Bolan Lake Campground

Bolan Lake Campground sits along the shores of Bolan Lake, a 12-acre lake sitting high above the Illinois Valley. Campsites are in a dispersed camping area, but are equipped with tables and fire pits. Large conifers provide shade in the heat of summer months, and the wildflowers are not to be missed in this area in the early summer.

Bolan Lake Trail #1245, located within the campground, climbs up to the old fire lookout on Bolan Peak. The lookout is available for rent; reservations must be made at


  • 12 campsites with picnic tables, and fire pits
  • No drinking water
  • 2 vault toilets
  • No garbage disposal - Please pack it out

At a Glance

Reservations: First come, first served
  • $10/night for campsite
  • $5/night for additional vehicle
Usage: Medium
  • Quiet hours between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m.
  • Campfires in developed fire pits only
  • Fireworks are prohibited
  • Dogs must be on leash
  • OHV/ATV use prohibited in the campground
  • Maximum length of stay: 14 days
Closest Towns:
  • Cave Junction, OR
  • Grants Pass, OR
  • Medford, OR
Water: No drinking water available
Restroom: Vault Toilet
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Wild Rivers Ranger District

General Information


From Cave Junction, OR, travel south on Highway 199 about 1 mile to Rockydale Road (1st left after crossing the river). Travel south to the end of Rockydale (about 7 miles), and turn left on Waldo / Happy Camp Road. Head east on the Happy Camp Road about 13 miles to Forest Road 4812, take Forest Road 4812 about 4.1 miles to junction with Forest Road 4812-040. The Campground is about another 4 miles.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

  • Rustic camping around a nice mountain lake.
  • Access to the wilderness and other mountain lakes.
  • The camp sites are below the Bolan Mountain Lookout with a nice trail to the lookout.
  • Only non-motorized boats are allowed on the lake. 

Day Hiking

Difficulty Level: Easy to More Difficult

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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5,500 feet