Willow Prairie Cabin

Area Status: Open

Willow Prairie CabinReturn to the Old West and live the life of a cowboy, holing up in a rustic log cabin and riding the extensive trails through the forest on horseback.

Willow Prairie Cabin is located in the southwest portion of the magnificent volcanic Cascade Mountain Range at the foot of Mt. McLoughlin, at an elevation of 4,300 feet. The one-room cabin can accommodate up to four people; however, it is furnished with only two sleeping cots. It has two shutter-style windows without glass, a wood stove for heat, and rustic furnishings, including a table and chairs. There is counter space for meal preparation and places to hang lanterns. Water is available at the campground. Outside amenities include a campfire ring and picnic table for outdoor dining. Firewood is often available and is intended for indoor use only. However, the supply cannot be guaranteed. The supply may run low and what is there may have to be split by the visitor with the tools provided. Guests are encouraged to bring their own. A vault toilet is located in the adjacent campground near the cabin. Guests must supply their own camp stove, cookware, utensils and dishes, sleeping bags, towels, dish soap, matches, first aid kit, light source, toilet paper and garbage bags. There is a picnic table and rock fire ring outside the cabin for campfires.

Amenities for horses: There are four 12 x 12 foot paddocks and water troughs near the cabin for up to four horses.

The cabin is adjacent to the Willow Prairie Campground , and is surrounded by more than 19 miles of horse trails. In addition to horseback riding, enjoy camping, hunting and winter sports, such as crosscountry skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling.The wetlands adjacent to the cabin provide an excellent area for birding enthusiasts to watch for sandhill cranes, great blue herons, Canada geese, ducks and red-tailed hawks.


Willow Prairie Cabin is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1924 by the road crew constructing the Butte Falls/Fish Lake Highway, they used it as a base-camp while they completed their task during 1924-1926. Willow Prairie was very remote in those days, so the crew could not travel to their homes at the end of the day. Over the years the Forest Service preserved the cabin, and built the Willow Prairie Campground adjacent to the cabin site. In 1991 the campground was converted to a horse camp, and the cabin is considered a premium site for equestrians. However, the cabin is definitely also available for rent by people without horses.

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At a Glance

Reservations: Reservations: www.recreation.gov  
  • $35/night
Usage: Medium
Closest Towns:
  • 18 miles from Butte Falls, OR
  • 30 miles from White City, OR
  • 31 miles from Ashland, OR
  • 38 miles from Medford, OR
Information Center: High Cascades Ranger District

General Information


From Butte Falls, OR, take the Butte Falls - Fish Lake Highway (County Road 821) approximately 17 miles southeast to Forest Road 3738. Turn west on Forest Road 3738 and drive 1.3 miles to the intersection of Forest Road 3735. Continue west across the intersection, off the main road, and on to a little dirt road. At the next junction, turn left and the cabin will soon be in sight. For an alternative route, bypassing the town of Butte Falls, travel State Highway 140 to the Fish Lake vicinity and take the County Road 821 turn-off to the north toward Butte Falls, and then continue on to Forest Road 3738.

Wheeled-vehicle access is usually possible only from late spring through fall. Vehicle access in winter is subject to weather conditions. Winter parking along Highway 140 is permissible in designated areas with an Oregon State Sno-Park Permit. Winter access on skis or snowmobiles can range from 2 to 6 miles, and the difficulty level will be moderate to difficult depending on snow conditions.

Visitors pulling a trailer or driving a low-clearance vehicle must turn left at the intersection of Forest Road 3738 and Forest Road 3735 and travel a quarter of a mile to the Willow Prairie Campground overflow parking area. This is where horses may be unloaded and horse trailers, as well as vehicles, may be parked during the visitor’s stay.

General Notes:
  • No smoking
  • Pets are welcome but must be leashed


  • Corrals
  • Vault Toilet
  • Wood Stove
  • Picnic Table
  • Rock Fire Ring
  • There are additional campsites at the adjacent Willow Prairie Campground

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Cabin Rentals

The cabin is adjacent to the Willow Prairie Campground , and is surrounded by nineteen-plus miles of horse trails. There are four 12 x 12 foot paddocks and water troughs near the cabin for up to four horses. In addition to horseback riding, enjoy camping, hunting and winter sports, such as cross country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. Adjacent to the camp is Willow Prairie, a large wetlands with a beaver swamp, and several large ponds where wildlife abounds. Watch for sandhill cranes, great blue herons, Canada geese, ducks, and red-tailed hawks, as well as elk, and deer.

Reservation Info This site can be reserved by calling Toll Free 1-877-444-6777 (International 518-885-3639 or TDD 877-833-6777) or on-line at www.recreation.gov

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4,300 feet