RV & Camping

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Mitchell City Park
Shelton Wayside County Park
Bear Hollow County Park

Ochoco National Forest
Ochoco Divide
Walton Lake

Camping along the John Day River
Priest Hole
Burnt Ranch Recreation
Service Creek Campground
Mule Shoe Recreation Area
Spray River Front Park


Mitchell City Park
Location: Mitchell, Oregon 97750, off Hwy 26
Open: All year around (NOTE: The Park will be closed to campers – both RV and tent – during the August Eclipse – Friday August 18th thru Monday, August 21st.  Campers must vacate the park by 8am Friday morning and may return on Tuesday morning at 8am.

The park will also be closed to campers – both RV and tent – for Labor Day weekend due to the Painted Hills Festival. Campers must vacate the park by 10:00am on Friday and may return on Sunday at noon.)

Spaces: 4 RV Hookups with water** and electricity (no sewer), open lawn tent spaces.

** Water is available to fill your RV tank but in order to allow others to get water, please do not leave hose hooked up to your RV after your tank is filled

NO RESERVATIONS – Self Registration, put fee in Drop Box by Gazebo

Rate: $20/night for RV’s, $10/night for tents
Amenities: Restrooms, Picnic tables, playground, fire rings, Pavillion, water spigot
Description: The Mitchell City Park is located in downtown Mitchell along Bridge Creek and has various tent camping possibilities on a soft grass lawn. There are 4 RV Spots with Hook Ups. The park is well maintained and often used by bicyclists passing through or spending the night. There is a water spigot to fill up your water bottles with good drinking water from the town’s spring. There is a well-kept restroom (notice the beautiful art work on it’s walls created by June Nissinen together with the Mitchell high school students.
Contact Information 1-541-462-3121


Camping in the Ochoco National Forest
Ochoco Divide
Location: off Hwy 26 about 25 miles from Mitchell towards Prineville
Open: Mid May – Mid October
Rate: $13/night at self pay station
Amenities: Restrooms, Picnic tables, fire rings
No hook up’s, water, or waste station
Spaces: 21 combined RV or Tent spaces and 3 extra tent only spaces
Description: The Ochoco Divide Campground is located off Hwy 26 half way between Mitchell and Prineville at 4,700 feet. It provides large pull-through’s that can accommodate almost any size RV. With most sites well away from highway traffic and grand old Ponderosa pine and Douglas fir to shade the campsites, visitors can have a great forest camping experience without a detour off their intended route. There is even a secluded campsite conveniently located for touring bicyclists. The group site is part of the main Ochoco Divide Campground and can comfortably for 12 and up to 30 people. Parking is limited. Campers must park at the base of a small hill and walk up to the site. There is a day use area at the group site as well. The scenery surrounding the campground alternates between thick Ponderosa pine forests and grassy meadows, though shortly beyond the campground the road descends into lower-elevation, arid canyon lands.
Recreation: The group site of the Ochoco Divide Campground is mainly used by touring cyclists but is also a good place to take a relaxing stroll through the woods. There are opportunities for hunting, mountain biking and hiking in the national forest surrounding the facility. Several trailheads begin at the Bandit Springs rest stop about one mile from the campground on Highway 26.

For more information please visit Ochoco National forest Campgrounds Website
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Camping in the Ochoco National Forest
Walton Lake (about an hour from Mitchell on Forest road)
Directions: Take a right onto Dollarhide road right out of Mitchell, onto Upper Bridge Creek road, then Badger Creek Road, take a left onto Summit Rd. (NF 2630) and the 1st right onto Scott Camp Rd., turn right onto NF 3010
Open: Thursday before Memorial Day through Mid-October
Rate: $13/night
Spaces: total 29 of which 8 can be used by RV’s or tents.
Amenities: Restrooms,
No hook up’s or waste station
Description: Walton Lake Campground may be the best-known location in the Ochoco National Forest, offering a serene setting among old-growth Ponderosa pine and mountain meadows at 5,200 feet elevation. Most sites offer sweeping lake views. The campground stretches all around the lake with sites tucked in under the shady canopy of the forest. Most of the tent sites are walk-in and located on the Lake’s north shore and all have picnic tables and fire pits. The walk-in tent sites are situated along the shoreline. Walton Lake is a blue sparkling jewel hidden within the dense forest. A small dam impounds spring-fed water that seeps from surrounding sloped meadows. Aspen and tall willows add habitat diversity to make this place especially attractive to wildlife. This is a place to find white-headed woodpecker, belted kingfisher, spotted sandpiper, cinnamon teal, American coot, Steller’s jay, yellow-headed blackbird and Brewer’s blackbird
Recreation: Swimming, boating, fishing, hiking, wildlife observation
Visitors can choose to spend their vacation relaxing by fishing on the shore of Walton Lake, or swimming and paddling in the water. There is a swimming beach, fishing pier and boat ramp, and the lake is stocked with rainbow trout and catfish. There are also many trails nearby for those who would like to explore on foot or mountain bike. This includes the 7.5-mile multi-use Round Mountain Trail as well as the 1-mile Walton Lake Trail, which offers many scenic views around the lake.

