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

Toketee Campground

1. Toketee Campground

What’s more American than camping by a lake while bald eagles soar overhead? How ‘bout camping by a lake while bald eagles soar overhead, ducks and...

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Clearwater Falls Campground

2. Clearwater Falls Campground

Nestled along the Clearwater River, the tumbling water, mossy rocks, and Douglas Firs turn the Pacific Northwest vibes up to eleven. Nine campsites...

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Thielsen View Campground

3. Thielsen View Campground

Named for its epic view of Mount Thielsen (duh), this lakeside campground is a fisherman’s favorite. Situated on the west shore of Diamond Lake,...

Alex: The mosquitos will literally eat you alive during the summer here. The marshes and creeks that surround the lake make perfect...
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Cedar Creek Campground

4. Cedar Creek Campground

You may not live in a van down by the river, but you can pretend at Cedar Creek Campground. With nine single campsites and one double, it’s easy to...

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Horseshoe Bend Campground

5. Horseshoe Bend Campground

Nestled away from Highway 138 along the North Umpqua River, Horseshoe Bend Campground is a quiet campsite with plenty of amenities and is a popular...

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...
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Diamond Lake Campground

6. Diamond Lake Campground

Party at Diamond Lake! One of the most popular summer camping destinations in the area, there are 145 reservable sites and 95 first-come,...

Brian: Heavily wooded, spaced out campsites make this place special. You get privacy, and if you aren't lucky enough to get a...
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Lake In The Woods Campground

7. 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 remote than it is, since you can actually...

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Broken Arrow Campground

8. Broken Arrow Campground

This is a biggun’. 130 campsites, four extra-large group sites, and full facilities for campers and RVs make Broken Arrow Campground the spot to...

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Whitehorse Falls Campground

9. Whitehorse Falls Campground

If your idea of camping is more Walden than Coachella, Whitehorse Falls Campground is your kind of place. With just five campsites nestled beneath...

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Poole Creek Campground

10. Poole Creek Campground

Beachside camping at altitude, surrounded by Oregon’s three most iconic evergreen species. Lemolo Lake is the highest reservoir on the Umpqua...

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Bunker Hill Campground

11. Bunker Hill Campground

Freedom, solitude, bald eagles. This all-American campground has it all. With five sites and nothin’ but a vault toilet, this mini campsite hidden...

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East Lemolo Campground

12. East Lemolo Campground

Laid back vibes and lakeside camping make it easy to rise n’ shine for fishing Lemolo Reservoir. A series of clearings in the thick lodgepole pine...

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Camp Comfort Campground

13. Camp Comfort Campground

Camp Comfort may be a bit of a misnomer, but if you pack right you can camp in comfort anyway. Minimal facilities include five campsites, a vault...

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Eagle Rock Campground

14. Eagle Rock Campground

Eagle Rock Campground offers glimpses of both eagles and rock formations from the shade of mixed conifers, though the latter are more consistent...

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Bogus Creek Campground

15. Bogus Creek Campground

The only bogus thing about Bogus Creek Campground would be if you chose not to spend a night here before or after rafting the North Umpqua Wild and...

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Howlock Mountain Trailhead

16. Howlock Mountain Trailhead

Howlock Mountain Trailhead campsite gives new meaning to the term ‘base camp’. Two campsites, some hitchin’ posts, a parking lot, and a couple of...

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Hobo Camp Campground

17. Hobo Camp Campground

Hobo Camp Campground The name says it all. Four small sites and one large one, next to the road, no facilities. What you do get is quick in...

Tria: Free campsites for up to 14 days. Two waterfall hikes and campsites on Brice creek
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Island Campground

18. Island Campground

No man is an island, and neither is this campground. No matter, the sounds of the North Umpqua River help you pretend while the seven campsites let...

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Dumont Creek Campground

19. Dumont Creek Campground

Dumont Creek Campground is one of the harder-to-access campgrounds in Umpqua National Forest. The gravel road and tight turns mean RVs and trailers...

