Middle Fork Campground

Area Status: Open

This small campground along the Scenic Middle Fork of the John Day River set back amongst beautiful ponderosa pine trees is a great spot for fishing and viewing spawning steelhead in the fall.  The campground is a good starting point for hunters, hikers and those wishing to see beautiful scenery, wildlife and wildflowers.  The campground sets just off of the county road allowing for easy access to all variety of vehicles and bicycles. 

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 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.
Fees: $8/Night for single unit, $4/Night for extra vehicle
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Austin Junction, OR
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet (2)
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information


From the town of Prairie City, OR, travel east on US Highway 26 approximately 11 miles to the junction of US Highway 7, follow US Highway 7 for approximately 1 mile to the junction with County Road 20, junction will be on the left.  Follow County Road 20 for approximately 5 miles, the campground will be on the left.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

This 10 site campground can accommodate up to a 30' camptrailer length includes vehicle. 

No. of Sites 9 single site(s), 1 double site(s)
Reservation Info Not reservable
No. of Accessible sites None

River and Stream Fishing

Fishing for rainbow and redband trout and for seasonal runs of spring chinook and summer steelhead is good in the area.  For regulation and license information please visit the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Fish Species Rainbow and redband trout, spring chinook, and summer steelhead.

Day Hiking

Blackeye Trail #243 (area is unavailable), Sunrise Butte Trail #255 and Davis Creek Trail West Trailhead are located within a few miles of the campground allowing for great day hikes.

Big Game Hunting

Rocky Mountain Elk and Mule Deer hunting is popular in the area during the fall and early winter months.  For hunting regulations and license information please visit the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities



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