Deerhorn Forest Camp

Malheur National Forest

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Up Middle Fork Road Prairie City, OR 97869 541-575-3000

GPS: 44.622, -118.58

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Overview of Deerhorn Forest Camp

Number of Sites 5

Elevation 3,904 ft / 1,189 m

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Sisters, OR
120 reviews
“Enjoy the Ponderosa forest along the Middle Fork of the John Day River.”

Reviewed 6/11/2016

Nightly rate: $8
Days stayed: 1
Site Number: 1
RV Length: 23' (Travel Trailer)
Overall Rating

Don't be deterred by the term "Forest Camp" when it comes to selecting a campground destination in Oregon. Forest Camp appears to be a term used by the BLM or National Forest Service to describe a rustic natural setting in the forest. I used to think it meant that it was reserved or dedicated for the use of National or State forest employees or work camps.

This is a gorgeous little campground is nestled beneath a healthy stand of tall Ponderosa pines right alongside the Middle Fork of the John Day River. Each site is private and generously spaced. Grasses have been allowed to grow tall between sites and on the banks of the river, so you'll need to walk through it if you want to access the water. Picnic tables and fire rings are provided to each site and a well-maintained and stocked vault toilet sits closest to site #1. One site is a pull-through, and but is large enough for big/long vehicles.

You'll hear a few trucks go on Hwy 20 by in the morning, but they'll be sparse. There's no cell phone service in this part of Oregon.

Cows range openly out here (don't drink the river water!) Five minutes after leaving early the next morning, we encountered 200 head of cattle moving down Highway 20, tended by a single walking cowboy with a stick and his hard-working border collie. It's so cool to experience authentic western life!

Site Quality

Chris&David would stay here again

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Sisters, OR
23' Oliver Oliver Legacy Elite II
Ford F150
120 reviews
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