French Pete Campground

Area Status: Open

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: Campground is open for 2024 season.
Reservations: Reserve online at or phone 1.877.444.6777. Over half the campsites are available for advance reservation via The remainder are first come first serve. 
  • Single Campsites - $21 per night
  • Multiple Campsites - $40 per night
  • Extra Vehicles - $9 per vehicle, per night
  • Day Use - $9 per vehicle, per day
Open Season: May - September
Usage: Heavy
Closest Towns: Blue River, OR
McKenzie Bridge, OR
Water: Yes, hand pumps
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: American Land & Leisure
Information Center: McKenzie River Ranger District
57600 McKenzie Hwy
McKenzie Bridge, OR 97413

General Information


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.

General Notes:

Campground Map

  • Three Sisters Wilderness
  • French Pete Trail Area
  • Box Canyon Trail Area
  • Indian Ridge Lookout
  • Sunnyside Campground
  • Cougar Crossing Campground
  • Cougar Crossing Day Use Area
  • Cougar Recreation Area (area is unavailable)

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


    Recreation Map

    Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


    Campground Camping

    • Tent, auto, trailer sites (maximum trailer length 30 feet)
    No. of Sites 17 sites, 7 of which may be reserved at or by calling 877-444-6777. 
    Reservation Info or call 877-444-6777
    No. of Accessible sites None

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    River and Stream Fishing

    Day Hiking

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    1800 feet