Union Creek Campground is located west of Crater Lake National Park in Western Oregon. The campground is a picturesque site in the midst of old growth forest. Both Union Creek as well as the confluence of Union Creek and the Rogue River are in the area. Hiking trails include easy access to the Union Creek and Upper Rogue River Camping. Three full service RV sites are located just outside of the campground entrance, monitored by the Union Creek Campground host. These sites are accessible on a dirt road (Road 390). As there are problems with the map on recreation.gov, please see the campground map at roguerec.com
Please note: This is the Union Creek Campground located in southwestern Oregon in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, west of Crater Lake National Park (near Medford). This is not the Union Creek Campground located in eastern Oregon near Baker City.”
Those fishing and hiking in the area can expect outstanding views of Mount McLoughlin. Hikers will enjoy the Rogue Gorge Trail System. Sights to see include Rogue Gorge, Natural Bridge and Crater Lake National Park.
This large campground contains a variety of campsites to accommodate groups, families and individuals. Sites are large enough to accommodate RVs and trailers. Drinking water and vault toilets are provided, as well as picnic tables and grills. A public phone is available within walking distance at the front of the Highway 62 turnoff to the campground. Firewood is available for purchase at the Campground Host Site.
Drives to nearby Crater Lake National Park to the northeast and Lost Creek Lake to the south are wonderful opportunities for visitors to the area.
This is a premier fishing campground with nearby access to both Union Creek and the Rogue River.
Visitors are encouraged explore the area including: Rogue River, Rogue Gorge, Rainbow Bridge, Lost Creek and Crater Lake National Park. Groceries and a hot meal are close by in Prospect, Oregon, and at the Union Creek Resort.
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Stayed in campsite 86. Lots of space and foliage between campsites so that they maintained a private feel. Lots of space for social distancing. (This was particularly true of the higher numbers). 91 also appeared to be a very private waterfront site. Creek is very cold and perfectly clear. Nicest pit toilets I’ve come across in awhile— well cleaned and with hand sanitizer dispensers.
My group and I found this campground after spending a day venturing around Crater Lake National Park. Our site felt really private since we couldn't see any other campers through the dense forest. Pretty buggy the first weekend of July, so packing some bug spray is a good idea, especially if your site is next to the water. Sitting out by the creek while the sun was coming up in the morning was a definite highlight.
We had a reservation for the night at Mazama, which NPS cancelled <24 hours prior to our arrival so we were left scrambling for another place to stay. This campground was on the list of outside-of-the-park alternatives, and we were able to grab a site (one of several that were available) when we arrived around 6pm. The campsite was nice and right along the creek, the water tasted great, and it's relatively close to Crater Lake.
We really enjoyed a couple of nights here in September. The place was about half full. Quite clean and quiet, which was nice for us as tent campers. The hosts are friendly, and had firewood for sale. We were surprised that fires were allowed, so we were willing to pay abut $10 for an armload that lasted us for the evening. The sound of the Rogue River is so soothing.
It was great having the Rogue River trail run right past the campground. We checked out the Rogue Gorge trail, which is a short loop past some dramatic narrow sections of the river. We also walked down toward the Natural Bridge, which is an amazing spot where the river runs down into a lava tube and then emerges about 100 yards later.
It's also a pretty easy drive back up to Crater Lake, which also was pleasantly uncrowded. Over the course of three days, we did several hikes.
Internet and phone service are pretty much non-existent, which was fine. You can connect up around Crater Lake Lodge.
This is a great campground only about 45 minutes from Crater Lake National Park. It is a very large campground with spots on the river, sunny spots, spots with rock fireplaces, very large spots, a wide range of spots to choose from. There was heavy smoke from nearby forest fires and fires from California that caused a lot of people to not visit the campground, making it very quiet and relaxing for those of us who did visit. Due to the smoke, I did not visit any of the nearby hiking spots but did take a photo posted on the information board. However the park is so large with many roads and paths that just walking around the park was great. There were also several people and kids riding their bikes around, I definitely recommend bringing bikes. The small village of Union Creek at the entrance had a couple restaurants, a food truck, a general store, an ice cream shoppe, and another campground. The general store sold bundles of wood for a couple bucks cheaper then the Campground Host, and the Huckleberry ice cream at the shoppe was a perfect summer treat.
I was in spot 78. It was a large spot with the river running about 200 yards behind it. There was enough room for several tents. The path to the river, led right to a private sand bar in a slow moving part of the river. Great for families. The bathroom was also fairly close to the spot.
The cons for this spot, the water and trash were very far away. If you were filling up anything more then a water bottle you would have to drive to fill up on water. There were also only a couple locations that had trash bins making it possible to walk to, but again if you had a large amount of trash or leaking trash bag you would have to drive.
Overall I highly recommend this campground, especially the spots near 78.
My wife and young son and I stayed at Union Creek Campground in June 2016. The campground is really well cared for and clean. There are quite a few sites that we would consider top shelf - large tent space, large campfire and table space, privacy, and view. There is a small restaurant and ice cream shop near the entrance if you need a break from roughing it. And it is a great basecamp for a day trip to Crater Lake National Park. Love this campground and will be back.