Cottonwood Campground

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed


The Cottonwood Recreation Area, located 45 minutes northwest of Lakeview, Oregon, is one of the busiest campgrounds in the southeast zone of the Fremont-Winema National Forest. Western white pine, white fir offer shade and aspens turn sunny gold every autumn. Abundant deer and even black bear can be sighted strolling through the campground. It’s essential to pack all food away in vehicles or hang it high.

This campground features 22 campsite, six vault toilets, potable water, and a seasonal camp host. Each campgrounds has a picnic table and campfire ring.

Additionally, there are four walk-in, tent only sites and one horse camp site. The horse camp includes its own corral and water area as well as a trailer turn-around. This high-elevation camp is generally free of snow mid-June through mid-October.

Cotton Meadows Lake, stocked with rainbow and Brook trout, offers excellent fishing. There are two day use areas and a boat launch on the lake. Only non-motorized and electric boat motors are allowed. Other recreation opportunities include hiking and exploring.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: (Lakeview Ranger District)
Operational Hours: Fire Area Emergency Closure Order Number 06-02-21-05 currently in effect through 12/31/2021, unless rescinded as public health conditions allow.
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water
Fees $6/Night for single unit, $2/Night for extra vehicle
Open Season: 5/15 - 10/15; 10/16-05/14 Open with reduced services
Usage: Light
Restrictions: ONLY electric motors allowed for boating.
Closest Towns: Lakeview, OR
Water: Potable Water
Restroom: Vault Toilet (6)
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Lakeview Ranger District

General Information


Cottonwood Campground is located 45 minutes northwest of Lakeview, OR.

From Lakeview, OR travel west on Oregon Highway 140 toward Bly, Oregon. Follow Hwy 140 then turn right on Forest Service (FS) Road 3870. Continue north on FS Road 3870, then follow the signs to the campground.

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Picnic tables
Tent camping
Toilets Six Vaulted Toilets
Drinking water