Big Spring Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

This campground is located in an open ponderosa pine forest and along a babbling creek.  The campsites vary in size significantly to accommodate many different group sizes.  

Local ranchers will graze their cattle near the campground which means the cows can often be seen or heard in camp.

At a Glance

Reservations: This is a First Come, First Served facility.
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking
Fees This is a free facility.
Restrictions: Size and number of trailer sites limited. There is a 14 day stay limit on all National Grassland and US Forest Service land including but not limited to campgrounds and other developed facilities.
Closest Towns: Mitchell, Oregon or Paulina, Oregon
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet (1)
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Ochoco National Forest
3160 NE Third Street
Prineville, Oregon 97754
(541) 416-6500

General Information


From Prineville, Oregon:

Take Highway 26 east 16 miles to Forest Service Road 42.

Travel on Forest Service Road 42 east for 8 miles to the Ochoco Ranger Station.

Continue on Forest Service Road 42 for another 23 miles toward Deep Creek Campground.

About 5 miles past Deep Creek Campground turn left onto Forest Service Road 4270, then proceed 1.5 miles northeast on Forest Service Road 4270.

Big Spring Campground will be on your left. 

From Paulina, Oregon:

Take County Road 112 east for 3.5 miles to Beaver Creek Road (County Road 113), then northeast on Beaver Creek Road for 8 miles to Forest Service Road 42.

Travel on Forest Service Road 42 north for 8 miles to Six Corners, continuing on Forest Service Road 42 west for 8 miles.

Finally, turn right onto Forest Service Road 4270 and head northeast for 1.5 miles. 

Big Spring Campground will be on your left. 

From US Highwat 26 (13 miles east of Mitchell and 25 miles west of Dayville):

Take Forest Service Road 12 south for 18 miles to Forest Service Road 4270, continuing west 8 miles.  

Big Spring Campground will be on your right.

Recreation Map

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Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

There are 5 campsites of various sizes available in this campground.  Each campsite has one picnic table and one fire pit/grill.

No. of Sites 5 single site(s)

RV Camping

Campsites at this campground may be the easiest to access with a trailer on the entire forest, however there are no hook-up amenities available.

No. of Sites 5
Pavement Type for Parking No
Hookup - Water No
Hookup - Sewer No
Dump Stations No
Hookups - Electric No


Camping trailer Trailer space varies by campsite
Picnic tables Each campsite has one picnic table
Tent camping Each campsite has plenty of space for tent camping
Parking Parking varies in campsites
Toilets Vault Toilet (1)
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