North Fork John Day Campground


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North Fork John Day Campground & Trailhead

This campground sits along the Wild and Scenic North Fork John Day River at the junction of the Blue Mountain and Elkhorn Scenic Byways.  It features 20 campsites, 3 accessible toilet facilities, and stock handling facilities. 

There is no potable water or garbage service, so please pack your garbage home. 

This campground serves as the eastern access point to North Fork John Day Wilderness via North Fork John Day River Trail #3022. This area offers hunting, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, sight-seeing, photography. In spring and fall you can see the salmon spawning.  State fishing regulations apply.

If you like to drive, you can pick up the Ukiah-Granite Roadside Geology tour brochure from the camp hosts or the Ranger District.  

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 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.
Operational Hours: The campground is closed only by snow.  It is maintained seasonally by volunteer camp hosts from just before Memorial Day until the beginning of October. 
Reservations: Not reservable
Area Amenities: Accessible,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking
  • Single site: $8/vehicle/night
  • Additional vehicle: $5 fee per vehicle exceeding the maximum two-vehicle-per-site allowance. 
  • Group site: There is one group site which costs $25.00 per night (no extra vehicle charge).
Open Season: Late May
Usage: Heavy
Busiest Season: Holiday weekends and hunting season
Restrictions: Wilderness restrictions apply within north Fork John Day Wilderness.
Closest Towns: Granite, OR; Ukiah, OR
Water: No potable water.
Restroom: Vault Toilet (3)
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: North Fork John Day Ranger District 

General Information


Horse Corrals at North Fork John Day Campground and TrailheadFrom Ukiah, OR head southeast on Forest Service Road 52 approximately 40 miles to the North Fork John Day Campground and trailhead. Parking for the trailhead is in the north end of the campground. 

Besides the 20-site campground, there is a large trailhead parking area, toilet, unloading ramp, and facilities for stock animals (corrals, mangers, hitching posts).  This site is directly adjacent to the Wild & Scenic North Fork John Day River and the Blue Mountain National Scenic Byway.

Horse Mangers at North Fork John Day Campground and Trailhead


Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

RV Camping

Most RV sites can handle a longer RV.  Site 2 is a pull-through (no backing). 

Reservation Info Not reservable
Hookup - WaterNone
Pavement Type of Parking Gravel
Vehicle Clearence Paved all the way to campground.
No. of Sites 20
No. of Accessible sites 1
Hookups - ElectricNone
Dump StationsNone
Hookup - SewerNone

Group Camping

Site 14 is the only group site and can accomodate up to 3 RVs and 20 people.

Reservation Info Not reservable
No. of Sites 1 site with up to 20 people
No. of Accessible sites Site 8 (not a group site)


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Camping trailer 15 sites for RVs
Toilets 3 vaults
Accessible Site 8
Picnic tables All sites
Parking Lots of extra parking
Tent camping Sites 1A, 1B, 1C, 15, and 16 are tent only sites