Located on the confluence of the South Fork of the McKenzie River and the south end of Cougar Reservoir, Cougar Crossing is open year round and offers 11 sites that can accommodate either RV or tent camping. Vault toilets are provided. There is firewood for sale. The interior roads and spurs are gravel. There is no drinking water. It is the closest campground to Terwilliger Hot Springs.
This campground has 0 privacy, even the picnic tables for the RV spots, you have to walk thru a tent site to get to them. Half the sites are reserve online. The entrance to the park is hard to find in the daylight, and near impossible to find in the dark. There is one good thing about this place, it is only a couple minute drive from a great hot spring….so if you can put up with everything I have already said, I strongly recommend you go just for that hot spring.
Small and secluded primative campground within minutes of Terwilliger Hot Springs. Hard to find because there is limited signage around the reservoir. Once you pass the hot springs, travel over the bridge and the campground will be located on the right side. Reservation only sites share one open field for tents only and privacy is extremely limited. Only pit toilets on premises and road through campground has not been well maintained. No cell phone service available. Location provides closest access to Terwilliger Hot Springs. Entry fee is required and clothing is optional, but do not miss these hot water pools in the middle of a green forest! You cannot access the hot springs at night and park rangers regularly patrol the area. Worth a one night stay for an early morning dip in the natural hot springs.