Union Creek Campground

Area Status: Closed
RV parked in open pine forest at Union Creek Campground

The Union Creek Campground is one of the largest Forest Service campgrounds in eastern Oregon. Set on the northern shore of Phillips Lake amid mature ponderosa pine forest, it offers more than 60 campsites for tents, trailers and RVs. Special activities for local and regional visitors include; fishing, hiking, swimming, waterskiing, and boating. Within the Union Creek Recreation site there is also the Union Creek Boat Launch and Union Creek Picnic and Day-use Area.

More information about accessible recreation opportunities can found on Pacific Northwest National Forests, Accessible Adventures website.

At a Glance

Reservations: Reservations for group campsites, full-hook-up, and other campsites can be made online at: recreation.gov
Area Amenities: Accessible, Boat ramp, Tent camping, Camping trailer, Picnic tables, Toilets, Drinking water, Parking
Fees:  2021 Camping Fees
  • Loop A (full hook ups) $40/ night
  • Loop B & C (partial hook ups) $27/ night
  • Tent sites $15/ night
  • Group site $60/ night
  • Day use $6
  • Rv dump station $10
  • Extra vehicle $6
  • Over flow $6

       *Full hook ups include: water, sewer, & electricity

       *Partial hook ups include: water & electric

    Discounts are subject to the terms of the passes, and policies of the Concession operator. For visitors with an Interagency Senior Passes, Interagency Access Passes, Golden Age Passport or Golden Access Passport the discount fees are:
  • Loop A $20/ night
  • Loop B & C 14/night
  • Day use $3
  • Extra vehicle $3
Open Season: May - September
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: General rules of use and restrictions apply for this developed recreation site. The Recreation Site Concessionaire also has rules of use posted for the site. The gate into the recreation area is locked when not in operation by the concessionaire. State boating rules:  The Oregon State Marine Board has administrative rules for boaters on Phillips Reservoir.(ORS 250-020-0013 ) No person shall operate a motorboat in excess of a "Slow -- No Wake" speed in the following areas: Phillips Lake: (A) Within 200 feet of a boat launching ramp or designated swimming area; (B) That area known as the Union Creek Inlet, beginning at a point approximately 500 feet south of the Union Creek Boat Launching Ramp and proceeding easterly across the inlet to a point on the opposite shore as marked
Closest Towns: Baker City, Oregon (19 miles)
Water: Potable Water
Restroom: Flush toilets
Operated By: Concessionaire
Information Center: Whitman Ranger District

General Information


From Baker City, Oregon travel south on Highway 7 towards John Day, Oregon for about 18 miles; The campground and day-use entrance is signed on the left side of the road; Follow the signs in the Union Creek Recreation Area down to the various campground loops and areas.


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Mountain Biking

Access point for the Phillips Lake North Shoreline Trail #1608

Campground Camping

No. of Sites 74 single site(s), 2 double site(s), 2 20-50 people group site(s)
Reservation Info
No. of Accessible sites 4 of 78

RV Camping

  • 20 reservable sites with electrical, water and septic hook-ups
  • 18 reservable sites with electrical and water only
No. of Sites 38 reservable sites
Pavement Type of Parking Paved parking spurs at all reservable sites
No. of Accessible sites

Group Camping

The Union Creek Campground has a reservable group use area.

Lake and Pond Fishing

Day Hiking

Access point for the Phillips Lake North Shoreline Trail #1608

Viewing Scenery

Boating - Motorized

State boating rules:  The Oregon State Marine Board has administrative rules for boaters on Phillips Reservoir.

Boating - Non-Motorized


There are no lifeguards on duty at the designated swimming area.



Camping trailer: RV and full hook-up sites
Picnic tables: At each campsite
Tent camping: 60+ tent/trailer sites
Toilets: Accessible vault toilets
Accessible: Campsites, vault toilets and paths
Boat ramp: At boat launch
Drinking water: Seasonally avilable

Related Information

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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