Hart-tish Campground

Area Status: Open

Located in southwest Oregon in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, Hart-Tish Park is surrounded by a variety of landscapes, boasting nearby volcanic peaks, rivers and old-growth forests. Hart-Tish Park offers several acres of beautifully groomed lawn sloping down to the shores of Applegate Lake. Visitors can spot the peaks of the majestic Red Buttes Wilderness while looking south over the lake.

Hart-tish offers day use areas for swimmers, and the convenience of a cement boat ramp for those looking to launch their boats! The Applegate Lake borders the campground making the view worth the drive. Hart-tish has eight tent sites set in shaded trees, all with their own campfire and BBQ pits. RV sites are located in front of the general store, and offer visitors a spectacular view of the lake. All of the campsites are dry camping (no water); however, there is a clean and modern restroom for your convenience. For a small day use fee, you can launch your boat at the cement dock and enjoy the beautiful Applegate Lake.

Trails around the lake provide hikers and mountain bikers room to roam. Kayak and stand up paddleboard (SUP) rentals are also available.

Hart-Tish park is one of the few Forest Service campgrounds with several acres of beautifully groomed lawn sloping down to the water's edge. From Hart-Tish one can look south across the lake to the peaks of the majestic Red Buttes Wilderness. The boat ramp is usable until the lake drops below 1,928 feet (above sea level) or when the facility is closed for winter.

Nearby Hiking Opportunities: Applegate Lake trail system, including Da-ku-be-te-de Trail, Grouse Loop Trail, and the Collings Mountain Trail.

The site is operated by a concessionaire. Reservations must be made through www.recreation.gov, or by calling (541) 899-9220.


At a Glance

Reservations: This site is operated through a concessionaire. Advanced reservations can be made at www.recreation.gov.
  • Standard Campsites (non-electric tent sites): $30/night
  • Dry RV Sites (8 available): $30/night
  • Group Site: $75/night
  • Day use: $7
  • Boat Launch: $10
Open Season: early May - mid-September
  • Quiet hours between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
  • Campfires in developed fire pits only
  • Fireworks are prohibited
  • Dogs are allowed
  • OHV/ATV use prohibited
  • 10 m.p.h. speed limit on Applegate Lake
Closest Towns:
  • Jacksonville, OR
  • Medford, OR
  • Grants Pass, OR
  • Camping: 50% discount for single site camping with any of these passes: Interagency Annual, Interagency Senior, Interagency Access, Golden Age and Golden Access.
  • Day use: 50% discount for day use with any of the above passes as well as Interagency Military pass.
Operated By: Concessionaire
Information Center: This site is operated by our concessionaire. Please contact them with questions or concerns, or call (541) 899-9220.

General Information


Accessible fishing access.


From Jacksonville, OR, travel south 6.5 miles on Highway 238 to Ruch, OR, and turn left on to Upper Applegate Road (County road 859). Continue 16 miles to Hart-tish, about 0.5 mile past (south) dam.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Mountain Biking

  • Collings Mountain Trail #943
  • Grouse Loop Trail #941
  • Da ku be te de Trail #940

Campground Camping

  • Tent and RV Camping

Lake and Pond Fishing

  • Paved launch ramp with large dock

Fishing License

Oregon state fishing license required. See Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for more information.

Day Hiking

  • Collings Mountain Trail #943
  • Grouse Loop Trail #941
  • Da ku be te de Trail #940

Viewing Wildlife

  • Raptors
  • Bald Eagles
  • Osprey


  • Large green lawn area attached to swimming area
  • Small store with ice and basic supplies

Boating - Motorized

  • 10 mile per hour speed limit

Boating - Non-Motorized

  • Some afternoon winds


  • Swimming area

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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2,000 feet