NOTICE: Forest offices scheduled to be closed temporarily for employee training
All Malheur National Forest offices will be adjusting their schedules on April 22 to accommodate the ability of their employees to attend mandatory training.
The Prairie City Ranger District in Prairie City and Emigrant Creek Ranger District in Hines will be closed for business all day on April 22.
The Supervisor’s Office in John Day will remain open for their normal business hours of 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but only have the ability to sell forest products between the hours of 7:45 to 9:00 a.m., and again in the afternoon from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
We ask that you take this into consideration when needing to purchase forest products, such as maps and firewood permits. We appreciate your understanding.
Supervisor's Office/Blue Mountain Ranger District
Hours of Operation: 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
431 Patterson Bridge Rd
Mailing: P.O. Box 909
John Day, OR 97845
Emigrant Creek Ranger District
Winter Hours of Operation: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Closed for lunch 12:00 to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
265 Highway 20 South
Hines, OR 97738
Prairie City Ranger District
Winter Hours of Operation: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Closed for lunch 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
How do I get a campground space? Campgrounds on the Malheur are on a first come first serve sites. Reservations are only available for the Group Camping Area at Magone Lake, the Magone Lake Picnic Shelter, and the Idlewild Picnic Shelter.
How do I get a reservation? To reserve the Group Camping Area at Magone Lake or the Magone Lake Picnic Shelter call 1-888-444-6777 or visit www.recreation.gov. To reserve the Idlewild Picnic Shelter call the Emigrant Creek Ranger District at 541-573-4300.
How long are the campgrounds open? Usually campgrounds are open between May 25 and October 31. Some of the campgrounds are accessible at other times of the year, however the water systems are likely to be shut off and little to no maintenance will be provided. The campgrounds are operated on a "pack-it-in, pack-it-out" basis.
Do I have to camp in developed campgrounds? No, you may camp any place in the forest that is not posted as a designated campground. Unless it lies within a quarter mile of a trailhead, dispersed campsites are free, no pass is required, and are first come first serve. There is a limit of no more than 14 days, out of any 30-day period on this Forest. Call local Forest Service offices for current status on campfire restrictions.
How can I become a campground host?
Not all campgrounds on the Malheur National Forest have campground hosts. Contact the Forest Service office in the area you wish to be a campground host and ask to speak with the person responsible for campground hosting. That individual can then explain the host hiring process.
Are pets allowed on trails and in the campgrounds?
Pets must always be restrained or on a leash while in developed recreation sites and on trails. Pets (except guide dogs) are not allowed in swimming areas. Saddle or pack animals are allowed in recreation sites only where authorized by posted instructions.