Sugar Creek Campground and Day Use Area about 12 miles from the community of Paulina and near the former Rager Ranger Station are among the most highly developed recreational sites in the Ochoco National Forest. In a young ponderosa pine forest, it straddles a creek with easy access to a paved Forest Service Road. Opportunities for picnicking with a large group exist in the day use area, and a short hike and wildlife viewing along Sugar Creek Trail are also available throughout. The campground offers seventeen total single sites with picnic tables, three partially accessible campsites, and all pathways are ADA compliant. There are two vault toilets and potable water from two hand pumps. Many of the campsites are large enough to accommodate moderately-sized RV’s, however, there are no hook-ups or dump stations provided, and parking spur lengths vary by site. Per night, per site fee, is $8 for the first vehicle and $3 for each additional vehicle, with a 14-day stay limit on all National Grassland and US Forest Service land including campgrounds and other developed facilities. Some small fish may be caught in the creek with a current Oregon Fishing License. The free, non-reservable day use area has several picnic tables and a standing grill under a shade pavilion for small to moderately large groups and is hospitable most times of the year. The park asks you to please clean up when you leave since there are no garbage services at this site. Due to the presence of bald eagles there may are seasonal nesting closures on land access in this specific area from December 1st through May 1st every year. A seasonal first-come-first-served facility, it closes in the winter months.
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