Jackson Campground

Area Status: Open

Jackson Campground sits on the shores of the Applegate River, a popular recreation site located north of the Red Buttes Wilderness Area. Visitors enjoy swimming, cycling, boating, canoeing, fishing and hiking the various trails near the river. 

Nearby is the inactive Bigfoot trap, built in 1974 by the North American Wildlife Research Team and found along the Collings Mountain Trail. The trap was inspired by a miner who lived near the Applegate River who claimed to have found 18-inch-long, human-like tracks in his garden. The organization operated the trap, keeping it baited with carcasses for six years, but caught only bears. Currently the Forest Service keeps an eye on the trap, but otherwise does not maintain it. It's a popular site in the area, as it's the only known bigfoot trap in the world!

The campground has eight tent only campsites, three dry RV sites and one group site. Campsites are located along the Applegate River. Camp trailers are not recommended due to tight corners and short campsite spur lengths. The day use area is adjacent to campground. Drinking water and flush toilets are available, as well as an on-site general store. Kayak and paddle board rentals are available at Applegate, $30 for 3-hrs or $45 all-day. There is also a boat ramp offered. Please note, there is a two-night minimum when you desire to reserve a Friday or Saturday night.

Rates are:

  • Standard site: $20/night
  • Non-electric and dry RV Sites: $20/night
  • Group Site: $40/night

Reservations are made through www.recreation.gov or by calling 1 (877) 444-6777.


At a Glance

Reservations: Jackson Campground is managed by a concessionaire, and sites can be reserved online at www.recreation.gov or by calling (877) 444-6777.
  • Standard site: $30/night
  • Non-electric and dry RV Sites: $30/night
  • Group Site: $75/night
  • Addtional Vehicles: $5/each additional vehicle
Usage: Light-Medium
  • Quiet hours between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
  • Campfires in developed fire pits only
  • Fireworks are prohibited
  • Dogs must be on leash
  • OHV/ATV use prohibited in the campground
Closest Towns:
  • Jacksonville, OR
  • Medford, OR
  • Grants Pass, OR
Operated By: Concessionaire
Information Center: This site is located on the Siskiyou Mountains Ranger District, and is managed by a concessionaire. Please contact them with all questions and concerns, or call (541) 899-9220 .

General Information


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 approximately 7 miles to the campground.

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1,700 feet