French Pete Campground

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

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: Updated 8/31/21: Forest Service Road 19 (Aufderheide Drive) is closed to thru traffic near mile post 52 on the north side due to continued safety hazards. French Pete Campground is accessible through Forest Service Road (FSR) 500 on the east side of Cougar Reservoir by entering from FSR 19 and turning left at the dam onto FSR 500. This will bring you out by Slide Creek Campground. FSR 500 is dirt and gravel, and very rough in spots. View FSR 19 closure order and maps. The campground is not accessible from the south FSR 19 is closed four miles northeast of Westfir to French Pete Trailhead due to the Middle Fork Complex Fire closure order - see map.
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 - $18 per night
  • Multiple Campsites - $33 per night
  • Extra Vehicles - $8 per vehicle, per night
  • Day Use - $8 per vehicle, per day
Open Season: 4/30/21 - 9/6/21
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:

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  • 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)

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