Sharps Creek Recreation Site

Reserve a site at Sharps Creek on or pay when you arrive for non-reserved campsites using the Mobile App. You must download before you reach the site since there is no cell reception in the drainage.  

Step off the beaten path and explore a delightful gem nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains with ties to the historic Bohemia Mining District, 18 miles southeast of Cottage Grove. The site offers a 12-unit campground, day-use picnicking area, and a nearby swimming hole formed naturally among rounded boulders at the base of an overlook extending above Sharps Creek. Cool and delightful waters entice the visitor to swim or simply 'dabble' along the bank while enjoying the surrounding beauty of the forest. For those with a penchant for gold panning, the site offers exciting opportunities to try one's skill and luck!

The Springfield Office of the Northwest Oregon District of the Bureau of Land Management manages the Sharps Creek Recreation Site.

Sharps Creek Campground offers 12 campsites with easy access to the day use swimming area next door. The campground has vault toilets and running water. There is no Cellular Service at the site. 

Need to Know

Natural Features

Sharps Creek campground and the surrounding area are home to large canopy trees such as Douglas fir, western hemlock, red cedar, red alder and big leaf maple. The forest understory features a host of native plants like rhododendron, salal, various fern species, salmonberry and vine maple. On the forest floor, oxalis, Calypso orchids and mosses compliment the scenery. A diverse variety of bird life, from the seldom seen pileated woodpecker, northern spotted owl and marbled murrelet to the ever-present Oregon junco, frequent this area. Signs of larger animals, such as raccoon, mink, bear, elk, deer and beaver are evident. 

Nearby Attractions

The Row River National Recreation Trail/Covered Bridges State Scenic Bikeway is located less than 4 miles northwest of Sharps Creek Recreation Site.

Dorena Lake  

City of Cottage Grove 


Sharps Creek Recreation Site consists of a small, family campground and a day-use area overlooking Sharps Creek. A swimming hole at the base of the overlook provides a refreshing place to cool down on hot, summer days. All swimmers should use caution. 

Changes & Cancellations

Standard fees apply and are non-refundable.

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Contact Information


Springfield Interagency Office Recreation Operations 3106 Pierce Parkway Springfield OR 97477

Phone Number

For campground inquiries, please call: 503-375-5646

Rental Options

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Driving Directions

Take Cottage Grove exit 174 from Interstate Highway 5. Turn left onto Row River Road and follow signs to Dorena Lake (Approximately 4 miles). Continue straight on Shoreview Drive for 6.6 miles to rejoin Row River Road (covered bridge to the right). Continue traveling east 4.2 miles to Sharps Creek Road. Turn right and continue 3.1 miles. The campground is located on the right side of the road; the day use area is on the left.

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