For more information please visit Ochoco National forest Campgrounds Website


Camping along the John Day River
Priest Hole
Location: 5 miles off Burnt Ranch Rd heading east towards Twickenham
Direction: Pass the Painted Hills unit and follow the gravel road (Burnt Ranch Rd.) for about 3 miles, take a right following the sign to Twickenham, take a left down hill following the sign to Priest Hole.
Open: All year around but rough road can make it difficult to access in winter season
Rate: Free of charge, public land camping
Spaces: Natural openings for camping, no developed sites
BLM maintained, no RV’s on beaches
Amenities: Restrooms, Boat launch, No Garbage Collection! Haul out all Trash!
Observe seasonal fire bans! Campfires must be contained in a metal firepan and ashes hauled out with trash, an annual Fire Closure is in effect from June 1 to September 30 (no fires or charcoal are permitted during this time period)
Description: Located in a beautiful valley along the John Day, the Priest Hole is one of the favorite swimming and fishing spots of the locals. It’s remoteness and powerful natural setting makes it a one of a kind camping experience for all who love a taste of wilderness. There aren’t any developed campsites but natural sites can be easily spotted and some are right at the river’s shore. There is a boat ramp that is used all summer by different outfitters for organized boating trips down the John Day. On the far end of the area a basic restroom has been installed but there is no garbage collection, so all trash needs to be hauled out. Campers should “leave no trace,” and fire pans are required. There is an annual summer fire ban from June 1 to September 30 each year. There is no hunting allowed at the main recreation site but wildlife can often be observed.
Recreation: Hiking, swimming, boating, fishing, birding, wild life observation
There is a great easy loop hike that goes along the shore and through the valley with wonderful views of the rugged landscape and the river’s bends. For more information please visit BLM John Day River Campgrounds
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Burnt Ranch Beach and Lower Burnt Ranch Recreation Sites
Location: About 11 miles northwest of the Painted Hills Unit on Burnt Ranch Road
Open: All year around but because of rough road not always easy to access during winter months
Rate: Free of charge for camping on public lands
Spaces: Natural openings for walk-in camping on sandy shoreline, no developed sites, BLM maintained, Only walk in camping! No vehicles allowed on the beach!
Amenities: No Restroom at the beach but at boat launch 1/4 mile down the road at the Lower Burnt Ranch Recreation Site, No Garbage Collection! Haul all trash out! Campfires must be contained in a metal firepan and ashes hauled out with trash; an annual Fire Closure is in effect from June 1 to September 30 (no fires or charcoal are permitted during this time period).
Description: The Burnt Ranch Beach Recreation Site is one of the most romantic camping settings with its soft sandy river beach, a small grove of gnarled trees and impressive rock formations looming above the John Day River. Cars can be parked in a parking area provided on top or below but aren’t allowed on the beach. Campers should “leave no trace,” and fire pans are required. There is great fishing and swimming and a great hike along the shore. More camping possibilities are found ¼ mile down the Burnt Ranch Road at the Lower Burnt Ranch Recreation Site. There, a road leads down to the river (just follow the boat launch sign), into a lovely canyon with Juniper trees and sagebrush and a more rocky shore with great fishing spots. There is a basic restroom at Lower Burnt Ranch Recreation Site.
Recreation: Hiking, swimming, boating, fishing, birding, wildlife observation


Service Creek Campground
Location: At the bend of the John Day river at the intersection of State Routes 207 and 19 south of Service Creek
Open: All year around
Rate: $5.00 per site
Spaces: 6 walk – in sites, BLM maintained
Amenities: No drinking water, vault restroom, boat launch, No Garbage Collection! Haul all trash out! Campfires must be contained in a metal firepan and ashes hauled out with trash.
Description: This is a great campground location directly at the shore of the wild and scenic John Day River. Trees offer shade and the shore invites you for swimming and fishing. The boat launch is a popular spot for rafting outfitters in the summer months.
Recreation: Fishing, boating, swimming, picknicking


