Cougar Crossing is a small, semi-open campground in a setting of mixed conifers.
The campground is located on the confluence of the South Fork of the McKenzie River and the south end of Cougar Reservoir. It is surrounded with steep slopes of conifers.
The Three Sisters Wilderness lies directly east of the site.
At a Glance
||Reserve online at www.recreation.gov or phone 1.877.444.6777
May have reduced service and lower rates in off months.
- Single Campsite - $14 per night
- Extra Vehicle - $7 per vehicle, per night
- Day Use - $7 per vehicle, per day
||See special regulations for the Cougar Recreation Area
||Passes allow holder 50% off overnight fee*
*Discount does NOT apply to extra vehicle fees or multiple campsites*
- Golden Age/Access Pass
- Interagency Senior/Access Pass
- No passes honored for day use fees.
||American Land & Leisure
||McKenzie River Ranger District
From Blue River, OR, travel 4 miles east on Highway 126 to Aufderheide Drive (Forest Road 19).
Proceed south on Aufderheide Drive, taking a right at the Y and climbing to the top of Cougar Reservoir.
Continue on Aufderheide Drive south 5 miles to find Cougar Crossing Campground where the South Fork of the McKenzie River pours into Cougar Reservoir.
Cougar Crossing Campground is close to:
Read about camping rules, regulations and camping tips on our Camping Rules & Things to Know page.