McKee Bridge Picnic Site


This historic picnic shelter was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s and is located adjacent to the historic McKee Covered Bridge. This day use area provides access to the Applegate River where people enjoy fishing, wading, and swimming. Much of the day use area is flat and easily accessed, except for the steps down to the river.

Please note: In an effort to make this site family-friendly, this has been an alcohol-free site since 2009.


  • 45 picnic sites
  • Host available
  • No fire pit
  • Drinking water
  • Vault toilet
  • No garbage service - Please pack it out

At a Glance

  • $50 per group for day use
  • $25 for the community kitchen
Open Season: Spring
Usage: Light-Medium
Closest Towns: Jacksonville, OR
Water: Drinking water
Restroom: Vault toilets
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Siskiyou Mountains Ranger District

General Information


From Jacksonville, OR, travel 6.5 miles south on Highway 238 to the community of Ruch, OR. From Ruch, OR, turn left on to Upper Applegate Road (County Road 859). Continue south approximately 8 miles to McKee Bridge Day Use Area.

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