- Your Public Lands
Umatilla National Forest (Walla Walla District)
- What To Do
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. Five miles past Milton-Freewater, OR turn left on Winn Road. Continue two miles and turn left onto HWY 204. Drive 24 miles due east to arrive at the entrance to Woodland Campground on your left.
When To Go
Wait for the snow to thaw and start camping late spring. This campground is surrounded by dense forest and won't melt off fast. The surrounding trails are likely still quite muddy or frozen, so consider staying in the valley to work on early season hiking and biking shape. In the fall, there are many users in the forest, and likely some hunting camps will occupy at least a few sites. This is a great campground if you are planning on spending most of the day on a trail or exploring neighboring towns, as its proximity to the road saves time traveling a gravel forest road.
What To Expect
Woodland Campground is small at just six campsites. It is intended for tents and small RVs. It is also located alongside HWY 204, so expect some traffic noise. However, it is conveniently located near great trails including a trailhead within the campground. Eagle Ridge Trail is a great multi-use trail that takes you from the campground to Luger Spring Trailhead. The Umatilla Rim Trail is just a five minute drive away at either the Horseshoe Prairie Trailhead or Nine Mile Trailhead. Jubilee Lake is 30 minutes away if interested in fishing, kayaking, or paddleboarding.
To camp is $8 per night. There is a $5 additional vehicle fee if more than two vehicles at a site. No fees are collected after October 15.
None other than being good stewards of the land!
There is one vault toilet. Picnic tables and fire rings are at each site.
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.
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.