Can You Camp Anywhere in the Umpqua National Forest?

The Umpqua National Forest is an expansive and beautiful area of Oregon, with plenty of recreational opportunities for visitors. It’s a great place for camping, but there are some restrictions on where you can set up camp.

The Umpqua National Forest is comprised of over 1 million acres of public land, located in the Cascade Mountains and the Southern Oregon Coast Range. It stretches across Douglas, Lane and Coos counties in western Oregon. The forest offers a variety of activities to visitors, including hiking, fishing, boating, camping and more.

One of the most popular activities in the Umpqua National Forest is camping. There are more than 250 developed campgrounds in the forest, offering different levels of amenities such as restrooms and showers. These campgrounds are typically located near lakes or streams and offer easy access to trails and other recreation opportunities.

In addition to developed campgrounds, there are also primitive campsites located throughout the forest. These sites usually have no amenities, but offer stunning views of the surrounding landscape. Primitive camping is allowed just about anywhere in the forest as long as it’s not within 200 feet from a water source or trailhead.

Campfires are allowed on most parts of the Umpqua National Forest with a few exceptions. Fires must be kept small and contained at all times; they should not exceed 3-feet in diameter or 2-feet high. All fires must be attended at all times until they have been extinguished completely.


Can you camp anywhere in the Umpqua National Forest? The answer is yes – but only if you adhere to certain regulations regarding fire safety, distance from water sources and trails and campsite selection criteria.

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Chris Powell