Fish Creek Campground is ideally located next to the Clackamas Wild and Scenic River in Mt. Hood National Forest. It provides access to some of the area's greatest whitewater, as well as a famous place to fish. Whether it is relaxation or expansive exploration, there's something for everyone at Fish Creek.
Fishing is very popular on the Clackamas and anglers can expect to find winter steelhead, spring chinook and late summer coho salmon, as well as other species of freshwater fish. A convenient boat ramp is available within the campground.
The Clackamas River also provides miles of wild water as it bends through the scenic Cascade Range, creating prime whitewater rafting opportunities.
A hiking trail follows the river north and south and begins within the campground. Scenic driving is available on the West Cascades Scenic Byway, which follows the river.
The campground offers single-family sites for tent or RV camping. Narrow roads within the campground make for tricky navigation for larger RVs.
Each campsite is equipped with a table and campfire ring with grill. Accessible vault toilets and drinking water are provided, but utility hookups are not available. Parking surfaces are gravel.
The campground is situated along a scenic bend just above the river at an elevation of about 900 feet. It is in a heavily forested area, with a variety of bushes, ferns and grasses covering the forest floor. Vegetation provides minimal privacy within the campground, but with the river so close, noises within the campground are fairly muffled.
The river provides habitat for the federally protected bald eagle and northern spotted owl, as well as the occasional peregrine falcon. A variety of wildlife also makes its home in the area.
The campground is located about an hour's drive from majestic Mt. Hood, Oregon's tallest point.
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This was the first time my husband and I have taken our kids (age 6 & 4) camping and it was a great experience! We were part of a large group (17 people in all) and there are a lot of great sites that connect and quite a few larger sites for a large party. We had 3 sites all next to each other and could move freely between them, no problem. Lots of great trees for hammocks, fire rings with grills. Water was an old hand pump well but that was part of the charm. Toilets are locker style (outhouse if you will) which did psych out our 4 year old a bit but we managed. No showers or hot water but we spent most of our time playing in the river that runs by the campground. So many wonderful places to go kayaking and rafting as well as charming little grottos along the river to explore. Yurt sites available and the camp hosts were wonderful and knowledgeable!
This is a primitive campground: No running water for toilets and no showers.
The Clackamas River runs close by so swimming and fishing is plentyful. There’s also a great area for shooting not too far away up the hill.
This camp is one of a long strong along the Clackamas river. It's nestled close to the river in a densely wooded section not far for the highway. Fortunately the sound of the river drowns out most car traffic and provides calming background noise.
The campground offers an array of sites with varying sizes, and layouts. It's wise to scope out what's available before setting up camp.
If it is during the weekend, FORGET IT! It gets so busy! It is very nice when you are able to camp here without it being packed. The camp spots do have a little bit of space between them, so that is nice. There are also a bunch of little pulls offs where you can camp before, and after fish creek. (For free!)
This is such a great campground to go to on a hot day. After a hike through any of the many trails nearby you can take a dive into Fish Creek. There are lots of spots along the creek where the current slows down and the water gets deep. Bring a hammock and get comfortable!