Cougar Crossing Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Located on the confluence of the South Fork of the McKenzie River and the south end of Cougar Reservoir, Cougar Crossing is open year round and offers 11 sites that can accommodate either RV or tent camping. Vault toilets are provided. There is firewood for sale. The interior roads and spurs are gravel. There is no drinking water. It is the closest campground to Terwilliger Hot Springs.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: McKenzie River Ranger District: Campground open year round
Reservations: Reserve online at or phone 1.877.444.6777. From September 10, 2017 to May 3, 2018, all sites are first-come first serve.
  • Single Campsite - $14 per night
  • Extra Vehicle - $7 per vehicle, per night
  • Day Use - $7 per vehicle, per day
May have reduced service and lower rates in off months.
Open Season: Year Round
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Camping is restricted to developed campgrounds in the Cougar Recreation Area.
Closest Towns: Blue River, OR
McKenzie Bridge, OR
Water: None
Restroom: Vault Toilet
Passes: Interagency Senior and Access Passes (and the Golden Age and Access Passes) may receive a 50% discount on the use fee for individual campsites. This discount does not apply to extra vehicle fee or multiple campsites.
Operated By: American Land & Leisure
Information Center: McKenzie River Ranger District

General Information


From Blue River, OR, travel 4 miles east on Highway 126 to Aufderheide Drive (Forest Road 19).

Proceed south on Aufderheide Drive, taking a right at the Y and climbing to the top of Cougar Reservoir.  

Continue on Aufderheide Drive south 5 miles to find Cougar Crossing Campground where the South Fork of the McKenzie River pours into Cougar Reservoir.

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Tent, auto, and trailer sites. Fire rings and garbage service.

No. of Sites11 sites, 6 sites may be reserved through or by calling 877-444-6777.
No. of Accessible sitesNone

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