Camping at Pine Creek Conservation Area

Camping is allowed and regulated at Pine Creek Conservation Area.  The Robinson Campground is maintained by Pine Creek staff for tent, car, or RV camping. Recreationists planning to camp must utilize the online reservation system to reserve a site.  It is located south of the highway from the east side kiosk and parking on the Jennies Peak road, about 9.5 miles east of the John Day River Bridge and 10 miles west of Fossil. Robinson Campground is a primitive site.  Tribal staff are working to improve roads, sites, features (picnic tables, fire pans, signs) in the coming years. Potable water is not available at the campground, and campers are advised to bring their own water. The Campground is behind a locked gate, and only those with a reservation will get vehicular access to the campground.

Primitive backpacking or horse-packing backcountry camping is authorized at no cost if at least one mile from the highway and county road. Camps should be out of site of the administrative road-trail system on the property.  Campers must practice “Leave No Trace” ethics, and all personal items must be packed out, including trash.  All visitors, camping or not, must register upon entering and leaving the property by filling out the cards at the kiosks on the property or by using the Daily Access Permit form.

Rattlesnake Cabin, pictured on the left, is planned for rental to individuals or groups sometime in 2023. It is located 14 miles in the backcountry from the Campground.

Need to Know:

  • Campsites can be reserved at
  • No camp host on site, Pine Creek Project Leader can be found at 39067 HWY 218 during normal business hours.
  • Cell service is not available at campground or surrounding area for miles.
  • There are no electric site hook-ups at this campsite.
  • Treated water is not available, bring your own, or treat creek water, if available.
  • Pack out what you pack in. Garbage service is not available at this location.
  • Pack animals are allowed but the campground is limited on corral space. Please contact Pine Creek staff before reserving a site if you will be bringing more than three animals for more than one night, 541-489-3477.


  • Quiet hours from 10pm – 7am (including generators)
  • Campfires in designated areas only and only if shortened burn barrels are present. (IFPL Levels Strictly Enforced)
  • Please take care with camp stoves in vegetated sites.
  • Discharge of firearms is strictly prohibited within 1/4 mile.
  • Certified weed free hay is required – bring documentation.
  • Pets must be on leashes (not exceeding 8 feet) at all times while in the campground. Pet waste must be disposed of properly.
  • Don’t clear vegetation or disrupt the natural environment.
  • Limit of 8 people and 2 vehicles per campsite, unless camp description limits group size
  • Do not park cars in tall vegetation