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Muleshoe Campground

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Bureau of Land Management

Located just off of the sleepy John Day Highway, this campground offers 8 primitive campsites and an unimproved boat launch accessing the John Day River. The ancient river canyon weaves through the area providing spectacular views with ever-changing light and shadows in the early morning and late evening hours. A picturesque grove of ponderosa pine trees lines a section of the riverbank opposite the campground and the site itself has a large, solitary pine prominently situated. The surrounding layer cake geology is exposed in various peekaboo angles from the campground.

Know Before You Go:

Open year-round Six drive-in campsites; two walk-to campsites. All campsites are available on a first come, first served basis; no reservations are available. Two wheelchair accessible vault toilets. No utility hookups or potable water are available No garbage service - please pack out your trash An annual fire closure is in effect from June 1 through October 15. Prohibited acts include building, igniting, maintaining, attending, using, tending, or being within 20 feet of a campfire, charcoal fire, or any other type of open flame; smoking, except while in non-public buildings, closed vehicles, in boats on the water, or while standing in the water.

Point of Interest

Although located along State highway 19 the sights and sounds of the John Day River dominate over any road noise making it easy to forget the highway is even there. Bring a book as there's no cell phone coverage here.

Fee Info

$5 per night per campsite;<br/> <br/> $2 for each additional vehicle over the first vehicle, excluding towed vehicles

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Muleshoe Campground is located in Oregon

Detail location of campground


From Spray, Oregon: Drive 10.5 miles west along State Highway 19/207. The campground is on the left side of the highway.


Prineville District Office 3050 NE 3rd St.
Prineville, OR 97754


44.80732 N
119.96704 W

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Reviewed May. 4, 2024

BLM camping and boat launch on the John Day

6 long level spots on the John Day. A few walk in tents spots too. 2 vault toilets No trash so pack in/pack out $5/night, self registration. Great spot in center of John Day Fossil Beds national monument. Across the way you could see the seasonal waterfall

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MeLinda W.
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2020

Not for us, but...

for tents or walk in. Very dry, dusty area adjacent to John Day River. Not close to river and access was a raft ramp at one end of campground. No where for a teardrop. Again, my phone is off when camping so no pics. I wouldn't chose this as a destination, but someone else may love the rawness of the area. Especially rafters or someone wanting to float the lovely river.

Ashley L.
Reviewed May. 4, 2020


Honestly the site was so picturesque. It was amazing. Only downfall is being wide open and really close to other sites. We had an RV to our right and no one to our left , so we didn’t have people directly by us. It was so beautiful with a short walk down to the river, and only $5/night.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does Muleshoe Campground have wifi?

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