Yukwah Campground

Area Status: Open

Yukwah Campground is a nice, family campground situated along the South Santiam River, 21 miles east of the town of Sweet Home, Oregon. Many of the 13 sites are right on the river, tucked under the cool shade of Douglas fir and hemlock trees. Two double sites are perfect for the bigger group or family. 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. This is a smaller campground with a variety of sites to accommodate different uses, with group sites, sites for trailers and sites for tents. Drinking water is from two hand pump wells. Parking spurs are gravel and roads are paved. Vault toilets and garbage cans are spread out in convenient locations in the campground. Firewood is available for a fee.

Plenty of river activities and hiking opportunities await. Enjoy fishing and swimming in the beautiful South Santiam River or hiking the accessible Yukwah Nature Trail  that winds through the campground, and lingering at the picnic area. Hike or bike the Santiam Wagon Road (now a trail), a historic trail used to transport livestock east across the Cascade Mountains to central Oregon's grasslands. Iron Mountain, Gordon Meadows and Echo Basin are nearby hiking areas well known for their colorful wildflowers. 

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Opening in spring 2024.
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
  • Single Campsites - $23 per night
  • Extra Vehicles - $8 per vehicle, per night
  • Day Use - No fee
Open Season: 04/28/2024 - 10/01/2024
Usage: Medium
  • 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: Sweet Home, OR
Water: Yes
Restroom: Vault toilets
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

General Information


GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
44.4, -122.33853
44°24'0"N, 122°20'19"W

From Sweet Home, OR, follow Highway 20 east for 21 miles and look for signs for Yukwah Campground.

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


Yukwah Campground offers accessible campsites with compacted gravel surfaces, a day-use picnic site, and fully accessible restrooms. Sites 8-11 are barrier free. The 0.3 mile Yukwah Nature Trail  is surfaced with compacted gravel and parallels the South Santiam River within Yukwah Campground. This trail has a 36-inch tread width and grades of less than 5 percent. The trail offers access to six pull offs and two accessible platforms for viewing the river. Two other river platforms are located within two miles of Yukwah Campground and have asphalt parking lots and compacted gravel trails.

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Campground Camping

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  • All sites can accomodate RVs.
  • Maximum trailer length is 32 feet.
  • Multiple site has 2 tables, grill and fire ring.
No. of Sites 19
No. of Accessible sites Restroom, trail to river viewing platform, interpretive trail

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Toilets: Vault

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