Haystack Reservoir Campground and Day Use Area

Area Status: Open
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This is the premier campground in the scenic high desert of the Crooked River National Grassland, and offers the most amenities to visitors. Located on the eastern shore of Haystack Reservoir and surrounded by native vegetation including sage brush and juniper trees, you can catch glimpses of the Three Sisters in the distance.  On hot summer days you can cool off in the water, or if you're getting hungry cast a line and you may get a bite.  There are nearby trails to accommodate hikers and mountain bikers as well.  Whatever your pleasure on the grassland, Haystack Reservoir is a great place to camp.

View a map of the Haystack Reservoir Campground and Day Use Area.

Also, see the Haystack West Shore Campground and Day Use Area and the Haystack South Shore Group Campground.

At a Glance

Reservations: Reservations can be made up to 6 months in advance, but not less than 1 day in advance.  To make a reservation call 1-877-444-6777 or visit http://www.recreation.gov.
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Boat ramp,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
  • Camping per site per night:  $20 single campsite/ $10 extra vehicle fee.  $50 weekday group site/$75 weekend. 
  • Day Use fee: $7/vehicle or group
Open Season: April 1 - October 31
Restrictions: 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: Madras, Oregon or Prineville, Oregon
Water: Drinking water is available at one water fill station
Restroom: Vault Toilets
  • Camping: 50% discount for single site camping only with any of these passes: Interagency Senior, Interagency Access, Golden Age, or Golden Access. 
  • Day use: Concessionaire (Aud and Di) season day use pass only is accepted.
Operated By: Aud & Di Campground Services (208) 270-0094
Information Center: Crooked River National Grassland
274 SW 4th Street
Madras, Oregon 97741
(541) 416-6640

General Information


From Madras, Oregon:

Travel south on Highway 97.

Exit Jericho Lane and head east for approximately 1.25 miles.

Turn right onto Springer Road (Forest Service Road 7130/ Forest Service Road 96) then proceed approximately 2.5 miles (you will pass West Shore and South Shore Campgrounds).

Turn left onto Forest Service Road 9605.

Haystack Campground will be on the left and the road will end at the day use area.

From Prineville, Oregon:

Travel north on Highway 26.

Exit Laurel Lane (Forest Service Road 96) and head west for approximately 4 miles.

Turn right onto Springer Road (Forest Service Road 7130/ Forest Service Road 96) and proceed approximately 1.5 miles.

Turn right onto Forest Service Road 9605.

Haystack Campground will be on the left and the road will end at the day use area.

General Notes:


For information regarding the concessionaire that operates this site please visit the web page for Aud & Di Campground Services at:http://www.audicampgrounds.com/

For fishing and hunting regulations please review the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife web page at: http://www.dfw.state.or.us/

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

24 standard campsites

On-site campground host

One wooden picnic table and one combination fire ring/grill per campsite

Two horseshoe pits

RV Camping

RV parking is available up to 32 feet, and there is a water filling station but no hook-ups or dumping facilities.

Pavement Type for Parking Asphalt
Hookup - Water No
Hookup - Sewer No
Size Restrictions Parking is acceptable for up to 32 feet in length.
Dump Stations No
Hookups - Electric No

Lake and Pond Fishing


Five shaded pavilions

12 wooden picnic tables

Boating - Motorized

One concrete boat ramp

Boating - Non-Motorized


One combination swimming and fishing beach

No Lifeguard on duty, swim at your own risk.


Interpretive Site: Information signs
Camping trailer: RV Parking up to 32 feet
Picnic tables: One picnic table per site, multiple tables at day use pavilions
Tent camping: There is room for tent(s) at every campsite
Toilets: Two vault outhouses
Parking: Day Use area and campsites
Boat ramp: One Concrete Boat Ramp
Drinking water: One water fill station

Related Information

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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