Visit Destinations

Your national forests and grasslands are 193 million acres of vast, scenic beauty waiting for you to discover. Visitors who choose to recreate on these public lands find more than 150,000 miles of trails, 10,000 developed recreation sites, 57,000 miles of streams, 122 alpine ski areas, 338,000 heritage sites, and specially designated sites that include 9,100 miles of byways, 22 recreation areas, 11 scenic areas, 439 wilderness areas, 122 wild and scenic rivers, nine monuments, and one preserve. And remember, “It’s All Yours.”

Rec Area Description Status
Rec area marker McCubbins Gulch OHV

McCubbins Gulch OHV riding area, located approximately 50 miles southeast of Portland out Hwy 26 south to Hwy 216 east to Forest Service Road 2110, was first established back in the early 60's as a favorite place for dirt bikers coming out of the Portland area. Although originally designed and laid out with dirt bikes (single track-class 3) in mind, many of the established trails have been opened up to Class 1 ATVs (quads). 

While McCubbin’s doesn’t offer any off highway opportunities for full sized 4x4s or Side by Sides over 50” in width, it does offer approximately 72 miles of class 3 (single track) with approximately 50 miles also open to Class 1 (quads). McCubbin’s Campground and Day Use Area is also ATV amenable, but there are many dispersed camping sites scattered throughout the entire riding area. McCubbin’s Gulch OHV Riding Area is subject to a seasonal closure to protect winter range for Elk and Deer populations during the winter months. Elevation is approximately 3000 feet.

View a vicinity map of McCubbin's Gulch Off-Highway Vehicle Use Area (.jpg)

The trail system is maintained by the help of volunteer groups: Mt. Scott Motorcycle Club and Hurricane Racing.

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Rec area marker Mt Hood Meadows Ski Resort

Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort operates on a special use permit on the Mt. Hood National Forest, offering some of the most spectacular skiing and snowboarding in the Northwest. Meadows is a full-service winter resort providing everything you need for a refreshing and memorable day on the mountain. Base facilities are housed in North and South lodges (easy access to five lifts) and includes equipment rental and demo centers, sport shops, restaurants, adult and children's ski schools and daycare. Also a satellite base lodge and skier services center at Hood River Meadows.

 

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Rec area marker Clear Lake Overflow Camping Area

 

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Rec area marker Rock Creek OHV

Rock Creek OHV Riding Area, located approximately 50 miles southeast of Portland out Hwy 26 south to Forest Service Road 43 north and then east on Forest Service Road 48, offers approximately 60 miles of off highway trails and mixed-use roads open to Class 1 and 3 ATVs (quads and bikes) and is a much more recently developed riding area.

The trails were designed and built with a 50” maximum width vehicle in mind. The riding system offers a variety of terrain ranging from oak spotted forest to deep, dark stands of fir. Rock Creek OHV Riding Area is subject to a seasonal closure to protect winter range for Elk and Deer populations during the winter months. Elevation ranges from approximately 2000 feet at the Gate Creek Staging Area in the southeast corner to more than 5000 feet at the northwest most corner offering a variety of climate conditions that can change quickly. 

Map of Rock Creek OHV Area

View a Rock Creek OHV vicinity map (.jpg)

The trail system is maintained and developed thanks to the help of the volunteer group Northern Oregon Motorcycle and ATV Club.

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Rec area marker Lake Harriet Campground/Day Use

Lake Harriet Campground sits in a wide-open meadow on the eastern shores of crystal clear Lake Harriet. It is located between the Oak Grove Fork of the Clackamas River, which flows into the lake, and the nearby forest highway. It is a great location for camping, fishing and boating. Located on the east end of Lake Harriet. Campground is wheelchair accessible and has a small fishing dock.

NOTICE: 

Lake Harriet Renovation Project – September 2017

Lake Harriet Campground and Day Use Area will undergo construction beginning after Labor Day weekend in 2017. The lake will remain open during construction but there will be times when the road or areas within the site are not accessible during the renovation project. Improvements to Lake Harriet Day Use Area include more vehicle and boat trailer parking, a new restroom, an expanded picnic area, and new boat ramp. A 500-foot walkway will be installed along the shoreline to allow for fishing access. Parking will not be allowed along FS Road 4630 but rather traffic pullouts will be added to provide safer access for traffic and emergency vehicles.

Changes to Lake Harriet Campground include improved traffic flow and upgrades to campsites such as: new tables and fire rings; the installation of a new restroom; and development of a trail to the day use area. The section of FS Road 4630 adjacent to the campground and day use area will be paved.

Construction is expected to be completed by the beginning of the 2018 recreation season.

For questions about this project contact PGE Parks at 503-464-8515 or email pgeparks@pgn.com.

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Rec area marker Little Badger Campground

Located on Little Badger Creek on the border of Badger Creek Wilderness. This is a very primitive campground, which receives minimal maintenance.  Little Badger Campground is situated just outside  of the Badger Creek Wilderness along Little Badger Creek.

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Rec area marker Lower Lake Campground

Located on Lower Lake in the Olallie Lake Scenic Area just west of the border with the Warm Springs Indian Reservation.  The Lake covers 14 acres and deep.There are numerous small lakes in the area worth exploring. Recreational activities include hiking, fishing, and non-motorized boating.

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Rec area marker Nottingham Campground

On the East Fork Hood River. Campground is wheelchair accessible.

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Rec area marker Tollgate Campground/Day-Use

Tollgate Campground is one of the most convenient to Portland, making it a great headquarters for exploring the Mt. Hood area. It stands in the southwestern shadow of Oregon's highest point, Mt. Hood. The campground provides access to a variety of trails, as well as historic sites, including spots along the famed Oregon Trail.

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Rec area marker Tilly Jane Cabin (Guard Station)

Tilly Jane Cabin (Guard Station)

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