Alder Springs Campground

Area Status: Open

This small, rustic site is right on the side of the historic McKenzie Pass Highway. Surrounded by towering Douglas fir trees, this is a perfect spot to be on a warm day.

Access to Linton Lake Trailhead in the Three Sisters Wilderness is immediately across the highway from the campground.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Access is dependent on McKenzie Highway (OR Hwy 242), which is closed in the winter. Check for conditions.
Operational Hours: Access is dependent on McKenzie Highway (OR Hwy 242), which is closed in the winter. Check for conditions. Lower gate closed at White Branch.
Reservations: First come, first serve sites.
Area Amenities: Tent camping, Picnic tables, Toilets
  • Single Campsites - $10 per night
  • Extra Vehicles - $5 per vehicle, per night
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Open Season: Late May (weather dependent) - Late October
Usage: Light
  • Tent camping only
  • Camping is not allowed more than 14 days in a 60 day period.
  • Use of chainsaws in the campground is prohibited
  • Dogs MUST be on leash at all times within the campground
Closest Towns: McKenzie Bridge, OR
Sisters, OR
Water: No Potable Water
Restroom: Vault toilet
Operated By: Willamette National Forest
Information Center: McKenzie River Ranger District
57600 McKenzie Hwy
McKenzie Bridge, OR 97413

General Information

General Notes:

Alder Springs Campground is close to:



From McKenzie Bridge, OR, travel east on Highway 126 for 3 miles to Highway 242.

Follow Highway 242 east for 9 miles to Alder Springs Campground.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

It is recommended that campers bring their own firewood.

General Info:


The maximum trailer length is 20 feet.

Seasonal Information

This campground is open from June thru September depending on snow levels.  It is open in the off season, but there are no services.

No. of Sites 6 tent-only sites
Reservation Info No reservations.  Sites are available on a first come, first served basis.
Fire Information Each site has a fire ring.  No firewood available onsite. 
No. of Accessible sites None
Status: Open
Status description: Open in off season with no service

Lake and Pond Fishing

Alder Springs Campground provides some good fishing opportunities nearby.

Permit required?: Y
Permit: Please check with Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for open dates and licensing information.

Day Hiking

Alder Springs Campground provides access to Linton Lake Trail #3519 (area is unavailable).

Permit required?: Y
Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate


There are picnic areas available at the campground.

General Info:

General Notes

Alder Springs Campground is close to:

  • Three Sisters Wilderness (area is unavailable)
  • McKenczie Pass Trail Area (area is unavailable)
  • Scott Lake Campground (area is unavailable)
  • Limberlost Campground (area is unavailable)


Read about camping rules, regulations and camping tips on our Camping Rules & Things to Know page.


Tent camping: 6 Sites
Toilets: Vault toilet (1) - No Showers

Related Information

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities



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3600 feet