Kingfisher Campground is a diamond in the rough. Its unkempt appearance gives it a true nature feel, yet it offers numerous modern conveniences and is close to a variety of recreational opportunities. It lies next to the scenic Hot Springs Fork of Collawash River, a tributary to the Wild and Scenic Clackamas River nearby.
Catch and release fishing for trout is allowed on the main fork of the Collawash, but the streams are closed to fishing. Whitewater rafting and kayaking are popular activities in the area. At least one 5-mile stretch of the more than 17-mile river boasts class III-IV whitewater.
Visitors enjoy hiking in the Bull of the Woods Wilderness, which is south of the campground and offers numerous trailheads. Several primitive forest roads nearby are open to mountain biking. The Cascades Scenic Byway, which follows the Clackamas River, is not far from the campground.
The campground offers nearly two dozen single-family sites for tent and RV camping. RVs larger than 19 feet, however, may have difficulty negotiating tight turns within the campground. No utility hookups are available. Parking surfaces are either paved or gravel.
Each site is equipped with a table and campfire ring with grill. Accessible vault toilets and drinking water are provided. Firewood is available for purchase at the campground.
The campground is located in the Mt. Hood National Forest along the banks of the Hot Springs Fork of Collawash River, just north of the Bull of the Woods Wilderness. It is situated in a mixed evergreen forest at an elevation of about 1,250 feet. A variety of birds and wildlife make their homes in the area.
Kingfisher Campground is at the center of the Mt. Hood National Forest, where a variety of tourist attractions and historic sites draw thousands of visitors every year. A map of the area can be found at the Ripplebrook Camp Store about 9 miles north of the campground.
Bagby Hot Springs is located about 5 miles southwest of the campground. A popular site for soaking and relaxing, the springs are in a heavily wooded area. The available bathhouses are fed by three major hot water springs and several minor outlets in the area. A historic guard station was built there in 1913.
The city of Estacada is 35 miles northwest of the campground, with a variety of dining and shopping options, groceries and fuel.
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It’s a nice getaway with a decent rustic feel to the campground. Vault toilets, if needed.
these sites are nice. restrooms and fire pits available but no showers. great place to float on the river but bring water shoes. excellent for big groups!!
Nice stream for cooling off and kids to play in
Kingfisher CG is on the road to Bagby Hot Springs and Campground. I've never camped there before, but it was on the Collawash River and I've loved that tributary of the Clackamas for years. We were in #19 one of the few sites available on Reserve America. It was large enough for two or three tents. There were both old growth Cedar and Douglas Fir all around, with understory vine maple shading the whole campsite. Each site was spacious and private. Pit pots were clean with no smell. The campground host even rescued our chronic runaway Husky, Sage, as he snuck out of the van one morning. In all a beautiful place to escape the Valley heat.
Clean and only a 15 minute ride up the dirt road to Bagby Hotsprings. Hand pump well onsite and cleanish bathrooms. The river spots are the best, but limited and go fast. Being what you need for a while as the nearest store is at least 30 minutes away. Wood was typcially expensive and dried so it burned too fast. Great to start a fire, but brIng bigger logs or prepare to spend. No cell phone service for Verizon, AT&T or Sprint from what we and our neighbors experienced. Will go back for sure.