Welch Creek Campground & Trailhead

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Hunting camp at Welch Creek Camp Ground

Welch Creek Campground has long been a favorite gathering spot for family reunion camp-outs and group hunting trips. The campground's open area and easy parking access make it ideal for such events. It features 6 campsties an accessible vault toilet, and 4 stall recreational stock corral.  There is no potable water or garbage service, so please pack your garbage home. 

Local attractions include hunting, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, sight-seeing, photography and a trailhead for the Desolation OHV trail system.  Olive Lake, where there is fishing, boating, and swimming is about 13 miles to the east along Forest Road 10.  

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 05/16/2016 Trails/Trailheads are considered open although they may have snow and downed trees blocking the path. Please call the local Ranger District Office for up-to-date information.
Operational Hours: The campground is closed only by snow.  However, it is only maintained seasonally from Memorial Day until mid-November.
Reservations: Not reservable.  First come, first served
Area Amenities: Accessible,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking
  • 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).
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Dale, OR
Water: No potable water. On the bank of Desolation Creek.
Restroom: Vault Toilet (1)
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information


From Ukiah, OR, 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 (FSR) 55.  Drive a little less than 1 mile, then turn right (south) onto FSR 10.  Travel about 12 miles on Forest Road 10 and Welch Campground is on the right (south). 

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Camping & Cabins

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Group Camping

Site 6 provides group camping for up to 40 people and is accessible. It is directly adjacent to the recreational stock corral.

Reservation Info Not reservable
No. of Sites 1
No. of Accessible sites All sites

RV Camping

All sites accomodate large RVs:  2 sites require backing in, 3 sites are pull-beside, and the group site is a large pull-through

Hookup - WaterNone
Reservation Info Not reservable
Pavement Type of Parking Gravel
No. of Sites 6
Hookups - ElectricNone
Dump StationsNone
Hookup - SewerNone

Campground Camping


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Horse Riding & Camping

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OHV Riding & Camping

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Camping trailer All sites
Toilets Vault (1)
Accessible All sites are accessible
Picnic tables
Parking Trailhead parking next to the toilet
Tent camping All sites