Squaw Lakes Campground

  

Squaw Lakes is one of more popular areas in the Applegate Recreation Area! If you want to get away from it all and really enjoy the beauty of southwest Oregon, Squaw Lakes is the ideal opportunity for that. The air is clean and the water fresh,and at night, the stars are bright!

Hiking and fishing top the list of recreational opportunities at Squaw Lakes Campground. Two mountain lakes, a river and a handful of hiking trails are accessible from the campground. Anglers enjoy the remote location and scenic backdrop of two natural lakes, providing excellent fishing opportunities for coldwater and warmwater species. Squaw Lake, larger than its sister, sustains rainbow and cutthroat trout, yellow perch, brown bullhead and black bass. Little Squaw Lake provides a rare fishery for 8-11" wild, native coastal cutthroat trout. A 0.25-mile hiking trail connects the lakes. Motors are not permitted on the lakes. From the campground, Little Squaw Trail is a 1-mile interpretive hike that provides visitors with many opportunities for picnicking and swimming. The 2-mile Summit Lake Trail travels through a mixed conifer forest and small water crossings. Paddle boats alone are allowed on the lake, making it a great place to canoe or raft and check out the wildlife.

Squaw Lakes Campground contains 10 individual sites and five group sites. All sites are walk-in and designated for tent camping only. They are reachable by walking on foot trails from the parking area. Vehicles must be parked outside the gated area, and all personal belongings must be carried to the campsite. The closest campsites are approximately 1/4 mile from parking and the farthest campsites are approximately 1.5 miles from parking. During specific hours (variable), the concessionaire does offer an ATV portage service for your camping gear. They do not transport people. This service is at the discretion of the Camp Host, and charged at $10 per trip. Picnic tables, campfire rings and vault toilets are provided. Drinking water is provided via a hand-pump, located near site # 2. Most sites are located at the water's edge. 

Please note: There is a two-night minimum when you desire to reserve a Friday or Saturday night. Visit www.applegatelake.com for more information.

In addition to camping, there is a popular Day use area within the Campground.

Seasonal information: Squaw Lakes Campground and Day use remains open all year, with no fee charged from November through mid-May. However, there are no services during the off-season. Pack out all trash, and please, Leave No Trace.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Campground remains open from November - mid-May with no fee charged. However, there are no services provided in the off-season. Pack out all trash. Leave No Trace.
Reservations: IMPORTANT NOTE: Do not go up to Squaw Lakes without a reservation.  You need a confirmation slip in-hand. Sites are checked regularly and you will be asked to leave, if you do not have a confirmed reservation. Advanced reservations can be made at www.recreation.gov, or by calling (877) 444-6777.
Fees
  • Standard Campsites (includes one vehicle): $15/site
  • Group sites (includes 2 vehicles): $40/night
  • Additional Vehicles: $5/day per vehicle
  • Day Use: $5
All sites at Squaw Lakes can be used during the off-season, for free. However, there are no services from November through mid-May, and visitors must pack out their garbage and practice Leave No Trace ethics.
Open Season: Open all year. Fees apply early-May through mid-September.
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions:
  • 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
Passes:
  • 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 a concessionaire. Please contact them with questions or concerns or by calling (541) 899-9220.

General Information

Directions:

From Jacksonville, OR, travel south for 6.5 miles on Highway 238 to Ruch, OR, and turn left on to Upper Applegate Road (County Road 859). Continue south approximately 14 miles to Applegate Lake and turn left on Forest Road 1075 and continue 8.5 miles to the parking area.


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The campground remains open from November through mid-May with no fee charged. However, there is no drinking water or garbage service during this time. Please remember to pack your drinking water in and to pack your garbage out.


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