Near the Wild and Scenic North Fork Malheur River, fishing for Rainbow Trout is popular. Within 1/2 of a mile of the campsite is the North Fork Malheur Trailhead. The area is an excellent base camp for hunters, hikers or anyone just looking for a quiet get away. The road in to this area is quite rough and becomes very muddy after periods of rain.
At a Glance
08/23/2016: This area is within a LEVEL 1 PRE-EVACUATION ADVISORY:
Level 1 pre-evacuation advisories are primarily used in slow moving events. At this level residents and visitors are made aware a danger exists and to monitor local media outlets for information. Keep in mind, cell and radio service is extremely limited to nonexistent on most of the Malheur National Forest. Residents with special needs or those with pets or livestock should take not and make preparations for relocating family members and pets.
These evacuation advisories are issued by the local county.
Access is limited, as the 13 Rd. is currently closed due to nearby fire activity. Visitors should be prepared for increased fire vehicle traffic as well as times of heavy smoke due to the Rail Fire. Be prepared to evacuate the area if necessary.
Prairie City, OR
Vault Toilet (1), compacted gravel approach with concrete pad entry.
From the town of Prairie City, OR., turn onto South Main Street. Follow South Main Street to the junction with Bridge Street. Turn left onto Bridge street and continue past the cemetary, the road then becomes County Road 62. Follow County Road 62 approximately 20 miles to the junction with Forest Road 16, turn east onto Forest Road 16. Follow Forest Raod 16 for approximately 12 miles to the junction with Forest Road 1675, the turn will be on the right. Follow Forest Road 1675 for approximately 2 miles to the campground.
This 5 site campground has extended concrete picnic tables, raised fire rings compacted dirt and gravel parking areas for tents and camp trailers. The bathrooms have a compacted gravel/concrete approach.
Rainbow Trout can be caught in the North Fork of the Malheur River. Other species such as Bull Trout can also be caught, however these fish are on the ESA Threatened list. Bull Trout must be released back into the river if caught. For more regulations and open fishing seasons please visit the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.
This trail is a medium use trail, use of the trail becomes busier in during late July through the fall during big game hunting seasons.
Small Game Hunting
Many hunters like the area for turkey, grouse, and chucker hunting. For information on upland game tags as well as other bird hunting regulations please visit the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Visitors are reminded that the discharge of firearms in any campground on the Malheur National Forest is prohibited.
Big Game Hunting
Big game hunting is very popular throughout the forest during late summer and early fall. Rocky Mountain Elk and Mule deer are the major big game that is hunted in the area. For information on regulations and season please visit the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Visitors are reminded that the discharge of fire arms is prohibited within any campground on the Malheur National Forest.
This campground sets amongst beautiful ponderosa pine trees. In spring and throughout the early summer wildflowers can be seen throughout the area.
Wildlife is abundant in the area, ranging from big game animals such as Rocky Mountain Elk and mule deer to a wide variety of birds including hawks and eagles. Smaller creatures call the area home as well including squirrels and chipmunks.