Chewaucan Crossing Campground/Trailhead

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Rustic campsite with fire ring and picnic table near a river.

This highly used campground is ideally located right on the Chewaucan River, 20 minutes south of Paisley, Oregon. There are many fishing opportunities for rainbow and brook trout. Pine and juniper are scattered throughout the landscape. 

There are five campsites with picnic tables and fire rings and one vault toilet. 

You can also access the Fremont National Recreation Trail #160 at Chewaucan Crossing Trailhead, as the trail skirts along the edge of the campground. It’s a gateway to this multi-use trail, and a challenging trek both directions as hikers must climb out of the river canyon. You can hike or ride (horseback or mountain bike) north to Yamsay Mountain or south to Cox Pass. A sturdy pedestrian bridge spans the river at the campground, connecting the trail segments.

Alert: There is no potable water. Visitors need to pack plenty of water. Remember to “pack it in, pack it out.”

At a Glance

Current Conditions: (Paisley Ranger District)
Reservations: First come, first serve
Fees No fee
Open Season: 5/15
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Paisley, OR
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet (1)
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Paisley Ranger District

General Information


Chewaucan Crossing is located 20 minutes south of Paisley, OR.

From Paisley, OR take Highway 31 north toward Silver Lake, Oregon and turn left on County Highway 2-08, Mill Street, and continue left on Forest Service (FS) Road 33. Continue on FS Road 33 to campground/trailhead.

A sturdy pedestrian bridge spans the river at the campground, connecting trail segments.

Bridge spanning the river at Chewaucan Crossing Campground.

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