USFS: Yukwah Campground

44°24'0"N, 122°20'19"W

US Forest Service campground managed by Linn County Parks & Recreation

Park Location – From Sweet Home, OR, follow Highway 20 east for 21 miles and look for signs for Yukwah Campground.

Park Usage – May through the third weekend in September

About the Park

Yukwah Campground will open Friday, May 21, 2021

Yukwah Campground is a nice, family campground situated along the South Santiam River, 21 miles east of the town of Sweet Home, Oregon. 13 of the 20 sites are right on the river, tucked under the cool shade of Douglas fir and hemlock trees. Two double sites are perfect for the bigger group or family. The campground was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s and includes a welcoming day-use shelter with a fireplace and five pull-through RV parking loops and a mix of standard parking spurs. Yukwah is a smaller campground with a variety of sites to accommodate different uses, with group sites, sites for trailers and sites for tents. Drinking water is from two hand pump wells. Parking spurs are gravel and roads are paved. Vault toilets and garbage cans are spread out in convenient locations in the campground.


Plenty of river activities and hiking opportunities await. Enjoy fishing and swimming in the beautiful South Santiam River or hiking the accessible Yukwah Nature Trail that winds through the campground, and lingering at the picnic area. Hike or bike the Santiam Wagon Road (now a trail), a historic trail used to transport livestock east across the Cascade Mountains to central Oregon’s grasslands. Iron MountainGordon Meadows, and Echo Basin are nearby hiking areas well known for their colorful wildflowers.


Source: US Forest Service

Camping Information

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Camping Season: May 21 2021 to September

Description: 1250-foot elevation. 20 campsites on the South Santiam River. Swimming in the beautiful S. Santiam River. ADA – accessible nature trail winds through the campground, and the picnic area and viewing platform (on the river) are also wheelchair-accessible.

A 0.3 mile trail that is surfaced with compacted gravel and parallels the South Santiam River within Yukwah Campground. This trail has a 36-inch tread width and grades of less than 5 percent. The trail offers access to six pull offs and two ADA accessible platforms for viewing the river. Yukwah Campground offers ADA accessible campsites with compacted gravel surfaces, a day-use picnic site, and fully accessible restrooms. A number of sites are large enough to accommodate RVs. Two other river platforms are located within two miles of Yukwah campground and have asphalt parking lots and compacted gravel trails.

Camping Fees & Reservations: Reservations are now accepted.

  • Camping Fee: $20/night
  • $7/night extra vehicle
  • 20 Campsites, 1 of which is a double site
  • 32-foot maximum RV length
  • 14 day limit
  • Multiple site has 2 tables, grill and fire ring

Reservation Information

To make a reservation by phone, call 877-444-6777

Please have the following information available at the time of the call:

  • Contact information (name, address, phone & email)
  • Name of campground
  • Campsite or cabin type and # (if available)
  • Dates of stay
  • # of people and pets
  • Method of payment (Visa, Mastercard & Debit)

Amenities and Activities

  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Access to the South Santiam River
  • ADA fishing deck
  • Vault Restrooms
  • Drinking Water