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Ash Flat Campground

20. Ash Flat Campground

Ash Flat is a popular campground tucked into a scenic grove along the South Umpqua River. Fishing is not permitted in this section of the river, so...

Boulder Flat Campground

21. Boulder Flat Campground

Nine campsites nestled at the confluence of Boulder Creek and the North Umpqua Scenic and Wild River are a water-lover’s dream. A raft launch,...

Inlet Campground

22. Inlet Campground

True to its name, Inlet Campground is hidden deep in the forest where the Umpqua River enters Lemolo Reservoir. The thirteen campsites feel...

Kelsay Valley Campground/Trailhead

23. Kelsay Valley Campground/Trailhead

Kelsay Valley campground also serves as a trailhead for the North Umpqua Wild and Scenic River hikes. It is a great base camp for backpackers and...

Boulder Creek Campground

24. Boulder Creek Campground

Camp at the confluence of Boulder Creek and the South Umpqua River in a mixed conifer forest. There is no fishing in this section, which means...

Rujada Campground

25. Rujada Campground

Camp in the lap of luxury at Rujada Campground! A dozen single and three double secluded campsites in the shade of Douglas Firs feature flushing...

Coolwater Campground

26. Coolwater Campground

This little campground on the Little River features seven campsites and access to fishing and swimming holes. Several hiking trails are within a...

Steamboat Falls Campground

27. Steamboat Falls Campground

Baseball fields, horsehoe pits, potential bald eagle sightings, and steelhead salmon jumping up rushing Steamboat Creek waterfalls. This is one...

Wolf Creek Campground

28. Wolf Creek Campground

Camp on Little River in a scenic clearing near baseball fields, volleyball courts, and horseshoe pits. The wildflowers go off in early summer, so...

White Creek Campground

29. White Creek Campground

Looking for a sandy beach that’s not on the coast? White Creek Campground offers beach vibes in a shallow section of the Little River, with four...

South Umpqua Falls Campground

30. South Umpqua Falls Campground

It’s goin’ down, I’m yellin’ this campground is in a lovely meadow surrounded by timberrrrr. Twenty campsites in a clearing near the scenic South...

Hemlock Lake Campground

31. Hemlock Lake Campground

If big lakes aren’t your thing, Hemlock Lake will hit the spot. A tranquil, conifer-surrounded 28 acre reservoir full of healthy stocked trout,...

Mineral Camp Campground

32. Mineral Camp Campground

The name says it all--this tiny campsite at the base of Hardscrabble Grade was an old stopover for miners on their way up the mountain to Bohemia...

Hemlock Meadows Campground

33. Hemlock Meadows Campground

A literal meadow on Hemlock Lake. Four dispersed-style campsites are spread throughout the campground for getting your Oregon Trail on. There’s a...

Threehorn Campground

34. Threehorn Campground

One of the more remote and high-altitude campsites in Umpqua, Threehorn Campground is located near the Umpqua-Rogue Divide. If you’re a fan of...

Apple Creek Campground

35. Apple Creek Campground

If chasing spawning steelhead and salmon is your thing, Apple Creek Campground is your place. Situated a short walk from a fly-fishing-only section...

Three C Rock Campground

36. Three C Rock Campground

This ain’t Schoolhouse Rock. Three C Rock Campground is named for a Civilian Conservation Corps camp that was built nearby in 1930. This five-site...

Lund Park Campground

37. Lund Park Campground

Lund Park Campground is built on the site of an old mining town. All that remains are a few crumbling foundations, but you know those guys had...

Devil's Flat Campground

38. Devil's Flat Campground

A small campground in the deep south--of Umpqua National Forest, that is--featuring an O. G. Ranger’s cabin and horse barn and creekside camping....

Cover Campground

39. Cover Campground

Looking for seven campsites along Jackson Creek in the shade of Douglas Firs? This campground has got you ‘Cover’-ed. Enjoy the drinking water, the...

Canton Creek Campground

40. Canton Creek Campground

Five campsites along the banks of Steamboat Creek with drinking water and flushing toilets. For those who like amenities and tranquility, this...

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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.