Sunnyside Campground is located along the southeast side of Cougar Reservoir at 1,700 feet in elevation. A large grove of conifers provides shade to these campsites. Motorhomes and trailers not recommended due to the steep entrance into the campground.
Hiking in the area is outstanding in nearby Three Sisters Wilderness, along Rebel Creek. Hikers will enjoy exploring other trails including the French Pete Trail, Box Canyon Trail, Indian Ridge Lookout, and several day hikes within the Cougar Recreation Area. After a fun day on the lake, relax and enjoy Terwilliger Hot Springs, a day use area along Rider Creek.
The campground offers vault toilets and garbage collection. Individual campsites include a fire ring and picnic table. Easy access to the lake is possible from this scenic location. There is no water available, campers will need to bring enough for the duration of their stay.
Situated near the South fork of the McKenzie River on the Willamette National Forest, Cougar Reservoir is part of the Cougar Recreation Area. Wildflower and wildlife viewing are abundant.
ADA Access: N
There is no potable water at this site but there is a well pump at the nearby sister site French Pete. That’s also the home site of the friendly hosts Thom and Amy.
Bathrooms here are hard-to-breathe smelly but are physically clean.
Nice proximity to the river and sounds nice at night. Surprisingly few mosquitoes.
All the sites are pretty nice. Loved being enveloped by all the trees.
No cell service (ATT/Verizon).
Quick drive to Terwilliger Hot Springs.
This campground in the Willamette National Forest is like a fairy wonderland, especially if you snag one of the secluded spots toward the cul-de-sac at the end. The river is nearby; some campsites are even closer. It's pretty rocky, but nice to put your feet in after a long hot hike. The bathroom is well kept and firewood is available from the camp host at one of the other campsites he oversees in the area. It's a short drive to multiple beautiful trailheads, including some that take you into the Three Sister Wilderness. It's also a short drive over to Cougar Hot Springs. ($7 a day)