Camping at Pine Creek Conservation Area

Camping is allowed and regulated at Pine Creek Conservation Area at Robinson Campground. This primitive campground is maintained by Pine Creek staff for tent, car, or RV camping. To reserve a site, recreationists must utilize the online reservation system at Robinson campground is located 9.5 miles east of the John Day River Bridge (Clarno) and 10 miles west of Fossil. The gated entrance is just across the highway from the East Kiosk, within sight of Mile Marker 33. Pit toilets are available but potable water is not, and campers are advised to bring their own water. The Campground is behind a locked gate, and only those with a reservation will be provided with vehicular access to the campground (it is still open to foot traffic.) Tribal staff are continually working to improve the campground by adding amenities such as picnic tables, fire pans and signage.

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

Rattlesnake Cabin, pictured on the right, is planned for rental to individuals or groups sometime in 2024. It is located 14 miles into the backcountry from the Campground.

Need to Know:

  • Campsites may 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 many miles.
  • There are no electric 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. Certified weed-free feed is required.


  • Quiet hours from 10pm – 7am (including generators.)
  • Campfires in designated areas only and only if metal fire pans are present. No open fires are permitted during fire season. IFPL Levels are Strictly Enforced. See signage for current conditions.
  • Please take care with camp stoves in vegetated sites.
  • Discharge of firearms is strictly prohibited within 1/4 mile of the campground.
  • 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
  • Prevent Wildfires: Do not park cars in tall vegetation