Old Miner'S Meadow Group Use Area



Old Miner's Meadow is a two-acre group use area located in an open meadow along the Quartzville Creek National Wild and Scenic River, near Green Peter Reservoir. It is popular for gold panning, fishing, scenic touring, kayaking, hiking, swimming and water skiing. Facilities include picnic tables, individual campfire rings, a group campfire ring and grill, vault toilets, horseshoe pits and more. There are old growth trees and elk in the area, and nearby attractions include the East Linn Museum and Willamette National Forest.


Old Miner's Meadow is a two-acre, fenced-in group use area, located in an open meadow surrounded by forests along the Quartzville Creek National Wild and Scenic River and upstream from the Green Peter Reservoir. It is available by reservation only.

The area is popular for gold panning, fishing, scenic touring and kayaking. Weekends tend to be busy, so campers should book early.

Summer weather is comfortable, but can be cool. Visitors should come prepared for lower temperatures at night.


The creek is popular for gold panning and kayaking, while the reservoir offers great fishing, swimming, sailing and water skiing. Within a short drive along the creek, campers can find deep pools, waterfalls and swimming areas. Visitors can also drive the Quartzville National Back Country Byway, which meanders along the creek, two lakes and scenic mountain views. There are hiking trails in the nearby national forests.


Maximum of 50 people per reservation. 

This facility consists of one large group area with no designated campsites. Site amenities include picnic tables, individual campfire rings, a group campfire ring and grill, trash collection, vault toilets and horseshoe pits.

The toilets for the site are available to campers on private land just outside the site fence boundary. Groups are required to bring their own drinking water and firewood.

Natural Features

The section of Quartzville Creek adjacent to the campground is registered as a National Wild and Scenic River for its recreation and resource opportunities. The nearby Green Peter Reservoir has emerald-colored waters, mountain views and plenty of space for water activities.

Though some areas of the surrounding forests have been logged, groves of old growth trees are a short drive away from the campground. This facility is in a meadow dotted with trees, and has both shaded and sunny sites. Though campers may not see them in the campground, elk frequent the area.


This location is unstaffed. To speak with our main office for general information, please call: (503) 375-5646.

Nearby Attractions

Campers can visit the East Linn Museum in the town of Sweet Home to learn about the history of the area. The campground is also adjacent to the Willamette National Forest, which stretches for 110 miles along the western slopes of the Cascade Range in western Oregon.

Willamette National Forest

Charges & Cancellations

Standard fees apply and are non-refundable.

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