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Reservation and Site Information

Clearwater Big House Campground is situated in the Umatilla National Forest, providing a rustic camping experience amidst the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. To secure a site at this campground, reservations are recommended, particularly during peak seasons when campgrounds tend to fill up quickly. You can make reservations through the official Umatilla National Forest campground reservation system or by contacting the local ranger district directly.

  • Number of Sites: The number of sites available can vary, so it's important to check current information.
  • Site Capacity: Each site usually has a maximum capacity for people and vehicles – this helps to preserve the environment and maintain the quality of the camping experience.
  • RVs and Trailers: Information about the suitability of sites for RVs and trailers, including any length restrictions, should be verified prior to booking.


Camping facilities often have varying levels of accessibility. Clearwater Big House Campground may offer:

  • Accessible Sites: Campsites that are designed to be accessible to people with disabilities, including features such as level tent pads and accessible restrooms.
  • General Accessibility: Paths, restrooms, and common areas that accommodate wheelchairs and mobility devices.


Campground amenities contribute to the comfort and convenience of the camping experience. Typically, Clearwater Big House Campground might feature:

  • Water Access: This may include drinking water spigots and/or a nearby natural water source for recreational activities.
  • Toilet Facilities: The availability of flush toilets or vault toilets.
  • Picnic Tables and Fire Rings: Most sites usually have a picnic table and a fire ring with a grill for cooking.

Fees and Passes

Camping Fees: There is often a nightly fee associated with camping, which can vary by site and type of accommodation (tent, RV, etc.). Always check the latest fee structure before planning your trip.

Passes: Some federal recreation sites accept passes that offer discounted rates. This may include:

  • America the Beautiful Pass
  • Senior Pass
  • Access Pass

Rules and Regulations

To ensure the safety and enjoyment of all visitors, as well as the protection of wildlife and the environment, campgrounds have rules in place, which typically include:

  • Noise Limits: To maintain a peaceful environment, quiet hours are usually enforced in the evenings.
  • Animal Policy: Pets are often permitted but must be kept on a leash at all times.
  • Wildlife: Feeding wildlife is generally prohibited to avoid habituation and protect natural behaviors.
  • Campfires: Restrictions on campfires may be enacted based on current fire danger levels or weather conditions.

Activities and Recreation

In and around Clearwater Big House Campground, you may find a range of outdoor activities, such as:

  • Hiking: Trails that meander through the forest and offer varying levels of difficulty.
  • Fishing: Streams, lakes or rivers that may be stocked with local fish species.
  • Wildlife Viewing: Opportunities to observe local fauna in their natural habitat.
  • Water Sports: Depending on the proximity to bodies of water, activities like kayaking, boating, or swimming.

Weather and Seasonal Considerations

Weather can greatly affect camping trips. It's imperative to research the typical climate for the season of your visit. For example, snowfall in winter could impact accessibility, while summer might bring about fire bans due to dry conditions.

Emergency and Safety Information

It's essential to be prepared for emergencies. Here's what to keep in mind:

  • Contact Information: Know the phone number for the local ranger station and have a way to contact emergency services.
  • First Aid: Bring a first-aid kit and be aware of the nearest medical facilities.
  • Wildlife Precautions: Proper food storage to prevent attracting bears or other wildlife.


Finally, obtain clear and accurate directions before departing for Clearwater Big House Campground. GPS services can be unreliable in remote areas, so having a map or detailed directions is wise.

To get the latest, most accurate information for Clearwater Big House Campground in Umatilla National Forest, contact the local forest service office or visit the official Umatilla National Forest website.

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