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Open Year-round
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Reservations possible?
No
RV Hookups
No
Potable water
No
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Created by a hydroelectric dam, Iron Gate Reservoir is tucked away in the beautiful Siskiyou Mountains just south of the Oregon and California border. Iron Gate Reservoir has multiple campsites along its shore, but Juniper Point is the only location that has designated a swimming area where boat wakes are prohibited. However, there are only four designated camp areas at Juniper Point, and with relatively few level areas that are suitable for a tent, those four first-come, first-served spaces are precious.

Once you get a site, camping is free for 14 days at a time, and the majestic views and starry nights are magnificent. There are no water filling stations, so you will need to bring your own. Well-maintained vault toilets are available near the entrance. Note that the water may or may not be fit for swimming due to seasonal algae blooms, so use your discretion.

 

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

Free camping. Very low congestion. Amazing scenery.

Cons

No potable water. Seasonal algae blooms.

Pets allowed

Allowed

Managed by

PacificCorp

Address

Copco Rd
12822
Hornbrook, CA 96044
United States

Features

Flushing toilets
Vault toilet
Swimming holes
Picnic tables

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Adventures

Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument
Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument
Southern Oregon Cascades, Oregon

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Comments

08/19/2016
I showed up around 10pm and was pleased to find that the entire campground was empty. It was extremely buggy, although thankfully no mosquitoes. The ground is very rocky, so make sure you have plenty of padding. It was also somewhat difficult to find even ground, so a hammock is a much better choice. The sun comes up over the water here, so plan to wake up for sunrise - you wont regret it.
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