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Status: Open through Sun Oct 11 2015   Season Dates


Haystack Campground (East Shore) is located in central Oregon’s scenic Crooked River National Grassland. With a view of Mt. Jefferson in the distance, visitors can enjoy the beautiful vistas while relaxing in the high desert.

Natural Features:

Near Madras, Oregon, Haystack Reservoir’s 240 surface-acres are surrounded by a high desert landscape of juniper trees and sagebrush.
The expanse of water attracts waterfowl such as common loon, horned grebe, red-necked grebe, and eared grebe for a respite during migration. Rarities that have been reported are trumpeter swan, surf scoter, black-necked stilt, sanderling, bald eagle, osprey, and eastern kingbird. The spring breeding season in April through May produces nature's own concert from Pacific chorus frog.


Fishing is a popular pastime at the reservoir, which is regularly stocked. Largemouth bass, rainbow trout, kokanee, along with crappie and catfish are some of the species that inhabit the water. Recreational boating is also popular with paved boat ramps available at Haystack Campground as well as at the West Shore Campground. Swimming is also permitted.
Nearby areas provide other activities such as rock climbing, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, and ATV use.


Haystack Campground offers 24 spacious campsites that will accommodate tents to large RVs. It is located on the east shore of Haystack Reservoir and has paved interior roads and site pads. Each campsite has a picnic table and campfire ring. There are five vault toilets conveniently located throughout the campground. Potable water is available at the RV fill station located just past the entrance station.

In addition to the individual campsites, there are Day Use areas that have covered picnic tables.

Nearby Attractions:

Smith Rock State Park, a very popular area for rock climbing is about a 20-minute drive to the south. Also, a spectacular view of the Crooked River Gorge is available from an old highway bridge, now accessible by a short walk from a rest area just off Hwy 97 about 15 minutes south of the campground.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Boat Ramp
  • Accessible Campsites
  • Accessible Parking
  • Accessible Picnic Areas
  • Accessible Picnic Shelters
  • Accessible Sites
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boat Trailer Parking
  • Boating
  • Campfire Rings
  • Day Use Area
  • Drinking Water (Peak Season)
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Firewood Vendor
  • First Aid Kit
  • Fishing
  • Host
  • Ice
  • Lake Access
  • Parking Area
  • Paved Roads
  • Paved Sites
  • Pets Allowed
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Shelters
  • RV sites
  • Recycling
  • Self Pay Station
  • Shade
  • Tent sites
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
  • Water (Seasonal)
  • Water Access
  • Water Spigot
  • Waterfront Sites
Within 10 Miles
  • Accessible Boat Dock
  • Accessible Fishing Dock
  • Accessible Scenic Overlook
  • Accessible Walkways
  • Bait Shop
  • Biking
  • Dock
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Emergency Services
  • Fishing Licenses
  • Food Services
  • General Store
  • Group Camping
  • Group Site (Reservable)
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation
  • Propane
  • RV Storage
  • RV supplies
  • Scenic Overlooks
  • Showers
Know Before You Go
  • A per-day, per vehicle fee of $6.00 will be collected on-site for extra vehicles.
  • Off-highway vehicles are not allowed in the campground.
  • This campground has first-come, first-serve sites.
  • 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):
44.49194, -121.14639
44°29'31"N, 121°8'47"W

From Highway 97: Exit Jericho Lane and go east for approximately 1.2 miles. Turn right on Haystack Drive (FS 7130 / FS 96) and continue on for about 2.1 miles. The Haystack Campground entrance is on the left. From Highway 26: Exit on Laurel Lane (FS 96) and go west for approximately 4 miles. Bear right at the intersection of FS 7130 / FS 96 and continue on for about 2 miles. Haystack Campground entrance will be on the right.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 739
Prineville  OR  97754

Phone Number:

Information:  (208)270-0094
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