Chewaucan Crossing Campground/Trailhead

Area Status: Open
Rustic campsite with fire ring and picnic table near a river.

This highly used campground is ideally located right on the Chewaucan River, 20 minutes south of Paisley, Oregon. Chewaucan Crossing Trailhead, within the campground, accesses Fremont National Recreation Trail #160 a multi-use trail, and a challenging trek in both directions as hikers must climb out of the river canyon. You can hike, mountain bike, or horseback ride north to Yamsay Mountain or south to Cox Pass. A pedestrian bridge crosses the river and links to the trail.

There are many fishing opportunities for rainbow and brook trout. The site  is surrounded by a high desert, pine, and juniper setting. Amenities include a vault toilet, parking area, adequate trailer turnaround, horse corrals, and each of the five campsites has a picnic table and fire ring. 

Alert: There is no potable water. Visitors need to pack plenty of water. Remember to “pack it in, pack it out.”

At a Glance

Current Conditions: (Paisley Ranger District)
Reservations: First come, first serve
Fees: No fee
Open Season: 05/15 - 10/15;10/16-05/14 Open with reduced services
Usage: Medium
Closest Towns: Paisley, OR
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet (1)
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Paisley Ranger District

General Information


Chewaucan Crossing Trailhead is located 20 minutes south of Paisley, Oregon. From Paisley, take County Highway 2-08 (also known as Mill Street) for almost two miles and then merge left onto Forest Service (FS) Road 33. Chewaucan Crossing trailhead will be on the left side of FS Road 33.

A sturdy pedestrian bridge spans the river at the campground, connecting trail segments.

Bridge spanning the river at Chewaucan Crossing Campground.

Fishing in the Chewaucan River

Fishing in the Chewaucan River

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

RV Camping

River and Stream Fishing

Day Hiking


Horse Camping

Horse Riding

Viewing Wildlife

Viewing Plants


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4900 feet