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About Cottonwood Pit

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.

Operator
National Forest
Access
Features
Not Reservable
Location
Cottonwood Pit is located in Oregon
Latitude
44.368 N
Longitude
-119.871 W
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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.
1 Review of Cottonwood Pit
First to Review
Sooo many stars

If you want to sleep in a canyon under a brilliant blanket of stars, this is the place for you. The campground is well kept and the out and back trail ( I think about 8 miles altogether ) is lovely.