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About Jackson Campground on the Applegate River

Jackson Campground is located on the beautiful Applegate River in the Applegate Valley near Medford, Grants Pass and historic Jacksonville.


Jackson Campground sits on the shores of the Applegate River, a popular recreation site located north of the Red Buttes Wilderness Area. Visitors enjoy swimming, cycling, boating, canoeing, fishing and hiking the various trails near the river.

Nearby is the inactive Bigfoot trap, found at the beginning of the trail, built in 1974 by the North American Wildlife Research Team. The trap was inspired by a miner who lived near the Applegate River who claimed to have found 18-inch-long, human-like tracks in his garden. The organization operated the trap, keeping it baited with carcasses for six years, but caught only bears. Currently the Forest Service keeps an eye on the trap, but otherwise does not maintain it


The campground has eight tent only campsites, three dry RV sites and one group site. Campsites are located along the Applegate River. Camp trailers are not recommended due to tight corners and short campsite spur lengths. The day use area is adjacent to campground.

Drinking water and flush toilets are available. There are NO showers

Kayak and paddle board rentals are available at nearby Applegate Lake, $30 for 3-hrs or $45 all-day. There is also a boat ramp offered at the Lake.

Please note, there is a two-night minimum when you desire to reserve a Friday or Saturday night.

Natural Features

The unique character of the landscapes comprising the area has led to the designation of over 340,000 acres of the forest as wilderness, and over 200 miles of streams as National Wild and Scenic Rivers.

The forest itself is composed of two distinct geological provinces, the Cascade Range and the Siskiyou Mountains. The Cascade Range is dominated by snow-c apped volcanic peaks like the 9,495-foot Mt. McLoughlin, located within the Sky Lakes Wilderness.

The Siskiyou area embodies the most complex and treasured plant communities in the Pacific Northwest. World-class wild rivers, biological diversity, remarkable fisheries and complex watersheds all define the Siskiyou.

Diverse landscapes provide habitat for a wide range of wildlife, from spotted owls and bull elk to salamanders and Sandhill cranes.

Nearby Attractions

Stop by historic Jacksonville while in the area or enjoy special events like the Britt Festival.

The nearby Rogue River National Recreation Trail, stretching 40 miles between Grave Creek and Big Bend, offers some of southwestern Oregon's most scenic landscapes and rewarding hiking experiences. This hiking-only trail follows the north bank of the Rogue River as it winds its way toward the Pacific Ocean.

Visitors enjoy Crater Lake National Park and learning about its unique natural and cultural history. At 1,943 feet deep, Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States and one of the ten deepest lakes in the world.

ADA Access: N

$20.00 - $40.00
National Forest
Drive In
Walk In
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
No Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
No Market
Pets Allowed
No Phone Service
Picnic Table
No Showers
Trash Available
No WiFi
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RVs and Trailers
No Sanitary Dump
No Sewer Hookups
No Water Hookups
Max Length: 25 ft.
Jackson Campground on the Applegate River is located in Oregon
42.114 N
-123.0871 W
Get Directions
Highway 238 to Upper Applegate Road. Campground is close to mile marker 9.
3 Reviews of Jackson Campground on the Applegate River
River was nice

Host was obnoxious and the bathrooms were dirty, with no tp. Only one toilet was functional in the women's room and the sink was broken in the men's. With the group site overcrowded, the restrooms were a problem.

The setting was good, we enjoyed being right on the river. The river also helped drown out the trashy neighbors who ignored quiet hours. 

Pretty place, but we won't be back.

Gone to heaven

This place is amazing. I would visit this place every weekend if possible. The water is gorgeous and the mountains surrounding the lake make this such a special place. It’s one of those places that you’ll never forget!

First to Review
Great river access

Unfortunately when we came here the campgrounds around applegate lake were closed to season. However this campsite was still nice and sat alongside the river with fishing access. There were quite a few stray cats roaming the campsites but kept away from us while we were camping. Bathrooms are located centrally in the campgrounds and nearby is a fun little hiking trail that takes you to a Bigfoot trap and some abandoned buildings.