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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT

Oregon / Washington

Volunteer Camp Host Locations

Lower Deschutes Wild and Scenic River

Trout Creek Recreation Site/Campground

Located directly on the Lower Deschutes Wild and Scenic River, Trout Creek Campground provides access not only to the river, but also to a variety of trails and a world-class rock climbing area. Camp hosts can enjoy fishing, hiking, climbing, photography or just hanging out under the basalt cliffs and spectacular geology of this segment of the river.

Location: From Madras, go north about 2.5 miles on US 97, then turn left onto Cora Road, continue north (keeping left) about 8 miles into the community of Gateway. Cross the railroad tracks and immediately turn right onto Clemens Drive, continue for approximately 3 miles to the Trout Creek Campground. Caution, the last several miles are gravel with a descending steep grade before the railroad tunnel.

  • Wheelchair- accessible facilities, including picnic and three vault type restrooms.
  • 23 individual campsites, 2 group campsites.
  • Host campsite has shade, picnic table and is close to the river. There are two vault type restrooms near (but not too near!) the host campsite. Campsite is primitive in nature and does not provide a sewer hook-up or utilities. BLM may provide limited black/gray water storage through an above ground storage tank.
  • BLM may provide propane, a gasoline generator or re-imbursement for expenses.
  • Camp host duties would include campground operation, public contact and light maintenance duties.

Mecca Flat Campground

Mecca Flat Campground

You can spend your summer helping visitors in this newly remodeled camping area located along the Lower Deschutes Wild and Scenic River. Although the days can be hot, you're a stones throw from the cooling waters of this spectacular river.

Location: From Warm Springs, take the dirt road between the RV park and the old gas station. The road follows the old rail bed after you wind around the hill and come to the railroad tunnel. Go approximately two miles and you will come to the campground. Caution, the road is single width and elevated following the rail bed.

  • Wheelchair accessible campsites, a restroom and launch accessibility for the river.
  • There are twelve individual campsites, a group campsite and a single vault type restroom.
  • Host campsite has electricity and a picnic table. No sewer hook-up is available, but BLM may provide limited black/gray water storage through an above ground storage tank.
  • BLM may provide propane or re-imbursement for expenses.
  • Camp host duties would include campground operation, public contact and light maintenance duties.

Bakeoven Compound, Maupin

Although the Bakeoven site is a little less scenic, this location provides quick access to many campgrounds on the Lower Deschutes Wild and Scenic River. Located on the outskirts of Maupin, Oregon, your summer camping experience will seem a little less primitive when groceries, restaurants, gas and other amenities are located just a few blocks away.

Location: From Maupin, take the Bakeoven Market Road on the south side of the river bridge southeast toward Shaniko, and climb up the grade approximately half mile. On the left you will see the BLM Bakeoven Maintenance Compound. On the back side of the compound is a small government residential area containing several mobile homes and travel trailers.

  • Host campsite has water, electricity, sewer hook-ups and access to a washer and dryer in the maintenance building.
  • BLM may provide propane or re-imbursement for expenses.
  • Camp host duties would include fee collection, public contact and light maintenance duties along the Lower Deschutes River Corridor.

Beavertail Campground

Located far from the "splash and giggle" section of the Lower Deschutes Wild and Scenic River, Beavertail is for the serious fishermen and solitude-seekers. Camp in the shadows of the steep slopes of the river canyon, enjoy days spent exploring and fishing and help your visitors enjoy their river experience.

Location: From Maupin, go 21 miles north on Lower Deschutes River Road. Turn left and follow the road down to the campground.

  • Wheelchair accessible campsites, picnic area and restrooms.
  • There are seventeen campsites and two group campsites and vault type restrooms.
  • Host campsite has shade and a picnic table. Campsite is primitive in nature and does not provide a sewer hook-up or utilities, but BLM may provide limited black/gray water storage through an above ground storage tank.
  • BLM may provide propane, a gasoline generator or re-imbursement for expenses.
  • Camp host duties would include campground operation, public contact and light maintenance duties.

Big Bend Campground

Tucked in the shadows of the steep cliffs of the Lower Crooked Wild and Scenic River, Big Bend is cooperatively managed by the BLM, Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. and the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR). Camphosts can spend days fishing on the river or jet-skiing on Prineville Reservoir. There is also a 2.6 miles round-trip hike up the Chimney Rock Trail.

Location: From Prineville, drive eighteen miles south on Oregon Highway 27, as you ascend toward the grade toward Bowman Dam, the campground is on the right side, along the Crooked River.

  • Wheelchair accessible facilities, including campsites and restrooms.
  • There are 30 campsites, including a group site and vault type restrooms.
  • Host campsite has shade, water, electricity, sewer hook-up and a picnic table.
  • Camp host duties would include campground operation, public contact and light maintenance duties. Duties may include assisting with the other nearby BLM campgrounds downriver from Big Bend Campground.

Mule Shoe Campground

The Mule Shoe campground is a small part if the Mule Shoe Recreation Area. Mule Shoe was built in cooperation with the Bureau Of Land Management, the State of Oregon and Wheeler County. It is operated by the Bureau of Land Management. The Mule Creek Campground is very primitive. This RV camping and tent camping site is situated along the John Day River just a few miles upstream from the start of the John Day Scenic Waterway. The primary attractions in the area include fishing, hunting, wildlife viewing, hiking and sightseeing. This area of Oregon is predominately made up of basalt rock and cliffs, juniper trees, and sagebrush.

Location: From Prineville, Oregon—Follow Highway 26 east for approximately 46 miles to the town of Mitchell. At Mitchell, turn north onto Highway 207 and follow for approximately 25 miles to the intersection of Highways 207 and 19. At the intersection, turn west (right) and follow for approximately 2 miles. Mule Shoe is located on the south side of the highway between mileposts 80 and 81.
From John Day, Oregon—Follow Highway 26 westbound for approximately 37 miles to the junction of Highways 26 and 19. Turn north (right) onto highway 19 and follow for approximately 42 miles (through Spray) to the entrance to Mule Shoe Campground. Mule Shoe is located on the south side of the highway between mileposts 80 and 81.

  • There are 6 RV/tent sites and 3 walk-in areas for tents. This camping area is primitive with no electricity, sewer or water.