Cottonwood Pit Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

As you may have guessed, this campground is located in an old gravel pit.  When the excavation hit the water table and the pit was filled in with water the operations ceased and the site was abandoned.  Now this campground is locally known as a swimming hole, and is also occasionally stocked with trout.

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 & number of trailer sites limited (no dump station).  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

Directions:

From Prineville, Oregon (1):

Travel on Highway 26 going east for 47 miles to Mitchell, Oregon. 

Continue east on Highway 26 for 13 miles to Forest Service Road 12, then go south on Forest Service Road 12 for 15 miles.

Turn right onto Forest Service Road 4274 and then take the 080 spur until you run into Cottonwood Pit Campground.

From Prineville, Oregon (2):

Travel on Highway 26 going east for 16 miles to Forest Service Road 42.  

Travel east on Forest Service Road 42 for 32 miles to Forest Service Road 4270. 

Follow Forest Service Road 4270 northeast for 9 miles to Forest Service Road 12.  

Turn left and head north on Forest Service Road 12 for 3 more miles.

Turn left onto Forest Service Road 4274 and then take the 080 spur until you run into Cottonwood Pit Campground.

From Paulina, Oregon:

Travel on County Road 112 going east for 3.5 miles, then travel north on Beaver Creek Road (County 113) for 8 miles to Forest Service Road 42.

Take Forest Service Road 42 north for another 8 miles to Forest Service Road 12, then go north on Forest Service Road 12 for 6 miles.

Turn left onto Forest Service Road 4274 and then take the 080 spur until you run into Cottonwood Pit Campground.

From John Day, Oregon:

Travel on Highway 26 going west for 31 miles to Dayville, Oregon.

Continue west on Highway 26 for 25 miles to Forest Service Road 12, and go south on Forest Service Road 12 for 15 miles.

Turn right onto Forest Service Road 4274 and then take the 080 spur until you run into Cottonwood Pit Campground.


Recreation Map

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Activities


Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

This campground has a large parking area associated with it, so it can accommodate several vehicles, thought there are only 3 established campsites.  There is ample room to place tents, campers, recreational vehicles and other luxury camping items to make the already impacted areas comfortable to your standards.  Please remember to bring all your portable amenities with you when you leave and please do not construct any new features at this developed site.  Thank you.

No. of Sites 3 single site(s)

RV Camping

The parking area at this campground can accommodate any sized RV or trailer, however there are no hook-ups of any kind available at this location.

No. of Sites 3

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Amenities

Camping trailer There is room for trailer parking though there are no hook-ups
Picnic tables Each campsite has one picnic table
Tent camping Each campsite has plenty of space for tent camping
Parking Parking in available at the Day Use location and also varies in campsites
Toilets Vault Toilet (1)
Areas & Activities

Location

 
  Latitude : 
44.36773883

  Longitude : 
-119.8706027

  Elevation : 
5700

 



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