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part ofWillamette National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Sun Sep 13 2015   Season Dates


French Pete Campground sits at an elevation of 1,800 feet in the Willamette National Forest. This popular escape from summer heat is heavily shaded by a thick canopy of conifers. French Pete Creek runs through the campground which is located on the South Fork of the McKenzie River in Oregon.

Natural Features:

French Pete Campground sits at the confluence of the South Fork of the McKenzie River and French Pete Creek. The area is heavily wooded with Douglas fir trees and vine maple.


The area offers excellent opportunities for fishing, hiking, boating, swimming, camping, picnicking, and scenic drives.

Fishing in the McKenzie River is “catch and release” only for trout.

The Three Sisters Wilderness Area as well as French Pete and Box Canyon Trail Areas offer several miles of hiking. Additional hiking trailheads are a short drive away.

Terwilliger (Cougar) Hot Springs are nearby for a nice soak. Cougar Reservoir and Hidden Lake are also in the vicinity, offering additional recreation options.


Campsites are nicely shaded with access to both French Pete Creek and the South Fork of the McKenzie River. This 17-unit campground has toilets, water from a hand pump, fire rings, garbage service, and waste water disposal sites.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Campfire Rings
  • Creek Access
  • Drinking Water (Hand Pump)
  • Firewood
  • Host
  • Pets Allowed
  • RV sites
  • Tables
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
Within 10 Miles
  • Boat Ramp
  • Hiking
  • Hot Springs
  • Kayaking
  • Lake Access
  • Mountain Biking
  • Trailheads
Know Before You Go
  • No electric hookups at this facility
  • This facility has first-come, first-served sites
  • Limit one vehicle per campsite; a fee will be charged for additional vehicles
  • Click here for more information on Willamette National Forest

  • Don't Move Firewood: Please protect Pacific Northwest forests by preventing the spread of invasive species. Firewood can carry insects and diseases that can threaten the health of our western forests. You can make a difference by obtaining and burning your firewood near your camping destination. Visit Dontmovefirewood.org for further information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
44.04225, -122.20839
44°2'32"N, 122°12'30"W

From Blue River, Oregon, travel four miles east on Highway 126 to Aufderheide Drive (Forest Service Road 19). Continue on Aufderheide Drive for 11 miles to French Pete Campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

French Pete Campground
Blue River  OR  97413

Phone Number:

Information:  (541)603-8564
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