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Campgrounds on the Santiam State Forest
Kids enjoying s'mores at Shellburg Campground on the Santiam State Forest  
Kids enjoying s'mores at Shellburg Campground

The Santiam State Forest offers a variety of camping opportunities from small developed campgrounds to dispersed campsites.  Campgrounds are managed on a first-come, first-serve basis. 
 
The Santiam State Forest campgrounds are all closed with the exception of Horse Camp which will remain open through the month of October. All Santiam State Forest campgrounds will re-open Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 at noon.
 
Check fire restrictions and campground regulations before you visit.

Shellburg Falls Campground
Shellburg Falls Campground  
Shellburg Falls Campground

 
The Shellburg Falls Recreation Area offers many opportunities for visitors, including hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, free-ride mountain biking, and camping.  The secluded campground is a hidden gem.  It is well-maintained and offers restrooms, a hand pump well, picnic tables, designated fire rings, trash service, as well as a picnic shelter. 
 


Open Date:
Closure Date:

May 21, 2015
October 1, 2014

Number of Campsites:  
     Drive-in Sites:
     Walk-in Sites:
Four
Three
Overnight Fees:   
     Drive-in Sites: $10.00
     Walk-in Sites: $  5.00
      Extra Vehicle: $  2.00
   

 
Shellburg Falls Recreation Area brochure [PDF; 2.43 MB] 

Shellburg Falls Recreation Area Map [PDF; 1.3 MB]
 

Santiam Horse Camp
Santiam Horse Camp  
Santiam Horse Camp


The Santiam Horse Camp and Day-use Area rests among the shade of Douglas-fir trees and is the starting point for a system of non-motorized trails for horses, bicycles, and hikers.  Horse campers will find ample room for trailer parking, with corrals and stock water for their animals.  Trail-users travel through miles of diverse forest with clear streams and unique geological formations. 
 

Open Date:
​Closure Date:
May 22, 2015 at noon
November 1, 2014

 

Number of Campsites:

 

Twelve

Overnight Fees: $10.00 
 
Santiam Horse Camp and Monument Peak Trail System [PDF; 5.5 MB]

Rock Creek Camps
Swimming hole near Rock Creek Camps  
Swimming hole near Rock Creek Camps

Located in the Santiam State Forest, the Rock Creek Campsites and Day-use Area offer secluded camping, swimming, and hiking opportunities near the clear, cool waters of Rock Creek.  Hidden among a forest of Douglas-fir, red alder and bigleaf maple, visitors can escape busy campgrounds for a more secluded and rustic setting. Restrooms, picnic tables, and designated metal fire rings are provided.  During the off-season, no fees are charged.

Open Date:
​Closure Date:

May 22, 2015 at noon
October 1, 2014

Number of Campsites: Four
Overnight Fees: $10.00
 
 
 
Rock Creek Brochure 

Butte Creek Campground
The campground is near Butte Creek Falls
The campground is near Butte Creek Falls
 

Just a short distance away from Butte Creek Falls, the Butte Creek Campground  sits in a stand of tall, older Douglas-fir and western hemlock trees, and shares the land with alder, maple, and ferns. Restrooms, picnic tables, and designated fire rings are provided.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* Gates on the Crooked Finger 400 Rd will be closed until Spring 2015. Walk-in access to Butte Creek Falls is allowed.

 

Open Date:
Closure Date: 

May 22, 2015 at noon
October 1, 2014

 
Number of Campsites: Three
Overnight Fees: $10.00
 
 
Butte Creek Brochure 

High Lakes camping (Rhody Lake and Butte Lakes)
Rhody Lake  
Rhody Lake

Located in the Santiam State Forest, the High Lakes Recreation Area offers visitors a unique experience on Oregon Department of Forestry state forest lands.  Rhody Lake and the three Butte Lakes are small high-elevation lakes (around 3000 feet), nestled among pine and fir trees.
 
Rhody Lake is open to car camping.  A vault toilet and trash collection are provided.  Butte Lakes are accessible by hiking, mountain biking, or horseback riding only.  Visitors should practice Leave No Trace camping, and pack it in and pack it out at Butte Lakes.  Because of the remoteness of these sites, campfires are not allowed during fire season.  Please use propane camp stoves or propane grills.
 
The High Lakes Recreation Area is usually open from May through September, although depending on the snow levels, actual access may differ. 
 


Open: 

 

Year Round

 

Rhody Lake

Number of Campsites:

 

 

 Four

Butte Lakes: Primitive camping only
Overnight Fees: Free 
 
High Lakes Recreation Area Brochure [PDF; 241 KB]

Links to other recreation activities on the Santiam State Forest
The largest of the Butte Lakes  
The largest of the Butte Lakes
Click on any of the following links to learn more about other recreation activities available on the Santiam State Forest.
 
Back to the Santiam State Forest main Recreation web page.

Learn more . . .
Fairy Slipper  
Fairy Slipper
To find out more about recreation activities on the Santiam State Forest, contact:
 
 
North Cascade District - Santiam Unit
Oregon Department of Forestry
22965 North Fork Road
Lyons, OR  97358
PH: 503-859-2151
FAX: 503-859-2158

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