Sunnyside Campground is located along the southeast side of Cougar Reservoir at 1,700 feet in elevation. A large grove of conifers provides shade to the 13 semi-private campsites. Motorhomes and trailers not recommended due to the steep entrance into campground. The campground offers vault toilets, garbage collection, and firewood. There is no drinking water available but nearby Slide Creek Campground does have water. Individual campsites include a fire ring and picnic table. Easy access to the creek, river, and lake are possible from this scenic location.
Hikers and mountain bikers will enjoy exploring other trails including the French Pete Trail, Box Canyon Trail, Indian Ridge Lookout, and several day hikes within the Cougar Recreation Area.
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.|
|Area Amenities:||Picnic tables,Toilets|
|Open Season:||May 5, 2023 - September 4, 2023|
|Closest Towns:||Blue River, OR
McKenzie Bridge, OR
|Water:||Drinking water is not available|
|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 Road 19).
Proceed south on Aufderheide Drive, turning right at the Y and climbing to the top of Cougar Reservoir.
Continue south on Aufderheide Drive for 8 miles to Forest Road 500.
Turn left on Forest Road 500 and continue north for 0.5 miles to Sunnyside Campground.
- French Pete Trail Area
- Three Sisters Wilderness
- Indian Ridge Lookout
- French Pete Campground
- Cougar Crossing Campground
- Cougar Crossing Day Use Area
- Slide Creek Campground
- Slide Creek Day Use Area
- Terwilliger Hot Springs
- Cougar Recreation Area (area is unavailable)
Read about camping rules, regulations and camping tips on our Camping Rules & Things to Know page.
Map showing recreational areas. Map Information
Motorhomes and trailers are not recommended due to steep entrance road into the campground.
|No. of Sites||13, 5 of which may be reserved online at www.recreation.gov or phone 1.877.444.6777|
|Reservation Info||Reserve online at www.recreation.gov or phone 1.877.444.6777|
|No. of Accessible sites||None|