Area Status: Closed
French Pete Campground is located at the confluence of French Pete Creek and the South Fork of the McKenzie River. The campground is heavily wooded with Douglas fir and Vine Maple. The shade from the canopy provides an escape from the summer heat. Campsites are nicely shaded with access to both French Pete Creek and the South Fork of the McKenzie River. This 17 site campground has toilets, water from a hand pump, fire rings, garbage service, and waste water disposal sites.
The area offers excellent opportunities for fishing, hiking, boating, swimming, camping, picnicking, and scenic drives.
Access to the Three Sisters Wilderness from the French Pete Creek Trail is located across the road. Fishing in the McKenzie River is “catch and release” only for trout. Terwilliger (Cougar) Hot Springs are nearby for a nice soak. Cougar Reservoir and Hidden Lake are also in the vicinity, offering additional recreation options.
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 Campsites - $16 per night
- Multiple Campsites - $34 per night
- Extra Vehicles - $7 per vehicle, per night
- Day Use - $7 per vehicle, per day
||5/12/2017 - 9/10/2017
- 14 day limit
- Maximum trailer length 30 feet with limited area for manuvering
- See special regulations for the Cougar Recreation Area
||Yes, hand pumps
||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 Station
From Blue River, OR, travel 4 miles east on Highway 126 to Aufderheide Drive (Forest Service Road 19).
Continue south on Aufderheide Drive, turning right at the Y and climbing to the top of Cougar Reservoir.
Continue south on Aufderheide Drive 8 miles to French Pete Campground.
Three Sisters Wilderness
French Pete Trail Area
Box Canyon Trail Area
Indian Ridge Lookout
Cougar Crossing Campground
Cougar Crossing Day Use Area
Cougar Recreation Area (area is unavailable)
Read about camping rules, regulations and camping tips on our Camping Rules & Things to Know page.