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SQUAW LAKES, OR

part ofRogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: SQUAW LAKES
Status: Closed through Wed Sep 24 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Squaw Lakes Campground is nestled in the deep shade of a mixed-conifer forest on the banks of Squaw and Little Squaw Lakes. The facility provides tent-only campsites that are reachable via foot trails. The unique, remote setting offers visitors stunning scenery and access to a multitude of recreational opportunities.

Natural Features:

The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest is composed of two distinct geological provinces: the Cascade Range and the Siskiyou Mountains. The Cascade Range is dominated by snow-capped volcanic peaks such as 9,495 foot Mt. McLoughlin within the Sky Lakes Wilderness. The Siskiyou area embodies world-class rivers, remarkable fisheries and the most complex and treasured plant communities in the Pacific Northwest.

Diverse landscapes provide habitat for a wide-range of wildlife, from spotted owls and elk to salamanders and sandhill cranes.

Recreation:

Hiking and fishing top the list of recreational opportunities at Squaw Lakes Campground. Two mountain lakes, a river and a handful of hiking trails are accessible from the campground.

Anglers enjoy the remote location and scenic backdrop of two natural lakes, providing excellent fishing opportunities for coldwater and warmwater species. Squaw Lake, larger than its sister, sustains rainbow and cutthroat trout, yellow perch, brown bullhead and black bass. Little Squaw Lake provides a rare fishery for 8-11" wild, native coastal cutthroat trout. A 0.25-mile hiking trail connects the lakes. Motors are not permitted on the lakes.

From the campground, Little Squaw Trail is a 1-mile interpretive hike that provides visitors with many opportunities for picnicking and swimming. The 2-mile Summit Lake Trail travels through a mixed conifer forest and small water crossings.

Facilities:

Squaw Lakes Campground contains 17 individual sites and two group sites, all of which are designated for tent camping only and are reachable by walking on foot trails to the sites. Vehicles must be parked outside the gate area, and all personal belongings must be carried into the camping areas.

Picnic tables, campfire rings, vault toilets are provided. Drinking water is provided via a hand-pump, located near site # 2. Most sites are located at the water's edge.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Picnic Areas
  • Accessible Pit Toilets
  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Boating
  • Campfire Rings
  • Canoeing
  • Drinking Water (Hand Pump)
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Group Camping
  • Hiking
  • Host
  • Interpretive Trails
  • Kayaking
  • Lake Access
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parking Area
  • Swimming
  • Trailheads
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • Accessible Boat Dock
  • Accessible Boat Ramp
  • Accessible Picnic Area
  • Accessible Sites
  • Beach Access
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boat Trailer Parking
  • Boat-In Sites
  • Fish Cleaning Stations
  • Flush Toilets
  • Group Picnic Shelters
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Paved Roads
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Scenic Overlooks
Know Before You Go
  • Campsites are hike-in, accessible only by foot trails.
  • Vehicle parking is outside the main gate, and in parking lot area. No parking at individual campsites.
  • Each campsite is allowed 1-vehicle parking, each additional vehicle $5/night.
  • Campers are advised to check-in at the Applegate Lake General Store at Hart-Tish Park. The store is located 0.75 miles past the dam on the left side of Upper Applegate Rd.
  • Reservation confirmation letter must be available to Camp-Host at all times. Routine checks are made, and failure to provide documentation could result in early departure.
  • Small bear-proof food-storage bins are provided, please keep clean.
  • A trash can is provided at each site. In the off-season, please pack out all trash.
  • Only non-motorized boats allowed on lakes.
  • Cart and portage service available. Click here for more details.
  • Firewood is available for sale from Camp-Host.
  • For additional information, call Hart-Tish Park General Store at Applegate Lake at (541) 899-9220 or email: info@applegatelake.com
  • Click here for more information about Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.
  • When your first camping night is a Friday or Saturday night, a two-night minimum reservation is required.
  • Over holiday periods, there is a two-night camping minimum.
  • 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):
42.12306, -123.125
42°7'23"N, 123°7'30"W

From Jacksonville, Oregon, take Highway 238 west 7 miles and turn left at Ruch on Road 859. Go 14 miles to Applegate Dam, cross over the dam (Road 1075) and continue on pavement 2 miles. When pavement ends, continue 7 miles to the campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

SQUAW LAKES
FOREST ROAD 1075
JACKSONVILLE  OR  97530

Phone Number:

Information:  (541) 899-9220
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