Along a bend of the North Santiam River, this site offers comfortable camping at the edge of the Cascades, with many level paths and river access under a soaring forest canopy. The campground is open from mid-May to mid-October. In other seasons the gate is closed, but the site is accessible by foot. The river can also be scanned from a pullout on the S side of Hwy 22, 0.5 mi W of the entrance. Harlequin Duck, Wood Duck, Common and Hooded Mergansers, American Dipper, and five woodpecker species have been noted here. In spring, watch for Oregon Junco, Chipping Sparrow and Orange-crowned Warbler. In summer, look and listen for Hermit Warbler or Swainson’s Thrush.
From Stayton, go 15 mi E on Hwy 22. The well-signed park entrance is on the R.