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Surrounded by Engelmann spruce and other conifers, this popular campground is located on the edge of Langdon Lake. There is no public access to the lake, however. If needing a launch point to other adventures in the surrounding forest and wilderness area, this campground is located directly off the highway, so ditch the gravel commute and start camping sooner.

  • Distance:

    Within 1.5 Hours

  • Difficulty Level:

    Day Tripper, Adventurer

  • Seasons:

    Spring, Summer, Fall

  • Elevation:

    4,877 feet

  • Pets:

    Yes

  • Status:

    Open

  • Reservations:

    No

  • ADA:

    No

  • Multi-Use:

    N/A

  • Motorized Vehicles :

    N/A

  • Your Public Lands

    Umatilla National Forest (Walla Walla Ranger District)

  • What To Do
    • Hiking/ Biking

      Trails in the tollgate area include Sinks Trail (#3233), Eagle Ridge Trail (#3232), and the Umatilla Rim Trail (#3080) to name a few.

    • Camping

      There are 15 campsites, all of which are tent/ trailer sites. Expect heavy use from July through Labor Day weekend. The campground is heavily shaded.

  • 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. Travel roughly 19 miles and take a right turn on NF-020. The campground entrance is on west end of Langdon Lake.

  • When To Go

    Typically campers utilize this area from July to November. As mentioned, the forest will keep the area cooler than the valley so bring a jacket even though folks are sweating through a tank top back home. When triple digit temperatures hit, head into the Blue Mountains and enjoy any one of the area campgrounds.

  • What To Expect

    As a small campground just off the highway, this campground is great for outdoor enthusiasts who don’t have the appropriate vehicle to manage gravel Forest Service roads. It is also great for users who might want to venture further down the road to perhaps raft the Wallowa River or enjoy a day in Joseph, Oregon. It’s also a prime spot to bring that stack of books you’ve been meaning to read and curl up next to the fire pit and enjoy.

  • Fees

    Expect to pay $12 per night and $5 per extra vehicle exceeding the maximum two vehicle per site allowance.

  • Permits

    None required to camp.

  • Regulations

    No public access to Langdon Lake available. It is a private lake.

  • Amenities

    There are vault toilets, 12 picnic sites, and potable water.

  • 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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