Union Creek Campground


RV parked in open pine forest at Union Creek Campground

The Union Creek Campground is one of the largest Forest Service campgrounds in eastern Oregon. Set on the northern shore of Phillips Lake amid mature ponderosa pine forest, it offers over 60 campsites for tents, trailers and RVs. Special activities for local and regional visitors include; fishing, hiking, swimming, waterskiing, and boating. Within the Union Creek Recreation site there is also the Union Creek Boat Launch and Union Creek Picnic and Day-use Area.

More information about accessible recreation opportunities can found on Pacific Northwest National Forests, Accessible Adventures website.

In 2016 the Union Creek Campground and other facilities in the area will be part of a Campground Prospectus for the Whitman Ranger District and available for bid.

At a Glance

Reservations: Reservations for group campsites and full-hook-up sites can be made online at: recreation.gov
Area Amenities: Accessible,Boat ramp,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees  2016 Camping Fees
  • Single family tent (no hookups) = $12
  • Single family (water & electric) = $20
  • Premier Loop A, Single family (full hookups) = $22
  • Premier Loop A, Double family (full hookups) = $34
  • Group site = $60
  • Extra vehicle at group site = $6
  • Overflow area = $12
  • Extra vehicle at all campsites = $6
Discounts are subject to the terms of the passes, and policies of the Concession operator. For visitors with an Interagency Senior Passes, Interagency Access Passes, Golden Age Passport or Golden Access Passport the discount fees are:
  • Single family tent (no hookups) = $6
  • Single family (water & septic) = $13, ($7 site + $6 amenities)
  • Single family (full hookups) = $15, ($7 site + $8 amenities)
Open Season: May
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: General rules of use and restrictions apply for this developed recreation site. The Recreation Site Concessionaire also has rules of use posted for the site. The gate into the recreation area is locked when not in operation by the concessionaire. State boating rules:  The Oregon State Marine Board has administrative rules for boaters on Phillips Reservoir.
Closest Towns: Baker City, Oregon (19 miles)
Water: Potable Water
Restroom: Flush toilets
Operated By: Concessionaire
Information Center: Whitman Ranger District

General Information


From Baker City, Oregon travel south on Highway 7 towards John Day, Oregon for about 18 miles; The campground and day-use entrance is signed on the left side of the road; Follow the signs in the Union Creek Recreation Area down to the various campground loops and areas.


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Group Camping

The Union Creek Campground has a reservable group use area.

RV Camping

  • 20 reservable sites with electrical, water and septic hook-ups
  • 18 reservable sites with electrical and water only
Pavement Type of Parking Paved parking spurs at all reservable sites
No. of Sites 38 reservable sites
No. of Accessible sites

Campground Camping

Reservation Info
No. of Sites 74 single site(s), 2 double site(s), 2 20-50 people group site(s)
No. of Accessible sites 4 of 78


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Boat ramp At boat launch
Camping trailer RV and full hook-up sites
Toilets Accessible vault toilets
Accessible Campsites, vault toilets and paths
Picnic tables At each campsite
Tent camping 60+ tent/trailer sites
Drinking water Seasonally avilable
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