Sunday, November 4, 2012

Curly Jack Campground

Curly Jack Campground Entrance Sign

Curly Jack Campground is located just on the "outskirts" of the small town of Happy Camp, along the State of Jefferson Scenic Byway.  It is a tricky to find if you don't have exact directions.  This campground is situated right alongside the Klamath River and is located largely in a setting with small oak trees, madrone and pines.  A stop at the Happy Camp Ranger District office just a short distance up the road will help one find this camp ground easily.

Number of Campsites:  16, including 3 group campsites.  Reservations are required for group campsites, the others are first come first served.  Can accommodate tents and RV's up to 42 ft with 2 sites being able to accommodate 60 ft.  There may be low overhang in parts of the campground.  There is a RV sanitary station in town, but not at the campsite.
Typical Campsite

Fees:  Self Registration at entrance, $15 per night, 5 persons max per campsite.  14 day limit. America the Beautiful pass and Senior Access passes accepted for family sites.

Affiliation:  U. S. Forest Service.

Turn off of Hwy 96 to Elk Creek Rd, and then onto Curly Jack Road look for bridge
Location/Address:  Located at the west end of Happy Camp (some directions say 1 mile) via county route 7C001.  From Interstate 5 travel 65 miles to Happy Camp along Highway 96, Klamath River Hwy.  Turn a slight left onto Elk Creek Road from Hwy 96 (just past Happy Camp) and continue onto Curly Jack Road.  Look for the bridge that will cross the river.

Elevation:  1130 feet.

Contact Information:

Klamath National Forest Headquarters
1711 South Main Street
Yreka, CA  96097
(530) 842-6131

Happy Camp Ranger District
P. O. Box 377
Happy Camp, CA  96039
(530) 493-1777
Look for the tiny tent sign for directions


  • Vault Toilets
  • Drinking Water
  • Some campsites can accommodate wheelchairs with assistance
  • Fire Rings
  • Garbage pick up in Summer (only in summer)
  • Paved parking spurs
  • Several campsites with view of river
  • Easy access to river from campground
  • Fishing
  • Swimming  and wading ~ at own risk
  • Good area for birding and other wildlife viewing
General Description:   This campground is within walking distance to Happy Camp, but is across the river in a somewhat secluded area.  This is bear country even though it is close to town, please secure your food when not in use.  The campground is in a shady and scenic area.  During early and late season please pack out trash when garbage service is not available.  Please keep dogs on leash only.  Cell service is generally not received, GPS coordinates may not register.

Emergency:  Call 911.  Full service ER in Yreka, California (65 miles) or Emergency Medical Evacuation available in Happy Camp via the Mercy Flights Medical Evacuation Services, 2020 Milligan Way, Medford, Oregon  97504 (1-800-903-9000).  Additional information at:

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