Idlewild Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the1930's, Idlewild Campground is an easily accessible 26 site campground located just off of US Highway 395.  Birdwatchers from all over visit Idlewild for an opportunity to glimpse of the white-headed woodpecker.  A species found in only a few locations on the west coast of North America.  Look for woodpeckers foraging for food amongst the ponderosa pine trees found throughout the campground.  The campground is lightly used and only becomes busy during the fall hunting season.  Please pack out what you pack in, there is no trash service provided at this campground.

Idlewild campground has a beautiful wood framed, open air pavilion which can be reserved by going to, or calling 1-877-444-6777.  The pavilion rents for $25.00 a day with a $9.00 service fee for the reservation. 

Nearby recreational opportunities include hiking, mountain biking or horseback the Idlewild Loop Trail #317, Devine Summit Trail #318, Myrtle Creek Trail #308

During the winter months, Idlewild Campground is a designated Sno-Park.  This is a great place for those looking for a great base for snowmobilers. 

The campground is a great place for those traveling through who would like a nice quiet place to camp that is easy to reach.

Printable map of trails in the area.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 02/03/2015: Idlewild Campground is open, however the water has been shut off for the season.
Fees $10/Night for single unit, $5/Night for extra vehicle
Open Season: May
Usage: Light
Restrictions: This campground can accomodate camp trailers 20 ft and under in length.
Closest Towns: Burns, OR
Water: Potable Water
Restroom: Vault Toilet Accessible (4)
Passes: Oregon State Sno-Park Permit is required from November 1st through April 30th. 
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information


Directions from Burns, OR., travel 2.8 miles on US Highway 20 to the junction with US Highway 395, turn left onto US Highway 395 and head north.  Follow US Highway 395 for approximately 14.6 miles to the junction with Forest Road 2820.  Continue on Forest Road 2820 for 0.8 miles to the junction with Idlewild Campground Road.  Follow Idlewild Road for approximately 1 mile to the campground.

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Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

Reservation InfoNot reservable
No. of Sites19 single site(s), 3 double site(s), 1 20-50 people group site(s)
No. of Accessible sitesNone

RV Camping

Reservation InfoNot reservable
Hookup - WaterNo
No. of Sites19 single site(s), 3 double site(s), 1 20-50 people group site(s)
Dump StationsNo
Hookups - ElectricNo
Pavement Type for ParkingNative Material
Hookup - SewerNo


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Winter Sports

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