Sharps Creek Recreation Site

Gold Panning at Sharps Creek Recreation Site
Phone:
Address:

Springfield Interagency Office 3106 Pierce Parkway, Suite E Springfield, OR 97477

Latitude/Longitude:
43.6659, -122.80733
Directions:
Take Cottage Grove exit 174 from Interstate Highway 5. Turn left onto Row River Road and follow signs to Dorena Lake (Approximately 4 miles). Continue straight on Shoreview Drive for 6.6 miles to rejoin Row River Road (covered bridge to the right). Continue traveling east 4.2 miles to Sharps Creek Road. Turn right and continue 3.1 miles. The campground is located on the right side of the road; the day use area is on the left.
Fee Description:
$8.00 per camp unit per night; $5.00 per extra vehicle per night. Holders of Senior and Access Passes pay 1/2 of required fee.
BIKING
CLIMBING
CAMPING
FISHING
HIKING
HUNTING
PICNICKING
WILDLIFE VIEWING
DAY USE AREA
SWIMMING SITE
PHOTOGRAPHY
PADDLING
SWIMMING

Sharps Creek Recreation Site

Camping is CLOSED

for the season. Day use is OPEN now.

Overview:

Step off the beaten path and explore a delightful gem nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains with ties to the historic Bohemia Mining District, 40 miles southeast of Cottage Grove. The site offers an intimate, 10-unit campground, day-use picnicking area, and a nearby swimming hole formed naturally among rounded boulders at the base of an overlook extending above Sharps Creek. Cool and delightful waters entice the visitor to swim or simply 'dabble' along the bank while enjoying the surrounding beauty of the forest. For those with a penchant for gold panning, the site offers exciting opportunities to try one's skill and luck!

Know Before You Go:

  • The campground is open Memorial Day weekend through early fall.
  • Fees are charged for campground use; day use at the creek overlook and swimming area is available at no charge.
  • Recreational panning is allowed June 1 through September 15. Sluicing and suction dredging with hoses (4" diameter or less) is allowed July 1 through September 1 provided that the activity does not interfere with other recreational activities. Contact the BLM Springfield Interagency Office for more information regarding panning restrictions.
  • Point of Interest:

    The Row River National Recreation Trail/Covered Bridges State Scenic Bikeway is located less than 4 miles northwest of Sharps Creek Recreation Site.

    Sharps Creek Brochure

    Explore Oregon Recreation: Sharps Creek Recreation Site

    Photos

    Gold Panning at Sharps Creek Recreation Site
    Sharps Creek
    View of Sharps Creek Campground
    View of Sharps Creek