Gold Dredge Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

This is a peaceful campground set in an open Ponderosa pine stand along the Wild and Scenic North Fork John Day River.  Gold Dredge features 7 campsties and 1 accessible vault toilet.  There is no potable water or garbage service, so please pack your garbage home. 

Attractions in this area include photography, swimming, non-motorized boating, and fishing.  Water levels are low in mid to late summer, which can impede use of boats.  The campground provides good access for big game hunting. In addition, the Oriental Trailhead is about 6 miles west, providing access to both OHV and wilderness trails. 

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Campground fees will be charged through November 15. The campground is not maintained but is still available throughout the winter. Access will be snowmobiles only once the road is inaccessible due to snow. Please call the North Fork John Day Ranger District for more information.
Operational Hours: The campground is closed only by snow.  However, it is only maintained seasonally from Memorial Day until mid-November.  Since it is one of the lowest elevation campgrounds, it is earliest (and latest) to be free of snow.
Reservations: Not reservable. First come, first served. 
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets
  • Single site: $8/night (extra $5 fee per vehicle exceeding the two-vehicle-per-site allowance.)  
  • Group site: Site 6 is $25/night (no extra vehicle charge)
Open Season: Late May
Usage: Light
Best Season: June-early July
Busiest Season: August
Closest Towns: Dale, OR
Water: No potable water. On the bank of a river
Restroom: Vault Toilet (1)
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information


From Ukiah, Oregon travel west 1 mile to the Hwy 395 junction.  Turn left (south) on Hwy 395 and go about 15 miles, and then turn left (east) onto Forest Road 55.  Drive 7.7 miles east along the N. Fork John Day River to Gold Dredge Campground.

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Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

No. of Sites 7

RV Camping

This campground can accomodate RVs and two of the sites have pull-through parking (no backing).

No. of Sites 7
Reservation Info
Vehicle Clearence
Size Restrictions Four sites can accomodate 40-foot RVs, Two of which are pull through sites (no backing).
Pavement Type of Parking Gravel

Group Camping

Site 6 at this campground can accomodate up to 5 RVs and 25-50 people.

No. of Sites 1
Reservation Info Not reservable
No. of Accessible sites None


Camping trailer All sites
Picnic tables All sites
Tent camping All sites
Toilets 1 vault toilet
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