Idlewild Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Picnic shelter with multiple tables at Idlewild Campground

Constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the1930's, Idlewild Campground is an easily accessible campground located just off of US Highway 395.  Birdwatchers from all over visit Idlewild for an opportunity to glimpse the white-headed woodpecker.  A species found in only a few locations on the west coast of North America.  Look for woodpeckers foraging for food amongst the ponderosa pine trees found throughout the campground.  The campground is lightly used and only becomes busy during the fall hunting season.  Please pack out what you pack in, there is no trash service provided at this campground.

Idlewild campground has a beautiful wood framed, open air pavilion which can be reserved by going to, or calling 1-877-444-6777.  The pavilion rents for $25.00 a day with a $9.00 service fee for the reservation. 

The campground is a great place for those traveling through who would like a nice quiet place to camp that is easy to reach.

Printable map of trails in the area.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 10/11/19: This campground is open and the water is turned on for the season.
Fees $10/Night for single unit, $5/Night for extra vehicle
Usage: Light
Restrictions: This campground can accomodate camp trailers 20 ft and under in length.
Closest Towns: Burns, OR
Water: Potable Water
Restroom: Vault Toilet Accessible (4)
Passes: Oregon State Sno-Park Permit is required from November 1st through April 30th. 
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information


Directions from Burns, OR., travel 2.8 miles on US Highway 20 to the junction with US Highway 395, turn left onto US Highway 395 and head north.  Follow US Highway 395 for approximately 14.6 miles to the junction with Forest Road 2820.  Continue on Forest Road 2820 for 0.8 miles to the junction with Idlewild Campground Road.  Follow Idlewild Road for approximately 1 mile to the campground.

General Notes:

Drinking water is available only during warmer months; water will be shut off from early to mid-October until mid to late May or early June depending on temperatures. 

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information



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Campground Camping

This campground is an excellent stop for travelers heading north or south on US Highway 395.  Enjoy a relaxing visit set amongst ponderosa pine trees. 

Fire InformationCampfires are currently allowed. 
No. of Sites22 single site(s), 3 double site(s), 1 20-50 people group site(s)
Reservation InfoCamp sites are not reservable.  The only area that is reservable is the  picnic shelter.
No. of Accessible sites26

RV Camping

Hookup - SewerNo
Hookups - ElectricNo
Dump StationsNo
Pavement Type for ParkingNative Material
No. of Sites19 single site(s), 3 double site(s), 1 20-50 people group site(s)
Reservation InfoNot reservable
Hookup - WaterNo


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