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Clay Creek Recreation Site, Oregon Campground Photos, Directions & Reservations

Clay Creek Recreation Site Photos

Clay Creek Recreation Site Photos
Clay Creek Recreation Site Photos
Clay Creek Recreation Site Photos
Clay Creek Recreation Site Photos
Clay Creek Recreation Site Photos

Overview

Camping is CLOSED for the season, see you again in May 2023

Facilities

Clay Creek offers 21 individual campsites to accommodate 32 feet of RV, truck and trailer, or tents. Most sites contain fire ring, barbeque grill, picnic table, and tent pad. In addition, the site contains vault toilets, a summer swimming area with dressing rooms nearby, individual picnic sites, a children’s play area, horseshoe pits, potable water, volleyball area (bring your net and ball), and a ball field.

Natural Features

Clay Creek campground and the surrounding area are home to large canopy trees such as Douglas fir, western hemlock, red cedar, red alder and big leaf maple. The forest understory features a host of native plants like rhododendron, salal, various fern species, salmonberry and vine maple. On the forest floor, oxalis, Calypso orchids and mosses compliment the scenery. A diverse variety of bird life, from the seldom seen pileated woodpecker, northern spotted owl and marbled murrelet to the ever-present Oregon junco, frequent this area. Signs of larger animals, such as raccoon, mink, bear, elk, deer and beaver are evident.

Clay Creek is part of the Siuslaw River watershed that drains water from the Coast Range to the Pacific Ocean. The river flows broad, cloudy, and green and calls to anglers; check current fishing regulations before casting your line. The Siuslaw River is a salmon watch site that runs fast and cold during the winter months, where you can observe spawning Coho and Chinook salmon in the river’s exceptional habitat during the fall and winter.

Recreation

This quiet family oriented recreation site is a favorite if you enjoy riverside camping with an interpretive trail to old-growth timber. Spacious campsites with paved parking pads, mossy vine-maple tangles, and tall straight firs make up this camping area. The recreation site also boasts large group shelters available by reservation for group outings, weddings, or other events.

The Clay Creek Trail, created in 1991 for hiking, provides access to a stand of Douglas fir high above the campground and the Siuslaw River. The site’s Clay Creek Trail ascends a ridge above the campground to a remnant old-growth stand. From camp, you cross the concrete bridge on Clay Creek Road and river to begin the hike.

Recreation Sites

  • Standard Nonelectric
  • Group Shelter Nonelectric
  • Overnight
  • Day

Activities

  • Camping
  • Day Use Area
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Non-Motorized Boating
  • Picnicking
  • Softball Fields
  • Swimming
  • Water Access

Amenities

  • Accessible Parking
  • Accessible Picnic Shelters
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Drinking Water
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Paved Roads
  • Picnic Tables
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
  • Pets Allowed
  • Fire Pit
  • Picnic Table
  • Shade
  • Tent Pads
  • Grills
  • Accessible Campsites
  • Fireplace

Nearby Attractions

Put-ins for the river downstream, along the Siuslaw River Road. No permit required to paddle the 6.5 mile river, with Class II – III rapids.

Directions and Contact Information

From Eugene (valley): From Interstate 5 go west on Beltline Road to West 11th Avenue. Turn right onto West 11th Avenue (Highway OR-126). Follow Highway 126 about 29 miles to Siuslaw River Road just west of Walton. Turn left on Siuslaw River Road and follow about 10 miles to the intersection of BLM Road 19-7-20.1. Keep left on Siuslaw River Road for about 6 miles. The main entrance to the recreation site is located on the right.

From Florence (coast): Take Highway OR-126 east about 14 miles to Mapleton. Turn right and follow Highway 126 for about 12 miles to Siuslaw River Road. Turn right on Siuslaw River Road and follow about 16 miles to the intersection of BLM Road 19-7-20.1. Keep left on Siuslaw River Road for about 6 miles. The main entrance to the recreation site is located on the right.

Need to Know

  • Campfires? Please see here for current campfire restrictions: Fire Closures and Restrictions Typically, campfires are limited to the steel fire rings or BBQ grills provided within the recreation site. No building rock campfire rings.
  • The Day Use Area and Campground are open from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
  • Camping stay limit is 14 days in a 28 day period.
  • Quiet hours are from 10:00 pm to 7:00 am.
  • Pets are ALLOWED but must be LEASHED (max. 6 feet) in the parking lot. Please dispose all pet waste in trash receptacles.
  • The maximum RV or truck/trailer length is 32 feet from front bumper of tow vehicle to back bumper of trailer.
  • No ATVs or ORVs allowed within the recreation site.
  • No fishing in Clay Creek – fishing allowed per Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife fishing regulations.

Location Map

Latitude : 43° 54′ 18.2880″ N
Longitude: 123° 34′ 5.9880″ W

Mailing Address

BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
SPRINGFIELD INTERAGENCY OFFICE
3106 PIERCE PARKWAY, SUITE E
SPRINGFIELD, OREGON 97477

Phone Number

(541) 683-6600

Additional Information

Map of Clay Creek Recreation Site

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