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Cougar Crossing

Willamette National Forest



Cougar Crossing Campground is located in the Three Sisters Wilderness, 10 miles south of Hwy 126. It offers 11 sites for RV or tent camping, along with access to the South Fork of the McKenzie River and Cougar Reservoir. It is popular for hiking and a nearby clothing-optional hot spring, Terwilliger Hot Springs. Firewood is for sale and vault toilets are provided.


Cougar Crossing Campground is located on Forest Road 19 about 10 miles south of the Hwy 126 junction.


Hiking is popular as the Three Sisters Wilderness, French Pete Trail, Box Canyon Trail, Indian Ridge Lookout, and Cougar Recreation Area are nearby. Many folks also come to the area to bathe at Terwilliger Hot Springs (clothing optional). There is creek and river access, and opportunities for lake recreation. When the reservoir lake level is high, there is a primitive boat launch across from the campground available for use.


Cougar Crossing offers 11 sites that can accommodate either RV or tent camping. Vault toilets are provided. There is firewood for sale. The interior roads and spurs are gravel. There is no drinking water.

Natural Features

Nestled in among a mix of conifers, the campground rests beside the South Fork of the McKenzie River and the south end of Cougar Reservoir. It is the closest campground to Terwilliger Hot Springs.

Nearby Attractions

The campground and nearby Terwilliger Hot Springs have a colorful history and attract many visitors year round. There is plenty to explore at nearby trails and Three Sisters Wilderness.
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