Area Status: Closed
Camping groups looking for a more rustic riverside experience will enjoy Red Diamond in Willamette National Forest. This small site is located adjacent to the South Fork of the McKenzie River and offers a quiet, primitive setting. The campground can accommodate up to 25 guests and provides plenty of shade for warm, summer days. The campground is laid out on one loop with picnic tables, campfire rings and ample parking. Portable toilets and trash collection are provided. No water is available, so be sure to bring your own supply.
Fishing, kayaking and swimming are three popular activities on the river. Picnicking is also a lot of fun at the campground. Hiking trails can be found in the surrounding area and the Cougar Reservoir is just a short drive north. Nearby is the Box Canyon Trail Area with excellent opportunities for mountain biking, hiking and horseback riding. Try Chucksney Mountain Trail, Grasshopper Mountain Trail and Roaring Ridge.
At a Glance
||McKenzie River Ranger District: Campground closed through May 11, 2017
||Reserve online at www.recreation.gov or phone 1.877.444.6777.
- Single Campsite - $16 per night
- Group Campsite (all sites, 25 people) - $40 per night
- Extra Vehicles - $7 per vehicle, per night
- Day Use - $7 per vehicle, per day
- 14 day limit
- Maximum trailer length 36 feet
||5/12/2017 - 9/10/2017
||Interagency Senior and Access Passes (and the Golden Age and Access Passes) may receive a 50% discount on the use fee for individual campsites. This discount does not apply to extra vehicle fee or multiple campsites.
||American Land & Leisure
||McKenzie River Ranger District
19 miles southeast of Blue River.
From Blue River, OR, travel 4 miles east on Highway 126 to Aufderheide Drive (Forest Service Road 19).
Proceed south on Aufderheide Drive, taking the Y and climbing to the top of Cougar Reservoir. Continue south on Aufderheide Drive for 13 miles to Red Diamond Group Campsite.
Fire rings, ample parking, garbage service
Read about camping rules, regulations and camping tips on our Camping Rules & Things to Know page.