Mule Shoe Recreation Area
Location: On the south side HWY 19 between mileposts 80 and 81. Between Service Creek and Spray
Open: All year round, no reservations.
Spaces: BLM maintained, well developed campsites. 6 for RV’s or tents and 4 walk-in for tents. The RV sites will accommodate almost any length RV.
Amenities: Restrooms, picnic tables, fire rings
No electricity, water, waste dump station, campfires must be contained in a metal firepan and ashes hauled out with trash, an annual Fire Closure is in effect from June 1 to September 30 (no fires or charcoal are permitted during this time period)
Description: Mule Shoe campground was built in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management, the State of Oregon and Wheeler County. The park is operated by the BLM. This RV and tent camping site is situated along the John Day River just a few miles upstream from Service Creek. The primary attractions in the area include fishing, hunting, wildlife viewing, hiking and sight seeing. Fishing licenses and limited shopping is available in Spray, 11 miles east on Highway 19.
Recreation: Fishing, swimming, boating, wildlife observation, and some of the best fishing in Oregon! Fish for small mouth bass, and seasonally, fish for Steelhead. A boat launch is available at Mule Shoe as well as additional areas between Mule Shoe and Spray. Check the Oregon State fishing rules and regulations. There are some terrific astronomy opportunities because the nearest source of light pollution is over one hundred miles away. While the skies are somewhat obstructed to the south due to the surrounding terrain, the east and west views are basically clear. The exact location for computerized telescopes is 119.96745° W, 44.80707° N








Spray River Front Park
Location: City of Spray, along John Day River
Open: All year around weather permitting
Rate: $12/night
Sites: This scenic little RV Park has 8 primitive campsites only, no hook-ups.
Amenities: Restrooms, fire rings, boat launch for $5


Shelton Wayside County Park
Location: Located at 42853 Highway 19 about 13 miles SE of Fossil, managed by Wheeler County
Open: From mid-April to November 1st weather permitting
Spaces: Tent and RV camping at 44 primitive, serene forest sites. No reservations!
Rate: The County charges $5 per night to camp, with an additional charge of $5 per extra vehicle. Pets and horses are allowed.
Amenities: Restrooms, picnic tables, fire rings
Description: Simple developed campsites under forest canopy. Fire pits and tables are located at all sites. Service Creek runs the length of the park with two new pedestrian bridges crossing the creek to access a hiking trail. New disabled accessible vault toilets and potable water are also available.


Bear Hollow County Park
Location: 7 miles south east from Fossil on State Hwy.19
Managed by Wheeler County
Open: All year around weather permitting
Spaces: 30 primitive tent and RV sites under forest canopy.
Rate: $10 for the first night and $5 for any additional night
Amenities: Vault toilets, picnic tables, fire rings, drinking water. Pets ad horses allowed. No hook-ups, no electricity
Description: Bear Hollow Campground is located in a fragrant pine and fir tree forest with Butte Creek running through. It’s a peaceful place with the relaxing sounds of the forests. Wild life can be observed occasionally.


Message from your Public Land Management Agencies
Practice Good Stewardship of our Public Lands:
You can help to take good care of our public lands so that others may enjoy these areas for years to come by practicing some of the following actions:
Don’t Litter… take along a trash bag or other receptacle for collecting your trash so that you can deposit it in the proper trash receptacle.
Make sure that you are using the correct type of camping equipment permitted in that area. Check with your destination ahead of time for seasonal fire or camp stove restrictions that may be in place.
Don’t camp in areas where you are not permitted. These areas have been declared “off limits” to campers to protect wildlife, vegetation, or for your safety.
Safety While Camping:
– Check with local park, forest, or public lands agents to see what precautions need to be taken in regard to storing food away from wildlife
– Do not feed the local wildlife
– Take precautions against camping in an area that may be dangerous in the case of sudden flash floods. Check with local rangers to find a safe and legal camping area
– Remember to take along non-perishable food that won’t make you ill if it spoils
– Be courteous and remember that you are sharing public lands with other campers and recreationists
– Do not camp on unauthorized areas
– Bring along extra safety items such as water, flashlights, maps, and a cellphone or radio