French Pete Campground
French Pete Campground is located at the confluence of French Pete Creek and the South Fork of the McKenzie River. The campground is heavily wooded with Douglas fir and Vine Maple. The shade from the canopy provides an escape from the summer heat. the 17 campsites are nicely shaded with access to both French Pete Creek and the South Fork of the McKenzie River. The campground has toilets, water from a hand pump, fire rings, garbage service, and waste water disposal sites.
The area offers excellent opportunities for fishing, hiking, boating, swimming, camping, picnicking, and scenic drives.
Access to the Three Sisters Wilderness from the French Pete Creek Trail is located across the road. Fishing in the McKenzie River is “catch and release” only for trout. Terwilliger (Cougar) Hot Springs are nearby for a nice soak. Cougar Reservoir and Hidden Lake are also in the vicinity, offering additional recreation options.
At a Glance
|Current Conditions:||Open for 2023 season.|
|Operational Hours:||2023 Season: May 5 - September 4|
|Reservations:||Reserve online at www.recreation.gov or phone 1.877.444.6777. Over half the campsites are available for advance reservation via recreation.gov. The remainder are first come first serve. Reservations for 2023 season begin 5/5/23.|
|Open Season:||May 5, 2023 - September 4, 2023|
|Closest Towns:||Blue River, OR
McKenzie Bridge, OR
|Water:||Yes, hand pumps|
|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
57600 McKenzie Hwy
McKenzie Bridge, OR 97413
From Blue River, OR, travel 4 miles east on Highway 126 to Aufderheide Drive (Forest Service Road 19).
Continue south on Aufderheide Drive, turning right at the Y and climbing to the top of Cougar Reservoir.
Continue south on Aufderheide Drive 8 miles to French Pete Campground.
Read about camping rules, regulations and camping tips on our Camping Rules & Things to Know page.
Map showing recreational areas. Map Information
- Tent, auto, trailer sites (maximum trailer length 30 feet)
|No. of Sites||17 sites, 7 of which may be reserved at www.recreation.gov or by calling 877-444-6777.|
|Reservation Info||www.recreation.gov or call 877-444-6777|
|No. of Accessible sites||None|
River and Stream Fishing
Alerts & Warnings
- Middle Fork RD: Prescribed Burn Planned for 5/24/23
- Middle Fork RD: Road contruction on Rd 21 will cause delays
- FIRE CLOSURES: Cedar Creek, Beachie Creek & Lionshead, Holiday Farm, Potter, etc
- Forest Road 46 open for 11 miles; portion closed to vehicle traffic
- Pile Burning November-March 2023