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Breitenbush Campground Overview

Breitenbush Campground is a scenic, remote campground nestled within the Willamette National Forest in the Cascade Range of central Oregon. This area is known for its natural beauty, including the Breitenbush River, old growth forests, hot springs, and a variety of hiking trails.


Breitenbush Campground is located approximately:

  • 60 miles east of Salem, Oregon
  • In the Detroit Ranger District
  • Near the town of Detroit, Oregon

The exact GPS coordinates for entering into a navigation system are crucial since cell service can be unreliable in this remote location.

Access and Road Conditions

Before heading to the campground, visitors should check the Willamette National Forest's alerts and notices for road conditions and closures, especially in the winter when snow can make the roads impassable.

  • Access is typically via Breitenbush Road (Forest Service Road 46).
  • Four-wheel drive and/or chains may be required in snowy conditions.

Reservations and Fees

  • You may need to reserve a campsite, especially during peak summer months.
  • Fees for campsites typically apply. It's important to check current rates and reservation requirements, which can be done through the Willamette National Forest website or a national recreation reservation service.

Site Amenities

Campsites usually include the basics:

  • Picnic tables
  • Fire rings with grates
  • Vault toilets are typically available, but there are no hookups or dump stations.
  • Drinking water may be unavailable, so it's critical to bring enough for your stay.


The area offers numerous recreational opportunities:

  • Hiking: There are trails suitable for all skill levels, including paths leading to hot springs and mountain views.
  • Fishing: The river can be good for trout fishing, make sure to check local regulations.
  • Wildlife Watching: The forest is home to deer, elk, and many bird species.
  • Hot Springs: Natural hot springs are a major attraction. Some are developed, with facilities provided by Breitenbush Hot Springs Retreat and Conference Center (separate from the campground).

Important: If visiting the hot springs, be aware of any access restrictions and fees, and always follow Leave No Trace principles to minimize your impact on the natural environment.

Safety Considerations

  • Wildlife: Store food securely to avoid attracting bears and other wildlife.
  • Fire Safety: Follow local fire restrictions and guidelines, especially during dry summer months.
  • Water Safety: The Breitenbush River can have strong currents; exercise caution.

Other Tips

  • Pack in, pack out: As with most remote campsites, you will need to take all your trash with you.
  • Supplies: The nearest supplies are in Detroit, so stock up on necessities like food, water, and gas before arrival.
  • Weather: Weather can change rapidly, so pack for a range of conditions.
  • Preparation: Given the remote nature of the area, it's wise to have a first-aid kit, emergency supplies, and a plan for what to do if something goes wrong.

Contact Information

For the latest information and to confirm details about your visit, you should contact:

  • Willamette National Forest, Detroit Ranger District
  • The national reservation system or the Forest Service website for up-to-date reservation information and policies.

These resources will provide the most current updates on conditions, fees, and any other changes that might affect your camping experience at Breitenbush Campground.

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