Frissell Crossing Campground

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

Relax after a full day of hiking or biking to the sound of the river at this beautiful and quiet 12 site campground on the South Fork of the McKenzie River. Douglas fir, rhododendron, and vine maple surround this serene retreat. The facility has vaulted toilets, fire rings, picnic tables, garbage collection, and hand-pumped drinking water.

Opportunities abound in this beautiful forest setting for hiking, biking, fishing, swimming and nature viewing. The Three Sisters Wilderness, Box Canyon Trail, Mink Lake Basin Trail, Box Canyon Horse Camp, Terwilliger Hot Springs, and Cougar Reservoir are of the many assets to this area.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: McKenzie River Ranger District: Campground closed through early May 2018. 9/27/2017: Due to wildfires, this area is CLOSED including a stretch of Aufderheide Scenic Byway (Forest Road 19), McKenzie Highway 242, and a portion of the Three Sisters Wilderness...details
Reservations: Reserve online at or phone 1.877.444.6777.
  • Single Campsites - $14 per night
  • Multiple Campsites - $26 per night
  • Extra Vehicles - $7 per vehicle, per night
  • Day Use - $7 per vehicle, per day
Open Season: early May - mid September
Usage: Medium
  • Maximum trailer length 36 feet
  • Camping is restricted to developed campgrounds
  • Camping is not allowed more than 14 days in a 60 day period.
  • Check-in time: 2:00 pm or later. Check-out time: 1:00 pm 
  • Use of chainsaws in the campground is prohibited
  • Dogs MUST be on leash at all times within the campground 
Closest Towns: Blue River, OR
Water: Yes, hand pumps
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 Station

General Information


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

Continue on south on Aufderheide Drive, turning right atthe Y and climbing to the top of Cougar Reservoir.

Continue south on Aufderheide Drive 20 miles to Frissell Crossing Campground.

General Notes:

Campground Map

  • Fire rings, refuse receptacles

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

  • Limited parking

Recreation Map

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Campground Camping

  • Tent, auto, trailer sites (maximum trailer lenght 36 feet)
No. of Sites12 sites, 5 of which may be reserved online at or phone 1.877.444.6777  
Reservation InfoReserve online at or phone 1.877.444.6777
No. of Accessible sitesNone

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