Jack Creek Campground sits on Jack Creek and is located near a chain of campgrounds one right after another that dot the nearby Metolius River.
Hiking and fishing top the list of recreational activities for visitors.
For anglers, the spring-fed Metolius river offers a stunning setting for fly-fishing. The clear, cold water supports rainbow trout, whitefish, bull trout and kokanee salmon.
For day hikers and backpackers, the area offers a wide variety of scenic terrain, ranging from riverside trails to routes in subalpine forests.
Jack Creek Campground can accommodate RV, trailer or tent-campers however water and electric hookups are not available. This is a no water facility so campers will need to bring their own supply. All sites are equipped with a picnic table and campfire ring with grill and the campground has vault toilets available.
The headwaters of the adjacent Metolius River are at Metolius Springs at the base of Black Butte, a 3,076-foot cinder cone. The clear, cold river flows north from the springs through diverse coniferous forest and a landscape of volcanic activity. The area provides habitat for mammals such as mule deer, coyote and cougar. Migratory birds and native fish also call the area home.
The Camp Sherman Fish Viewing Platform allows visitors the chance to view a variety of types of fish while the Metolius Research Natural Area gives bird watchers ample opportunities. Visit the Metolius Fish Hatchery or Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery display ponds to observe and feed different types of salmon and other fish.
The Metolius-Windigo Trail, open to hikers, bikers and horses, is more than 100 miles in length and begins near the Metolius River headwaters west of the town of Sisters, Oregon. The trail was created in the 1980s primarily to serve long-distance horse riders seeking an alternative to the Pacific Crest Trail.
Lava Lands Visitor Center in nearby Bend, Oregon, and the unique geological landscape of Newberry National Volcanic Monument draw visitors to the region as well. It is a great starting point for visitors to learn about the diverse landscape and history of the area through interpretive programs and exhibits. Visitors can also explore the Lava River Cave, located in the Newberry National Volcanic Monument. At 5,211 feet in length, the northwest section of the cave is the longest continuous lava tube in Oregon.
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It was so, so, SO dusty when we were there. Like, every step generated a plume of brown powdered sugar. The 10% of the ground that wasn't dust was dry thorny scrub grass.
The sites are decently spaced out, but since there's almost no underbrush it's just a wide open view between the tall pines. That means basically no privacy from a visual or audio standpoint. Headlights would shine from one end of the campground to the other.
Good for big games of frisbee I suppose…?
…but we were there in late July on a stopover on the way to somewhere else, which is probably a lousy time to visit.
In spring with some more recent rain it'd be greener, less dusty and the creek would be more than a mosquito-filled trickle?
We stayed in lots 12 and 13 recently and loved our time there. Dusty! No running water source but nearby creek is great for rinsing off and cooling down. Camping lots were very spacious and relatively quiet and bathrooms were adequate. Great location to explore Suttle Lake, Camp Sherman and good hiking all around.
This campsite is tucked away and close to several trailheads (jack lake, bear valley). We just went this last week on a Wednesday so it was very quiet. The roads leading in are under construction so you have to take a dirt road detour.
We set up camp close to the water (great for using a water filtration system since there are no spigots). We enjoyed the quiet until we set up breakfast and were swarmed by wasps. We would have stayed another night but we couldn’t get away from them. No mosquitos this time of year but once you break out food, the wasps will show.
This campground was very quiet and in a beautiful location next to Jack Creek. The campsites were big and private. There is a nice hike from the campground to the head of Jack Creek.
We camped here Memorial Day weekend.