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If the campground at Jubilee Lake is full, Mottet Campground offers a great alternative. Nestled off the beaten path, this campground is a short drive from the lake and provides access to hiking, mountain biking, and fishing. Mottet is a smaller campground with only six sites. With plenty of space, it gives everyone room to enjoy nature.

  • Distance:

    Within 1.5 Hours

  • Difficulty Level:

    Day Tripper

  • Seasons:

    Summer, Fall

  • Elevation:

    5,125 feet

  • Pets:

    Yes

  • Status:

    Open

  • Reservations:

    No

  • ADA:

    No

  • Multi-Use:

    N/A

  • Motorized Vehicles :

    Yes

  • Your Public Lands

    Umatilla National Forest (Walla Walla Ranger District)

  • What To Do
    • Camping

      Lightly used, there are six primitive campsites tucked away in the dense forest a few miles north of Jubilee Lake.

    • Hiking

      There are a few hiking opportunities while you enjoy your stay. Rough Fork Trail (#3227) is less than a mile away, just across NF-6403. The Jubilee Lake Recreation Loop Trail (#3230) is less than five miles away, and Sinks Trail (#3233) is on the south side of Jubilee Lake roughly 12 miles away.

    • Fishing/ Kayaking/ Paddleboarding

      Jubilee Lake is less than five miles away.

  • How To Get There

    Please do not solely rely on Google Maps as their route might not always reflect what is maintained. From Walla Walla, take HWY 11 south through Milton-Freewater, OR. Travel another five miles and turn left on Winn Road. Follow this little backroad for two miles and then turn left to connect with HWY 204. Drive roughly 19 miles and turn left onto Skyline Road/ NF-64 (just past Langdon Lake). Follow NF-64 for 14 miles then turn left on NF-6419. Drive another 1.5 miles and turn left onto NF-6403, a sign for both Rough Fork Trail and Mottet Campground is posted. After another 1.5 miles you will pass the Rough Fork Trail sign and shortly after will see the sign for Mottet Campground. Take a left onto NF-6403-120.

    Once you reach Skyline Road/ NF-64, Google maps will try to take you a slightly shorter route using NF-6403 for the majority of the way to the campground. This is a much rougher road than if you went the extra mile and followed our directions and stayed on better maintained roads.

  • When To Go

    The campground opens in July and closes in November.

  • What To Expect

    Mottet Campground offers six primitive, well spaced campsites tucked away in the dense forest north of Jubilee Lake. Better suited for tents and small RVs, this campground is on a network of forest roads that are open to all vehicles, including off highway vehicles that may not be licensed for highway use.

  • Fees

    Open July - November, the fee is $8 per night. A $5 fee will be added for sites with more than two vehicles.

  • Permits

    None

  • Regulations

    None other than being good stewards of the land!

  • Amenities

    There is a vault toilet at the campground. Each site has a picnic table and fire pit. There is also drinking water available from a spring.

  • Wildlife Awareness

    We are all so fortunate to recreate in the Blue Mountains. So many opportunities exist to play outside whether in a national forest, wilderness area, on a Wild and Scenic River, and more! With these opportunities comes great responsibility to appreciate that we are mere visitors and should all take pride in being good stewards of the wild. Many animals call these protected places home, including moose, elk, bear, cougar, bobcat, and snakes to name a few. Take precautions to respect their home and understand the appropriate response should an encounter occur. Additionally, many plant species thrive in the Blue Mountains, so staying on trail is always good practice. Carry First Aid supplies to better respond to accidents or encounters, and always let others know where the day's adventure is taking you.

  • Field Notes

    Navigation: Consider downloading the Avenza Map app. This app allows users to upload three maps (or unlimited with a subscription) to use offline. It can track your location offline and overlay GPS data from the phone onto the map. The vehicle use maps (for trails allowing motorized vehicles) are the easiest to use. Otherwise, Geo Tracker offers similar tracking capabilities and additional details about your adventure. If no service, Geo Tracker will at least show your location. The Blue Mountains and surrounding area offer a remote recreating experience, and knowing your location is paramount to staying safe. Always make sure to bring paper maps. Tell others where your adventure is taking you and when you expect to return.

    Difficulty Level: Here is what we are thinking when we assign a difficulty level: Day Tripper--You don't have much experience in the area but want to get outside! Great for families of all ages. Adventurer--You know your way around the Blue Mountains and love a leisurely day outdoors. Mountaineer--You are ready for a challenge. Wild places excite you and sweat is the goal. Small children beware. Keep in mind some activities may apply to multiple difficulty levels based on usage.

    Pets: In general, pets are allowed on a leash and under control throughout jurisdictions. The only restrictions we have encountered are around swimming areas. As a best practice, be mindful of riparian habitat in general. You never know where a precious spawning area might be located. Pack it in and pack it out applies to your furry friend as well.

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