Mount Hood

Mount Hood Recreation Newsletter by CLM Services

Below is a newseltter sent out by CLM Services (California Land Management Services) in regards to some recent changes in Campground Management on the Clackamas River.  Changes include adding more reservations systems to campgrounds as well as Yurt style camping and new campgrounds.  Additionally, a much needed camp store has been added at the Ripplebrook Ranger Station in Estacada.



The following newsletter was sent out by CLM Services on June 22nd, 2011. For more infromation please visit the California Land Management Services website.


Welcome to the Mount Hood Recreation Newsletter.  We are the new campground operator in the Mount Hood National Forest, operating under a “Special Use Permit” as a partner with the U.S. Forest Service. We are a division of Northwest Land Management and have been managing USFS campgrounds for over thirty years.

We are now managing the campgrounds along the Clackamas River, Trillium Lake, Clear Lake, Still Creek, Clackamas Lake, Joe Graham Horse Camp, Tollgate, Camp Creek, and Rock Creek. We also are managing many smaller campgrounds that are not yet on the reservation system such as: Keeps Mill, Bear Springs, Bonnie Meadows, Bonnie Crossing and many more.

We plan on putting some of these other campgrounds on the reservation system in the future, like Bear Springs. We also plan on adding some group sites at Bear Springs. In addition, we are opening a new campground in July called Spring Drive. This will be a RV full hook-up campground with no bathroom facilities and no tent sites (self-contained RV’s only). Spring Drive is a 13 site campground located by the old Bear Springs Guard Station in Maupin.

In the Barlow Ranger District, we are putting together a group camp area that has “hooch’s” instead of tent camping. This one is Called Camp Cody. This was an old work station that was used by firefighters and occasionally school groups and others who were working on environmental projects. There is a dining hall and community showers. This group area is located by the Rock Creek Reservoir. Camp Cody is still under construction.

In the Clackamas River area we have opened up a camp store at the old Ripplebrook Guard Station. At the store we sell firewood, ice, ice-cream, chips, candy bars, soda, souvenirs, camping supplies and fishing equipment. There’s also a large selection of Mount Hood t-shirts. Please stop by and mention this newsletter and receive a free cup of hot coffee.

We’re also managing the old Clackamas Historic Ranger station. It’s now a museum filled with history of the Mount Hood area. Next door is the Clackamas Lake Historic Cabin available for rent. This historical 1,380 foot, two-story cabin was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1933-34. This is a classic example of the Forest Service rustic architectural style of Depression Era administration buildings. Guests can enjoy the cabin’s well-preserved features, including the massive rock chimney, knot free interior paneling, and hand-wrought iron work. The downstairs has a living room, kitchen, dining area, small sunroom, and bathroom with shower and a bedroom. The upstairs has two bedrooms. Guests will need to bring their own bedding. Reservations are taken through or call 1-877-444-6777.

Along the Clackamas River is Indian Henry Campground. The Forest Service has added three “Yomes” to this campground on sites 21A, 23A and 24A. The Yomes will be furnished with bunk beds, but you’ll need to bring your own bedding. This is a great alternative to tent camping, while still enjoying the campground experience. Still Creek Campground will also be getting three Yomes.




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