Head of the River Campground

Area Status: Open
Upper Williamson River

Located 50 minutes northeast of Chiloquin, OR, Head of the River Campground is a rustic forest camp situated at the headwaters of the Williamson River at the base of the hillside. The pure, spring-fed river flows by the rustic campground.

There are five campsites and one vaulted toiled.  Amenities include picnic tables and camp fire rings. June and July are heavy mosquito months, so bring bug spray.

There are no official trails for hiking at Head of the River, but you can walk down to the bank. Fly-fishing opportunities abound nearby; check the State of Oregon fishing regulations for precise locations. Head of the River is a popular campground for hunters in the fall.

There is no potable water. Visitors need to bring an adequate supply of water.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: (Chiloquin Ranger District)
Reservations: First come, first served
Area Amenities: Accessible, Tent camping, Picnic tables, Toilets
Fees: No fee
Open Season: 05/15 - 10/15; 10/16-05/14 Open with reduced services
Usage: Light-Medium
Restrictions: Due to small turn arounds, RV's not recommended.
Closest Towns: Chiloquin, OR
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet (1)
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Chiloquin Ranger District (541) 783-4001

General Information


Head of the River Campground is located one hour east of Chiloquin, Oregon.  

From Chiloquin, OR take Sprague River road east towards Sprague River, OR, for approximately five miles and then turn left onto Williamson River Road. From Williamson River Road, turn left onto Forest Service (FS) Road 4648 and left again on FS Road 4648030. The campground will be at the end of the road.

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Campground Camping

RV Camping

River and Stream Fishing

Big Game Hunting



Tent camping: 5 sites
Toilets: 1 vault toilet
Accessible: 1 site

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4200 feet