Willow Prairie Horse Campground
Each site in the campground has four corrals. Nestled in tall timber just southwest of Mt. McLouglin is a beautiful meadow called Willow Prairie. Adjacent to the camp is a wetlands with a beaver swamp, and several large ponds where wildlife abounds. Keep your eyes open for sandhill cranes, Canada geese, ducks, elk, and deer.
A campground host is onsite between Memorial Day and Labor Day to answer any questions about the campground, the nineteen miles of maintained horse trails, or about the surrounding area in general. As volunteers, our hosts provide a great service for our visitors. If they make contact and ask you to comply with a specific regulation, they are only doing what the Forest Service has asked them to do. Please respect this, and if you have disagreement, contact the Butte Falls Ranger District.
The Willow Prairie Guard Station was constructed on the edge of the meadow in 1924 by a Forest Service road crew. Its main purpose at that time was as a firefighter guard station. The original cabin was recently restored by local volunteers and employees of the Butte Falls Ranger District. These volunteers represented the Rogue Snowmobile Club, Boy Scouts, and the Coalition of Equestrian Clubs.
The Campground has been in existence since the 1950's. In 1990, it was converted to a horse camp with 19 miles of interconnecting trails. This renovation was through a partnership with the Forest Service and the Coalition of Equestrian Clubs which provided much of the labor for this wonderful facility.
- 10 campsites
- Drinking water
- Vault toilet
- No garbage disposal - Please pack it out
At a Glance
|Fees:||May 23 - October 31 (Peak Season):
|Open Season:||May 15 - October 31|
|Operated By:||Forest Service|
|Information Center:||High Cascades Ranger District|
From Butte Falls, OR, travel east on Road 821 for approximately 17 miles southeast to Forest Road 3738. If you are entering the Butte Falls Ranger District from Highway 140, turn north on County Road 821 from Highway 140, and drive approximately 2 miles northwest to Forest Road 3738. Turn west onto Forest Road 3738 and drive 13 miles to where 3738 intersects Forest Road 3735, turn left onto Forest Road 3735 and continue 0.25 mile to Willow Prairie Campground.
Map showing recreational areas. Map Information
- Checkout time is 2:00 PM, and the stay limit is 14 days
- Please display your confirmation card in the wood display box provided at your campsite, and return the existing vacant~card when leaving.
- Please do not run, trot, or lunge horses in the meadows, roads, or trails in or near the campground. Please minimize the use of the campground roadway as an access route, and please use the designated trailway at the back of each campsite to access the main trail system.
- Please keep horses in the stalls when not riding, and do not tie horses to picket lines or trees.
- Please water your horses at the troughs and not at the hand pump designated for human consumption.
- Please thoroughly clean up manure, hay, and garbage from the campsite and corrals before you leave, and please clean up the manure from the roadway immediately. The manure and hay can be placed in the designated trailer.
- Please do not ride within the fenced area surrounding Willow Prairie.
Alerts & Warnings
- Forest Order RRS 06 10 22 23 56 Alcohol Prohibition Illinois River Corridor
- Illinois River Swinging Bridge Closure
- Butte Fork Trail Bridge in Red Buttes Wilderness Closed Through July 2023
- Understanding Parking and Fire Restrictions on the Illinois River
- Bear-Human Interactions on the Rise!