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WHISKY CAMP GUARD STATION, OR

part ofUmpqua National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: WHISKY CAMP GUARD STATION
Status: Open through Wed Dec 31 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Whisky Camp, built in the 1940s, was the summer home of a fireguard whose primary duties were firefighter, relief lookout, phone line and trail maintenance and fire prevention.

Located in the Tiller Ranger District in southwestern Oregon, the cabin now offers relaxation and recreation for visitors throughout the year. Four-wheel drive vehicles are recommended for travel to this site, and guests must bring several of their own supplies.

Natural Features:

At an elevation of 3,800 feet, this quaint, red-planked, cedar-roofed cabin is tucked beneath a dense forest of cedar, pine and fir trees. Nicely shaded and secluded, an occasional brilliant shaft of sunlight breaks through the canopy.

Large mammals such as elk, deer, black bear and cougar, as well as the smaller residents like squirrels, fox, raccoons and bats, are supported by the diverse forest habitat in the area.

Learn more about bear safety.

Recreation:

The Bunchgrass, Elkhorn and Beaver Creek trails leave from Whisky Camp for hiking or horseback riding. Additional activities include mountain biking, birding, wildlife viewing and photography. In the winter guests enjoy snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling (trails closed due to wildfire damage and public safety, please call the Tiller Ranger Station for current updated information).

Facilities:

This two-room cabin is equipped with one double bed and two single beds with foam pad mattresses. Amenities inside the cabin include a wall heater, lights, a cook stove with oven and a refrigerator, all powered by propane, which is provided. Outdoors, picnic tables, campfire ring, outdoor grill (not propane) and vault toilet are provided. An area for pitching a tent is also on-site.

Guests must bring several of their own supplies. The cabin does not have food, cooking utensils, sleeping bags, towels, dish soap, matches, cooking gear, toilet paper or garbage bags. Firewood may be available, but the supply cannot be guaranteed.

There is no water available at the site. Guests must bring water necessary for drinking, cooking and washing. Potable water is available at a spigot in front of the Tiller Ranger Station office (45 minutes).

Although propane lighting is available, bringing an additional light source is recommended.

Nearby Attractions:

Visitors may want to take some time to visit nearby Crater Lake National Park for a glimpse into the area's fascinating geological and cultural history.

Guests might also enjoy a day of scenic driving along the Rogue-Umpqua National Scenic Byway, located within driving distance of the cabin. Landscapes unfold along the highway, showcasing everything from rolling oak-covered hills and towering coniferous forests to roaring white-water rapids and incised inter-canyon lava flows.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Bed(s)
  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Historic Sites
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Area
  • Propane Heat
  • Propane Lights
  • Propane Stove
  • Table & Chairs
  • Vault Toilet
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • There is no water at the site
  • Keep the building and grounds clean to deter squirrel, mice, rats, bears, and other wildlife from area
  • Please do not let pets roam freely, as they may endanger wildlife and plants
  • Visitors must pack out all trash; trash bags can be dumped at the transfer site on County Road 46 at milepost 4.5. The transfer site is only open Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A confirmation letter required to dump at this site. There is also a dumpster available at the Ranger Station.
  • The cabin is a no-smoking facility
  • Learn more about Umpqua National Forest

    Due to the spread of invasive insects, firewood from outside the area is not permitted. Help protect our forests by purchasing or collecting firewood at or near your camping destination and burning it on-site. Click here for more information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
42.9125, -122.73444
42°54'45"N, 122°44'4"W

Whisky Camp Guard Station is at 3,800 feet elevation and does receive snow. The roads to the cabin are not plowed. Guests may have to snowshoe, cross-country ski or snowmobile up to 5 miles to reach the cabin in winter. A four wheel drive vehicle is recommended in the winter months. Please call the Tiller Ranger District at 541-825-3100 for current conditions.

Entry to the cabin is by combination number, provided in your emailed confirmation letter (under security alerts). The combination lock on the door has five black vertical buttons. The top button is number one and the bottom button is number five. Please call the Tiller Ranger District at (541) 825-3100 at least four days prior to your arrival at the cabin to confirm the combination.

From Canyonville take West 1st Street and turn onto SE 3rd St/OR-227. Continue to follow OR-227 approximately 23 miles until you reach Tiller. From Tiller take the Douglas County Road #46, which becomes South Umpqua Road, Forest Service Road #28, 5 miles to Jackson Creek Forest Service Road #29. Follow Road 29 for 9.7 miles to Forest Service Road #2925. (On the right) Follow Forest Service Road # 2925 for 6.5 miles to the five-way junction. Take Forest Service Road 3114-600 for 1.5 miles to Forest Service Road #3114-645. Forest Service Road #3114-645 has a locked gate. This is the entrance to Whisky Camp. The roads are generally accessible to autos year round, but a 4 x 4 vehicle is recommended in the winter months.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

WHISKY CAMP GUARD STATION
27812 TILLER TRAIL HWY
TILLER OR 97484

Phone Number:

Information: (541)825-3100
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