Sarah Totten Campground


Area Status: Open

Hamburg was named in 1851 by Sigmond Simon, a German miner who prospered in the mercantile business at Scott Bar. Hamburg boasted a population of 5000 around 1880. Hamburg Postmaster Dan Caldwell built the old store west of the campground along the highway in 1859. Caldwell's sister-in-law, Sarah Totten, operated the store/hotel until she died and it closed in 1930. Sarah owned property where the campground is located. She donated the land to the Forest Service on the condition they use it as a recreation area. It was named in her honor. Crumpled structures and rock foundations are all that remain of the Johnston's Store, Bailey Post Office, and Bucket Of Blood Saloon. In Hamburg's prime, these establishments catered to wealthy fly fishermen and sportsmen, including Zane Grey.

**Sarah Totten downriver group camp site is closed for the season, effective October 17**

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 11/01/23 Closed for the season.
Rentals & Guides: For a list of outfitters and guides permitted by the US Forest Service to operate on the Klamath National Forest click here.
Fees: Family Camp $10 per night, Group Camps $50 per night by reservation only at www.recreation.gov or 1-877-444-6777
Permit Info: The 2 Group Camps are by reservation only at www.recreation.gov or 1-877-444-6777
Usage: Medium
Busiest Season: July-September
Restrictions: Dogs on leash only. Please clean up after your dog.  Camping limit 14 days.
Closest Towns: Hamburg (limited services) 1 mile, Seiad 11 miles
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Vault
Passes: America the Beautiful Senior Pass and Access Pass are honored at Curly Jack Campground. Information posted at the bulletin board at the entrance.
Operated By: US Forest Service

General Information

Directions:

From I-5 west on Hwy 96 approx 32 miles to the campground on the right. One mile before the town of Hamburg.


Parking:

Two vehicles allowed per campsite including trailers. Additional vehicles should park in the Day Use parking area.


Parking:

Watch overhead for low-hanging branches


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities

Campground Camping

Camping on the Klamath River in Hamburg.

No. of Sites 8
Reservation Info Reservations not available. All sites are first come, first served.
 
Fire Information Campfires permitted in fire rings provided, subject to local restrictions.
No. of Accessible sites Some
Fees: $10 per night, $50 per group site by reservation only

RV Camping

Camping on the Klamath River in Hamburg.

General Info:

Parking

Watch overhead for low-hanging branches


No. of Sites 8
Reservation Info No reservations
Pavement Type for Parking Gravel
Hookup - Water Water available, no hook-ups
Hookup - Sewer No
Size Restrictions 28' limit on most sites. Two sites up to 45'
Dump Stations No
Hookups - Electric No
Fire Information Campfires in fire rings provided, subject to local restrictions.
No. of Accessible sites Some

Group Camping

Two group camps for 30 persons each on the Klamath River near Hamburg.

No. of Sites 2
Reservation Info By reservation only at www.recreation.gov or 1-877-444-6777.
Group Shelter None
Group Cooking Facilities None
Hookups - Electric None
Fire Information Campfires in fire rings provided, subject to local restrictions.
No. of Accessible sites Some
Sleeping Shelter None

River and Stream Fishing

Special Designations Regulations for the Salmon, Scott and Klamath Rivers are published in May each year in "Freshwater & Ocean Sport Fishing Supplement"
Fish Species Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon, Steelhead and Trout
Water Temperature Water temperature fluctuates with seasons, flow level and water depth.
Water/Flow Level Water flow in creeks and rivers fluctuate with seasons, rainfall and snow pack. For realtime flow data please click on the following link: waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv
Difficulty Level: Easy

Viewing Wildlife

A good area for riparian wildlife, small animals and deer.

Picnicking

Hamburg was named in 1851 by Sigmond Simon, a German miner who prospered in the mercantile business at Scott Bar. Hamburg boasted a population of 5000 around 1880. Hamburg Postmaster Dan Caldwell built the old store west of the campground along the highway in 1859. Caldwell's sister-in-law, Sarah Totten, of Shasta Indian descent, operated the store/hotel until she died and it closed in 1930. The deteriorating gray structure still stands to this day. Sarah owned property where the campground is located. She donated the land to the Forest Service on the condition they use it as a recreation area. It was named in her honor. There is one picnic site for day use.
No. of Sites 1
No. of Accessible sites None

Scenic Driving

On the State of Jefferson Scenic Byway, the Sarah Totten Campground can accommodate trailers, RVs and tent campers. It's also a popular launching point for floating the Klamath River.

Pavement Type for Parking Paved and gravel parking spurs for campsites.
Size Restrictions No size restrictions. Limited number of large spaces.

Boating - Non-Motorized

This is a popular area for river rafters. Boats may be launched from the graded, gravel ramp to the water's edge.

Launch Ramps None
Trailer Parking Good Parking
Class of rapids Water level, flow and class of rapids can change seasonally. Contact the District Office in advance for information on rapids.
Type of Craft All portable boats capable of being carried.
Water/Flow Level For realtime flow data please click on the following link: waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv
Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Difficult

Swimming

Swimming, wading and water play off the gravel bar in the Klamath River.
Clothing Requirements Swimming attire required.
Water Temperature Water temperature fluctuates with seasons, flow level and water depth.
Water/Flow Level Water flow in creeks and rivers fluctuate with seasons, rainfall and snow pack.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Difficult

Tubing

Tubing, wading and water play off the gravel bar on the Klamath River. BEWARE: Currents can carry tubes downstream very quickly!
Water/Flow Level Water flow in creeks and rivers fluctuate with seasons, rainfall and snow pack.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Difficult

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Highlights

Location

 
  Latitude : 
41.78735

  Longitude : 
-123.05282

  Elevation : 
1400'