Cottonwood Complex Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

The Cottonwood Recreation Area, located 45 minutes northwest of Lakeview, Oregon, is one of the busiest campgrounds in the southeast zone of the Fremont-Winema National Forest. Western white pine, white fir offer shade and aspens turn sunny gold every autumn. Abundant deer and even black bear can be sighted strolling through the campground. It’s essential to pack all food away in vehicles or hang it high.

This campground features 22 campsite, six vault toilets, potable water, and a seasonal camp host. Each campgrounds has a picnic table and campfire ring.

Additionally, there are four walk-in, tent only sites and one horse camp site. The horse camp includes its own corral and water area as well as a trailer turn-around. This high-elevation camp is generally free of snow mid-June through mid-October.

The Cotton Meadows Lake, stocked with rainbow and Brook trout, offers excellent fishing. There are two day use areas and a boat launch on the lake. Only non-motorized and electric boat motors are allowed.  Other recreation opportunities include hiking and exploring.

Campsite fees are $6 per night and $2 per extra vehicle.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: (Lakeview Ranger District)
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water
Fees $6/Night for single unit, $2/Night for extra vehicle
Open Season: 5/15 - 10/15
Usage: Light
Restrictions: ONLY electric motors allowed for boating.
Closest Towns: Lakeview, OR
Water: Potable Water
Restroom: UNKNOWN Toilet (6)
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information


Cottonwood Campground is located 45 minutes northwest of Lakeview. Travel west from Lakeview on Oregon Highway 140 toward Bly, Oregon. Follow Hwy 140 then turn right on Forest Road (FS) 3870. Continue north on FS Road 3870, then follow the signs to the campground.

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Campground Camping

No. of Sites22 single site(s)
No. of Accessible sitesNone

RV Camping

Hookup - WaterNo
Reservation InfoNot reservable
Hookups - ElectricNo
Dump StationsNo
Pavement Type for ParkingNo
Hookup - SewerNo


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Toilets Six Vaulted Toilets
Picnic tables
Tent camping
Drinking water
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6130 feet