North Fork Malheur Campground

Area Status: Open

Near the Wild and Scenic North Fork Malheur River, fishing for Rainbow Trout is popular. Within 1/2 of a mile of the campsite is the North Fork Malheur Trailhead.  The area is an excellent base camp for hunters, hikers or anyone just looking for a quiet get away.  The road in to this area is quite rough and becomes very muddy after periods of rain.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 05/17/2023: Open; The 13rd is unpassable, utilize the 16rd. 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: No fee
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Prairie City, OR
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet (1), compacted gravel approach with concrete pad entry.
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 continue past the cemetary, the road then becomes County Road 62.  Follow County Road 62 approximately 20 miles to the junction with Forest Road 16, turn east onto Forest Road 16.  Follow Forest Raod 16 for approximately 12 miles to the junction with Forest Road 1675, the turn will be on the right.  Follow Forest Road 1675 for approximately 2 miles to the campground.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

This 5 site campground has extended concrete picnic tables, raised fire rings compacted dirt and gravel parking areas for tents and camp trailers.  The bathrooms have a compacted gravel/concrete approach. 

No. of Sites 5 single site(s)
Reservation Info Not reservable
No. of Accessible sites None

River and Stream Fishing

Good fishing can be had in the North Fork Wild & Scenic River.

Rainbow Trout can be caught in the North Fork of the Malheur River.  Other species such as Bull Trout can also be caught, however these fish are on the ESA Threatened list.  Bull Trout must be released back into the river if caught. For more regulations and open fishing seasons please visit the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

Day Hiking

The North Fork Malheur trailhead begins just a short distance from the campground.  The trail weaves through old growth ponderosa pine along the beautiful North Fork of the Malheur Wild & Scenic River.

This trail is a medium use trail, use of the trail becomes busier in during late July through the fall during big game hunting seasons.

Big Game Hunting

Big game hunting is very popular throughout the forest during late summer and early fall.  Rocky Mountain Elk and Mule deer are the major big game that is hunted in the area.  For information on regulations and season please visit the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Visitors are reminded that the discharge of fire arms is prohibited within any campground on the Malheur National Forest.

Small Game Hunting

Many hunters like the area for turkey, grouse, and chucker hunting.  For information on upland game tags as well as other bird hunting regulations please visit the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Visitors are reminded that the discharge of firearms in any campground on the Malheur National Forest is prohibited.

Viewing Wildlife

Wildlife is abundant in the area, ranging from big game animals such as Rocky Mountain Elk and mule deer to a wide variety of birds including hawks and eagles.  Smaller creatures call the area home as well including squirrels and chipmunks.

Viewing Plants

This campground sets amongst beautiful ponderosa pine trees.  In spring and throughout the early summer wildflowers can be seen throughout the area.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities



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