Oriental Campground

Area Status: Unknown

This fairly secluded campground is near the end of Forest Road 5506 along the Wild and Scenic North Fork John Day River.  It features 8 campsites and 2 accessible toilets.  There is no potable water or garbage service, so please pack your garbage home.  

Large vehicles, trailers, and low clearance vehicles are not recommended due to poor access road and limited turnaround capability. 

This campground offers hunting, fishing, swimming, rafting, hiking, OHV riding, horseback riding, sight-seeing, photography.  Across the road is the River Trail, which is an OHV trail accessing the southern end of 100 miles of trail.  Three miles farther on Road 5506 is entry to the North Fork John Day Wilderness.

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 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.
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking
Fees An overnight camping fee of $8.00 will be charged. An additional $5 per "extra vehicle" fee will be charged for each vehicle exceeding the maximum two vehicle per site allowance.
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Wilderness restrictions apply within North Fork John Day Wilderness.
Closest Towns: Dale, OR
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet (2)
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: North Fork John Day Ranger District 

General Information


From the Ukiah, Oregon travel west 1 mile to the Hwy 395 junction.  Turn left (south) on Hwy 395, travel south about 15 miles and turn left (east) onto Forest Road 55.  Drive 13 miles east along the N. Fork John Day River to Oriental Campground. The last few miles arevery rough and may not be appropriate for trailers.

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Campground Camping

Reservation InfoNot reservable
No. of Sites7 single site(s)
No. of Accessible sitesNone

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Camping trailer All sites
Toilets 2 vault toilets
Picnic tables All sites
Parking Extra parking at trailhead
Tent camping All sites