Watkins Campground

Area Status: Closed

Sites are located on Applegate Lake. There are wheelchair accessible facilities.


  • 14 campsites (tent-sites) with picnic tables, and fire pits
  • 1 group campsite (20-50 people)
  • No drinking water
  • Vault toilet
  • Garbage disposal available during operating season

Seasonal information: The site is free and open during the off-season as a walk-in site (parking at the gate, and proceeding on foot). No services or water are available during the off-season. Please pack out all trash and remember to Leave No Trace.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: The site is a walk-in site during the off-season, with no fee required. (Park at the gate and proceed from the gate on foot.) No services or water available during off-season. Please pack out all trash when visiting during the off-season.
Reservations: This area is on a first come, first served basis.
Fees: Fees apply during peak season (early-May through mid-September):
  • Campsites (14 available): $15/night
  • Extra vehicle: $5
  • Off-Season: FREE
Usage: Light-Medium
Busiest Season: Summer
  • 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
  • Maximum length of stay: 14 days
Closest Towns:
  • Jacksonville, OR
  • Ruch, OR
  • Medford, OR
Passes: 50% discount for single site camping with any of these passes: Interagency Annual, Interagency Senior, Interagency Access, Golden Age and Golden Access.
Operated By: http://applegatelake.com/home.html
Information Center: This site is operated by a concessionaire. Please contact them with questions: http://applegatelake.com/home.html or by calling (541) 899-9220

General Information


From Ruch, OR, drive south on Upper Applegate Road for 18.5 miles--this will take you 3 miles past Hart-tish Park. Watkins Campground is located on the on the lefthand side of the road. 

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

During the off-season, this site is free, and is a "walk-in only" site. People wishing to camp at Watkins during the off-season must park at the gate, and proceed on foot from there.

Please remember to pack your drinking water in and to pack your garbage out, as there is no garbage service in the off-season.

Day Hiking

Difficulty Level: Easy to More Difficult

Boating - Motorized

  • 10 M.P.H speed limit on Applegate Lake

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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2,000 feet