Crane Crossing

Area Status: Unknown

This is a small rustic camp area near the North Fork Malheur Wild and Scenic River. This site is a great get away for those looking for something quiet and out of the way.  The camping area sets just at the trailhead.  The trail can be taken to the west and go along the Crane Creek trail or north and head up to the North Fork Malheur trailhead. 

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Visitors should be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions. Please remember that if you pack it in, please pack it out with you.This site burned in the Black Butte Fire of 2021. Watch for fire weakened and hazardous trees while in the area.
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Prairie City, OR
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet (2)
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information


From the town of Prairie City, OR., turn onto South Main Street.  Follow South Main Street to the junction with Bridge Street.  Turn left onto Bridge Street and follow past the local cemetary, the road then becomes County Road 62.  Follow County Road 62 for approximately 20 miles to the junction with Forest Service Road 16.  Turn east onto Forest Service Road 16 for approximately 11 miles to the junction with Forest Service Road 1675.  Follow Forest Service Road 1675 approximately 6 miles to the junction with Forest Service Road 774.  Follow Forest Service Road 774 to the traihead.


Parking at the trailhead is limited.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Dispersed Camping

Day Hiking

Crane Crossing along the Malheur Wild and Scenic River allows visitors to head west on the Crane Creek Trail #381A.  This is a 6.5 mile trail through pondersoa and lodge pole pine.

This trail is used by OHV, bicycles, and horse riders please be prepared to share the trail.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities



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