Partial Temporary Closure of Campsites
Whittaker Creek Campground will have a short temporary closure of camp sites 16-31 while we remove invasive species that are threatening the natural ecosystem within the park. As the sites are cleared and safe to utilize, we will open them for use on a rolling basis starting with the westernmost sites.
Reserve a site at Whittaker Creek on recreation.gov or pay when you arrive for non-reserved campsites using the Recreation.gov Mobile App. You must download before you reach the site since there is no cell reception in the drainage.
Whittaker Creek Recreation Site is a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) campground and day use area. The campground has 30 sites. Campground amenities include vault toilets, potable water, picnic areas, a children's play area, an Old Growth Ridge National Recreation Trail (2.5 miles), and a swimming area.
In the fall, winter, and spring, busloads of middle school students visit the Whittaker Creek Watchable Wildlife Site to learn about spawning salmon and trout and to assist with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's breeding program.
Facilities include: 30 tent only campsites (not recommended for trailers), an accessible campsite, 2 picnic sites, accessible vault toilets, potable water available from hand pumps, picnic tables, fire rings, swimming beach area (June-September), horseshoe pit, Old Growth Ridge National Recreation Trail (2.5 mile loop trail), and a camp host (June-September). Electricity and firewood are unavailable.
There is a large invasive plant species mitigation occuring at the campground this season. Many sites are closed or adjacent to affected areas. Please respect warning signs and closed areas.
Campfires? Please see here for current campfire restrictions: Fire Closures and Restrictions Typically, campfires are limited to the steel fire rings or BBQ grills provided within the recreation site. No building rock campfire rings.
The Day Use Area and Campground are open from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Pets are ALLOWED but must be LEASHED (max. 6 feet) in the parking lot. Please dispose all pet waste in trash receptacles.
Camping stay limit is 14 days in a 28 day period.
Quiet hours are from 10:00 pm to 7:00 am.
The maximum RV or truck/trailer length is 35 feet from front bumper of tow vehicle to back bumper of trailer.
No ATVs or ORVs allowed within the recreation site.
Besides the trail to the wildlife viewing area, you can hike the Old Growth Ridge National Recreation Trail, which climbs 1,000 feet above the river into the Coast Range. The 2.5-mile trail was designated in 1994 as a National Recreation Trail due to the exceptional wildlife, geologic features, and old growth trees that are typical of coast range ecosystems. This moderately difficult trail winds through a stand of old growth Douglas fir and offers a look at geologic and botanical features unique to the area.
Chinook and coho salmon, as well as steelhead trout can be observed in the fall and winter months in the creek next to the campground.
The site also features a paved boat ramp that provides drift boat and canoe access to the Siuslaw River. No permit required to paddle the 6.5-mile river, with Class II - III rapids.
Camping, hiking, swimming, fishing in Siuslaw River, photography, hunting, Salmon Watch, and nature study.
Standard fees apply and are non-refundable.
Visit https://www.recreation.gov/rules-reservation-policies for more information.
Bureau of Land Management Attn: Recreation Operations 3106 Pierce Parkway, Suite E Springfield OR 97477
From Eugene (valley)
From Interstate 5 go west on Beltline Road to West 11th Avenue. Turn right onto West 11th Avenue (Highway OR-126). Follow Highway 126 about 29 miles to Siuslaw River Road just west of Walton. Turn left on Siuslaw River Road and follow about 1.6 miles to the intersection of Whittaker Creek Road. Turn right on Whittaker Creek Road crossing the bridge over the Siuslaw River. The main entrance to the recreation site is located on the right.
From Florence (coast)
Take Highway OR-126 east about 14 miles to Mapleton. Turn right and follow Highway 126 for about 12 miles to Siuslaw River Road. Turn right on Siuslaw River Road and follow about 1.6 miles to the intersection of Whittaker Creek Road. Turn right on Whittaker Creek Road crossing the bridge over the Siuslaw River. The main entrance to the recreation site is located on the right.