Medford is Southern Oregon’s largest city and the heart of the Rogue Valley. The city sits between the Cascade Range and the Siskiyou Mountains and is the perfect basecamp for endless outdoor adventures. The Rogue River is only a few miles out of town and Crater Lake National Park is only 57 miles northeast. The region is also incredibly fertile and produces some of the best wine, cheese, and produce in the state.
The Medford area is just brimming with fantastic camp spots. You can get as remote as you want from RV parks with all the amenities just outside the city limits and hot springs resorts to riverside yurts and walk-in only tent sites. Here are some of the best spots to camp near Medford, Oregon.
Howard Prairie Lake is a popular boating, fishing, and camping spot tucked into the Cascade Mountains 37 miles east of Medford. The Howard Prairie Lake offers everything you need for a vacation on the water from boat ramps, boat rentals, a fishing pier, and a gear shop to campsites, cabin rentals, and hiking trails.
“Great family campground, plenty of bike and lakeside hiking trails. Nice shade during the hot months. Definitely will go back!” — The Dyrt camper Chris F.
- Over 200 campsites – RV and tent sites
- Water/electric/sewer sites available
- Prices $22-$35 (+ $4 entry fee)
- Showers, firewood, and ice available
Located along the Rogue River just outside of Grant’s Pass, Valley of The Rogue State Park offers fantastic access for fishing and rafting trips on the Rogue. The campground features tent and RV sites as well as yurt rentals and a short interpretative trail follows the river’s edge and is connected to the more extensive Rogue River Greenway Trail. Campsite amenities include flush toilets, drinking water, hot showers, and a boat launch.
“This is a great campground just outside of Grant’s Pass, OR. We used it as a stopover on the way to Crater Lake so we could get up early and get a good spot at one of the National Park campgrounds.” — The Dyrt camper Chelsea R.
- 167 campsites for tents and RVs
- Electric and water hookups available
- Dogs allowed in the campground and pet-friendly yurt
Forty-five miles east of Medford, Lake of the Woods is one of the most pristine high mountain lakes in the southern Oregon Cascades and a very popular recreation spot. The Lake of the Woods Resort is located on the eastern shore of the lake and offers camping, cabin rentals, boat rentals, and a restaurant and bar overlooking the lake.
“My entire family has stayed here twice for family reunions and it has been a great spot for the entire family! They have cabins (tiny houses) for rent as well as spots for RVs! The lake is absolutely stunning and a great size for boating and fishing.” — The Dyrt camper Mica Z.
- Over 80 campsites – RV, tent, and group sites
- 22 sites available with full and partial hookups
- Prices – $23-$40 (prices vary by site type)
- Dogs allowed
Jackson Wellsprings is an artesian mineral hot spring resort 11 miles south of Medford. Overnight camping options include tent sites, RV sites with full hookups, and teepee rentals. Guests enjoy free use of the soaking tubs and swimming pool. Reservations recommended for RV sites and teepees and there’s always room for tents.
“Relaxed atmosphere and reasonably priced for car and tent camping, plus camping fees include access to the rejuvenating sulfur-rich hot spring pool, swimming pool and sauna. This is right in the Ashland/Medford metro area so it is very convenient for travel days when you have things to do in town.” — The Dyrt camper Courtney T.
- Tent, RV sites, and teepee rentals
- Electric, water, and sewer hookups
- Tent prices – $25/night tent sites, $15 each additional person
- Dogs allowed – extra charge and some restrictions apply
Southern Oregon RV Park is a county-run RV park six miles north of Medford. All sites are paved and can accommodate RVs up to 75′ in length. Each site has a picnic table and campfire pit and free Wi-Fi is available throughout the park.
“This is a newer Jackson County park (maybe 2-3 years old). It is easily accessible and located in the northern part of Medford in Central Point (Medford suburb if you will). The landscaping and grounds are impeccable. The sites are level and each site has a picnic table and campfire space, as well as small lawn areas. The sites are a good distance from each other.” — The Dyrt camper Kevin H.
- 92 RV sites – no tent sites or car camping
- Water, electric & sewer hookups available
- Prices – $38 standard sites, $40 premium sites
- Dogs allowed
Located 34 miles northeast of Medford on the Rogue River’s scenic Lost Creek Reservoir, the Joseph Stewart State Park offers camping, hiking, fishing, boating, and swimming. Reservations for tent and RV sites are available up to 30 days in advance and amenities include flush toilets, hot showers, and an off-leash pet area.
What an awesome place to camp! So much space, the lake is gorgeous! The best part is that we haven’t had to deal with any obnoxious, loud campers. Small families, lots of dogs, nice and peaceful. — The Dyrt camper Robyn G.
- 200 total campsites – RV, tent, and group sites
- Electric and water hookups available — no sewer hookups
- Prices – $17-$27 (prices vary by season)
- Dogs allowed
Camping at Squaw Lakes Campground offers a unique and remote experience 36 miles south of Medford. All campsites require guests to walk-in via a hiking trail from the parking area and all camping gear must be carried in unless you use the ATV portage service available at the discretion of the camp host. Picnic tables, campfire rings, vault toilets, and drinking water are available.
“This is truly an Oregon gem. Swimming, non-motorized boating, fishing, hiking, trail cycling, you name it, this place has it.” — The Dyrt camper Jennifer A.
- 15 campsites – individual tent and group tent sites only
- No electricity
- Prices – $15-$40 (no fees November – mid-May)
- Dogs allowed
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