Tent Sites
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Drinking Water
About Squaw Lakes

Squaw Lakes Campground is nestled in the deep shade of a mixed-conifer forest on the banks of Squaw and Little Squaw Lakes. The facility provides tent-only campsites that are reachable via foot trails. The unique, remote setting offers visitors stunning scenery and access to a multitude of recreational opportunities.


Hiking and fishing top the list of recreational opportunities at Squaw Lakes Campground. Two mountain lakes, a river and a handful of hiking trails are accessible from the campground.

Anglers enjoy the remote location and scenic backdrop of two natural lakes, providing excellent fishing opportunities for coldwater and warmwater species. Squaw Lake, larger than its sister, sustains rainbow and cutthroat trout, yellow perch, brown bullhead and black bass. Little Squaw Lake provides a rare fishery for 8-11" wild, native coastal cutthroat trout. A 0.25-mile hiking trail connects the lakes. Motors are not permitted on the lakes.

From the campground, Little Squaw Trail is a 1-mile interpretive hike that provides visitors with many opportunities for picnicking and swimming. The 2-mile Summit Lake Trail travels through a mixed conifer forest and small water crossings.


Squaw Lakes Campground contains 10 individual sites and five group sites. All sites are walk-in and designated for tent camping only. They are reachable by walking on foot trails from the parking area. Vehicles must be parked outside the gated area, and all personal belongings must be carried to the campsite. The closest campsites are approximately 1/4 mile from parking and the farthest campsites are approximately 1.5 miles from parking.

During specific hours (variable) we do offer an ATV portage service for your camping gear. We will not transport people. This service is at the discretion of the Camp Host, and charged at $15 per trip.

Picnic tables, campfire rings and vault toilets are provided. Drinking water is provided via a hand-pump, located near site # 2. Most sites are located at the water's edge.

Please note, there is a two-night minimum when you desire to reserve a Friday or Saturday night. Visit www.applegatelake.com for more information.

Natural Features

The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest is composed of two distinct geological provinces: the Cascade Range and the Siskiyou Mountains. The Cascade Range is dominated by snow-capped volcanic peaks such as 9,495 foot Mt. McLoughlin within the Sky Lakes Wilderness. The Siskiyou area embodies world-class rivers, remarkable fisheries and the most complex and treasured plant communities in the Pacific Northwest.

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

ADA Access: N

Fee Info
Camping fees are $15 night, which includes 1-vehicle. Additional vehicles are $5 per day. Group Camping is $40 per night, which includes 2-vehicles. Additional vehicles are $5 per day. Day Use Fee: $5 per vehicle. Camp-host onsite will be collecting this fee.
$15.00 - $40.00
National Forest
Drive In
Walk In
Hike In
Boat In
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
Pets Allowed
Picnic Table
Trash Available
Squaw Lakes is located in Oregon
42.0362 N
-123.0227 W
Get Directions
From Jacksonville, Oregon, take Highway 238 west 7 miles and turn left at Ruch on Road 859. Go 14 miles to Applegate Dam, cross over the dam (Road 1075) and continue on pavement 2 miles. When pavement ends, continue 7 miles to the campground.
4 Reviews of Squaw Lakes
Great place 👌🏼

Absolutely beautiful and quite. Love the lake and the trails around it. The ground is full of graphite which is pretty cool too 🙌🏼 Went during the off season so I had to lug everything myself so it was tough but definitely a nice low key camping place

beautiful and serene

not alot 0f people come here and I like it. very mellow. lots of wildlife.

Quite Place

I love camping here. It is so beautiful and peaceful. Awesome size lake prefect for swimming and fishing.

First to Review
Always a Family Tradition

This is truly an Oregon gem. Swimming, non-motorized boating, fishing, hiking, trail cycling, you name it, this place has it.

Pack-in/Pack-out, with the option to hire the camp host and his four-wheeler to drop your gear off at your site. You’ll have to walk in.

The water has the most beautiful silver shale sparkles, and almost always feels warm.

Pack warm clothes for night and be sure to have good bug spray, even for when you’re unloading…