Trout Creek Campground
Trout Creek Campground is a fun, family campground situated along the South Santiam River, 20 miles east of the town of Sweet Home, Oregon. Many of the 24 sites are right on the river, tucked under the cool shade of Douglas-fir and Hemlock trees. The campground was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s and includes a welcoming day use shelter with a fireplace and five pull-through RV parking loops and a mix of standard parking spurs. Drinking water is from a hand pump well. Parking spurs are gravel and roads are paved. Firewood is available for a fee.
Wading and fishing are popular in the river and hikers enjoy easy access to the 2.8-mile Trout Creek Trail and the short Walton Ranch Interpretive Trail.
The Menagerie Wilderness can be accessed from the Trout Creek Trail, so hikers and backpackers can explore the area's extensive system of trails. Rooster Rock Trail is just across the road. This 3.3 (one-way) mile trail provides access to Rooster Rock, a stone pinnacle in the Menagerie Wilderness popular among rock climbers (rated 5.4). Additional nearby pinnacles are rated up to 5.9.
Visit the old Santiam Wagon Road, a historic trail used to transport livestock east across the Cascade Mountains to central Oregon's grasslands.
At a Glance
|Current Conditions:||Closed for the 2023 season.|
|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,Drinking water|
|Open Season:||May - September|
|Closest Towns:||Sweet Home, Oregon|
|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:||Linn County Parks & Recreation|
|Information Center:||Sweet Home Ranger District
4431 Highway 20
Sweet Home, OR 97386
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
From Sweet Home, OR, follow Highway 20 east for 19 miles and look for signs for the Trout Creek Campground.
Read about camping rules, regulations and camping tips on our Camping Rules & Things to Know page.
Map showing recreational areas. Map Information
Campground CampingRecreation areas with activity Campground Camping:
- Tent, auto, or RV site
- Maximum trailer length: 24 feet for 16 sites; 8 sites can accommodate RV's up to 32 feet
|No. of Sites||23, 4 of which are smaller better for tents
|No. of Accessible sites||Restroom, paved access routes, interpretive trail|
River and Stream FishingRecreation areas with activity River and Stream Fishing:
Day HikingRecreation areas with activity Day Hiking:
Viewing WildlifeRecreation areas with activity Viewing Wildlife:
PicnickingRecreation areas with activity Picnicking:
SwimmingRecreation areas with activity Swimming:
Alerts & Warnings
- ACTIVE FIRES: Petes Lake, Lookout, Bedrock, etc.
- FIRE CLOSURES: Wiley, Lookout, Bedrock, Cedar Creek, Beachie Creek & Lionshead
- Public Use Restrictions (Fire Restrictions) in Effect
- Forest Road 46 open from Detroit to Estacada for summer
- Road NF-1993 across Cougar Dam closed for construction June 5-Sept. 28, 2023