This quiet, 19 site, family-friendly camp is located in a lush, mature Douglas-fir/vine maple/sword fern forest alongside the North Fork of the Middle Fork Willamette Wild and Scenic River. The campground sits off Forest Service Road 19 (also known as the Aufderheide Drive), which is a portion of the 220-mile long West Cascades Scenic Byway. Popular recreational activities in this area include driving the West Cascades Scenic Byway, fishing, and road cycling Aufderheide Drive. Nearby, the North Fork Trail is popular for hiking and mountain cycling. Please note that special fishing regulations apply to the North Fork of the Middle Fork Willamette River. Please consult the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for the most up-to-date information.
This is a nice little campground on the north fork of the middle fork of the willamette river. It only has about 10-20 walk up only sites. It is about 20 miles past Westfir on forest rd 19. It is a ways out, which is nice, just remember to hit services in Oakridge before you head out as those are the closest. This park is one of the only sites out here, so you kinda have to luck out and have a good plan B. The few sites that are on the river are quiet, private and cozy. Some even have river access, though the river is quick and shallow it does make for good wading, but not much swimming or floating opportunities. Great place to feel the cool air off the river and just relax, will be returning for sure. There are no showers and only pit toilets, there is also a old fashioned water pump on site.
- river front sites
- Private sites
- Distance from civilization
- No showers
- Walk-up only (no reservations)
- Distance from services
Tried to hit Blair Lake for some early season (June 17) camping, only to find impassible roads with 4' snow banks. 4,800ft elevation, I wasn't expecting snow, but a nice gentleman and his son recommended a way back down the mountain that would lead toward Box Canyon and some other campsites.
I ended up at Kiahanie because it was closest (having already been in the car for four hours), and there were riverside sites available. The sites are large, and have a few hundred feet between them. There's water, but no electricity (or maybe limited electric), bathrooms, and an awesome host named Leigh.
They weren't selling firewood, and the pickins' were slim after a big rain, but managed to scrounge enough for a few hours of heat.