Deerhorn Campground

Area Status: Closed

This small campground offers fishing, exploring, nature watching and hunting opportunities in the Middle Fork John Day River State Scenic Waterway.  The campground is busiest during late summer and hunting season. 

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 01/20/2023: Closed; no access due to snow. Visitors should be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions. Pack it in/Pack it out. Anything take home anything you bring with you into the forest, including all trash. Examples of trash: cigarette butts, cans, bottles, and food. Please follow local and state health guidelines.
Reservations: Campgrounds on the Malheur National Forest are first come first serve. 
Fees: $8/Night for single unit, $4/Night for extra vehicle
Usage: Heavy
Closest Towns: Austin Junction, OR
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet (1)
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information


From Prairie City, OR., travel east on Highway 26 approximately 13 miles to the junction of Highway 26 and Highway 7.  Turn onto Highway 7 for approximately 1/8th of a mile to the junction with County Road 20, turn onto County Road 20.  On County Road 20 travel approximately 4 miles, the campground will be on your left.  The turn for the campground is on a corner, the entrance is marked with a small green sign. 

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

Deerhorn Campground has 5 sites, one can accomodate a 30' rv, this includes camper and vehicle.

No. of Sites 5 single site(s)
Reservation Info Not reservable
No. of Accessible sites 1 of 5

River and Stream Fishing

The Middle Fork of the John Day River runs along the edge of the campground affording excellent opportunities for fishing.  For regulation and license information please visit the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Big Game Hunting

The campground is very popular during big game hunting seasons.  Rocky Mountain Elk and mule deer are very popular big game animals hunted in the area.  For regulation and license information please visit the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities



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