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


Sunnyside Campground is located along the southeast side of Cougar Reservoir at 1,700 feet in elevation. A large grove of conifers provides shade to these semi-private campsites. Motorhomes and trailers not recommended due to the steep entrance into campground.

Natural Features:

Situated near the South fork of the McKenzie River on the Willamette National Forest, Cougar Reservoir is part of the Cougar Recreation Area. Wildflower and wildlife viewing is abundant.


Hiking in the area is outstanding in nearby Three Sisters Wilderness, along Rebel Creek. Hikers and mountain bikers will enjoy exploring other trails including the French Pete Trail, Box Canyon Trail, Indian Ridge Lookout, and several day hikes within the Cougar Recreation Area. After a fun day on the lake, relax and enjoy Terwilliger Hot Springs – a day use area along Rider Creek.


The campground offers vault toilets, garbage collection, drinking water, and firewood. Individual campsites include a fire ring and picnic table. Easy access to the creek, river, and lake are possible from this scenic location.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Campfire Rings
  • Firewood
  • Host
  • Lake Access
  • Pets Allowed
  • Tables
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
Within 10 Miles
  • Boat Ramp
  • Hiking
  • Hot Springs
  • Mountain Biking
  • Trailheads
Know Before You Go
This is Sunnyside on Cougar Reservoir near Blue River. It is not Sunnyside at Foster Lake near Sweethome. That Sunnyside does not have reservations. Is this the campground you want?

  • There is no potable (drinking) water at Sunnyside. Please bring all the water you will need for drinking, cooking, washing, etc.
  • 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
  • New regulations are in effect for the Santiam Pass Summer Motorized Recreation Area. Off-highway vehicle use in the campground is strictly prohibited for any purpose other than entering or leaving the campground.
    • 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):
    44.05972, -122.21972
    44°3'35"N, 122°13'11"W

    From Blue River, travel 4 miles east on Hwy 126 to Aufderheide Drive (FS road 19). Continue on Aufderheide Drive for 9.5 miles; turn left on FS road 1900-500 for .25 miles.

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    57600 McKenzie Highway
    Blue River  OR  97413

    Phone Number:

    Information:  (541)603-8564
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