Sarah Totten Campground

Area Status: Temporarily Closed
This area is Closed

Picnic table and barbecue under the trees on the banks of the Klamath River

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.


At a Glance

Current Conditions: Campground and river access are temporarily closed.
Operational Hours: During the winter (mid-October to mid-May), limited services are available at Sarah Totten campground. No water is available and the downstream loop is closed. Sarah Totten campground will be fully open and have drinking water available May through October.
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 or 1-877-444-6777
Permit Info: The 2 Group Camps are by reservation only at 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


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


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


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