Wildcat Campground and Day Use Area

Area Status: Open
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This quiet and cool forested campground is one of the more popular fee campgrounds on the Ochoco National Forest because it is relatively close to town, yet provides an escape from the intense desert heat in the summer months.
It is located near Mill Creek Wilderness and gives campers opportunities to see old growth dependent species, such as the pileated woodpecker, and hike the Twin Pillars non-motorized trail.
Twin Pillars Trailhead is located adjacent to the campground providing access to Mill Creek Wilderness and Twin Pillars Trail (#832).

At a Glance

Reservations: This is a First Come, First Served facility.
Area Amenities: Tent camping, Camping trailer, Picnic tables, Toilets, Drinking water, Parking
Fees: $20 single campsite/ $10 extra vehicle fee.  $50 group site. 
Open Season: May 15 - October 15
Restrictions: No motorized vehicles or bicycles are permitted in Wilderness areas. There is a 14 day stay limit on all National Grassland and US Forest Service land including but not limited to campgrounds and other developed facilities.
Closest Towns: Prineville, Oregon
Water: Yes
Restroom: Vault Toilet (4)
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Ochoco National Forest
3160 NE Third Street
Prineville, Oregon 97754
(541) 416-6500

General Information


From Prineville, Oregon:

Take Highway 26 east for approximately 7 miles past Ochoco Reservoir.

Turn left onto Forest Service Road 33 (Mill Creek Road).  

Continue for approximately 10 miles to where Forest Service Road 33 makes a sharp left turn.  

Instead of taking the turn, continue straight and you will drive directly into Wildcat Campground. 

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

This campground offers 17 campsites, most of which are located adjacent to the East Fork of Mill Creek.  All campsites have room for tents as well as coming with a picnic table and a fire pit/grill.

No. of Sites 17 single site(s)

RV Camping

This campground has various sized parking spurs in each campsite, however the two loops in the campground are a little tight, so recreational vehicles and trailers longer than 20 feet are not recommended.  Additionally, though there may be parking for your vehicle there are no hook-ups offered at this campground so visitors should be self-contained.


The Wildcat Day Use area is located across Mill Creek from the parking lot and can be accessed via a wooden foot bridge.  There is no fee for picnicking here at this time.  Picnic tables are anchored to the ground either singly or in group clusters and there are a few communal fire pits/grills in the Day Use area.   This area does not take reservations and consequently remains open to everyone during the operating season of the facility.  Please be conscious of other users and only use the amenities that your group requires.  Your consideration is appreciated.


Camping trailer: Trailer space varies by campsite
Picnic tables: Each campsite has one picnic table, and there are several picnic tables at the Day Use site
Tent camping: Each campsite has plenty of space for tent camping
Parking: Parking in available at the Day Use location and also varies in campsites
Toilets: Vault Toilets (4)
Drinking water: Drinking water is available from a hand pump in the campground

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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