Driftwood Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

This lovely campground is situated on the banks of the Wild and Scenic North Fork John Day River.  Driftwood features 6 campsties and 1 accessible toilet.  There is a put-in site for rafting.  There is no potable water or garbage service, so please pack your garbage home. 

Attractions in this area include swimming, non-motorized boating, and fishing.  Water levels are low in mid to late summer, which can impede use of boats. The campground provides good access for big game hunting.  In addition, the Oriental Trailhead is about 8 miles west, providing access to both OHV and wilderness trails.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 05/16/2016 OPEN, NO WATER.
Operational Hours: The campground is closed only by snow.  It is maintained seasonally from Memorial Day until mid-November.  Since this is at a low elevation, it is one of the earliest (and latest) areas clear of snow.
Reservations: Not reservable
  • Single site: $8/night (extra $5 per vehicle exceeding the two-vehicle-per-site allowance.)  
Open Season: Late May
Usage: Light
Best Season: June-early July
Busiest Season: August
Closest Towns: Dale, OR
Water: No potable water. Located on a riverbank.
Restroom: Vault Toilet (1)
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information


From Ukiah, travel west 1 mile to the Hwy 395 junction.  Turn left (south) on Hwy 395 and go about 15 miles, and then turn left (east) onto Forest Service Road 55.   Drive 5.2 miles east along the North Fork John Day River to Driftwood campground.

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RV Camping

Three of the sites easily accomodate most sizes of trailers, two accomodate only small trailers, and one site is downhill with a tight turn-around so RVs are not advised.

Reservation Info Not reservable
Hookup - WaterNone
Pavement Type of Parking Native surface
No. of Sites 6
Hookups - ElectricNone
Dump StationsNone
Pavement Type for ParkingNative Material
Hookup - SewerNone
Usage: Since this is at a low elevation, it is one of the earliest (and latest) areas clear of snow.

Campground Camping

No. of Sites 6 single sites


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