got lucky and got the last spot here on a Saturday on a summer afternoon. Nice sites. Tons of RVs...expect the hum of generators to cut through the serenity of nature starting around 7:30am.

Very good hiking nearby. Definitely not a bad spot to pitch a tent for a night or two.

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Hipcamper Brian

Heavily wooded, spaced out campsites make this place special. You get privacy, and if you aren't lucky enough to get a campsite on the lake it's a short walk from all the campsites. Make sure to get there before check-in closes around 8 though, and it is a drive to get to the showers. Very close to crater lake, but if you enter at popular times there is a car backup at the entryway. Would recommend!

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Hipcamper Casey

Camped here on a road trip from California. Visited Crater lake and headed to this campsite on my way to Portland the next day. Wow was I blown away by the beauty, the sunrise was unreal. I woke up to a gigantic mountain with fresh snow on top. The campsite was easy to find with great bathrooms and showers.

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Hipcamper Tria

Free campsites for up to 14 days. Two waterfall hikes and campsites on Brice creek

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History of Umpqua National Forest

High Cascades glaciation, whitewater rapids and explosive volcanic events have shaped the spectacular scenery and abundant natural resources of the Umpqua National Forest.

The lands were included as part of the Cascade Forest Reserve in 1893. In 1908, Congress designated close to a million acres as the Umpqua National Forest.

The headwaters of the North and South Umpqua rivers and Row River begin on the Forest. Verdant stands of hemlock, true fir, Douglas-fir and cedar transition to lower elevation forests of mixed conifers and hardwoods. The waterways and diverse landscapes of the Forest create desirable habitat for many species of fish and wildlife in addition to providing outstanding recreational opportunities to our local communities and visitors.