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
11/14/2014: This campground is not maintained in the late fall and early spring. It may be covered with snow and/or not accessible from Oct-May.
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.
Single site: $8/night (extra $5 per vehicle exceeding the two-vehicle-per-site allowance.)
No potable water. Located on a riverbank.
Vault Toilet (1)
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.
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.
Hookup - Water
Pavement Type of Parking
No. of Sites
Hookups - Electric
Pavement Type for Parking
Hookup - Sewer
Since this is at a low elevation, it is one of the earliest (and latest) areas clear of snow.
River and Stream Fishing
Special fishing regulations apply, see Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife fishing guide.
Boating - Non-Motorized
Rafting opportunities on the North Fork John Day River are available mid-April into late June. Low water from mid-July until fall make most boating difficult. Contact District office for water conditions.
High in Spring, Low by July
Type of Craft
Low draft boats such as rafts and kayaks
Swimming and tubing are popular in the North Fork John Day River. Be careful of strong currents, particularly when water is high.