This is a peaceful campground set in an open Ponderosa pine stand along the Wild and Scenic North Fork John Day River. Gold Dredge features 7 campsties and 1 accessible vault toilet. There is no potable water or garbage service, so please pack your garbage home.
Attractions in this area include photography, 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 6 miles west, providing access to both OHV and wilderness trails.
At a Glance
05/06/2015: Plan to open for Memorial Weekend
The campground is closed only by snow. However, it is only maintained seasonally from Memorial Day until mid-November. Since it is one of the lowest elevation campgrounds, it is earliest (and latest) to be free of snow.
Single site: $8/night (extra $5 fee per vehicle exceeding the two-vehicle-per-site allowance.)
Group site: Site 6 is $25/night (no extra vehicle charge)
No potable water. On the bank of a river
Vault Toilet (1)
From Ukiah, Oregon 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 Road 55. Drive 7.7 miles east along the N. Fork John Day River to Gold Dredge Campground.