Curly Jack Campground

Klamath National Forest



Klamath National Forest
Attractions and Activities

Visitors to the Klamath National Forest find many scenic places to enjoy. Those camped at Curly Jack Campground are right on the Klamath River and near many popular attractions in the area.

  • Fish along the beautiful Klamath River.
  • Get your thrills river rafting on the On the Klamath River with an experienced rafting company: River Country Rafting, Klamath River Rafting
  • Visit the historic Fort Goff Cemetery along the Klamath River near Seiad Valley.
  • Hike on the famous Pacific Crest Trail using the Seiad Trailhead.
  • Hike from the Happy Camp Town Trailhead for views of the local area.
  • Saddle up for a trail ride starting at the Grider Creek Trailhead. The trail follows Grider Creek south for approximately 12 miles through old growth forest and eventually crosses the Kelsey National Recreation Trail.
  • Enjoy a picnic at the covered shelter at Grouse Gap Picnic Area. Take in views of Mt. Shasta.
  • Spend time touring some of the local botanical areas such as Sutcliffe Creek (featuring old growth Port Orford-cedar), Rhododendron Patch, and Preston Peak Botanical Area (featuring a variety of conifers).
  • Head out to the Humbug OHV Recreation Area.

Nearby Campgrounds

Klamath National Forest Campgrounds


Key Curly Jack Campground Regulations

  1. Obtain firewood locally to avoid the spread of invasive pests.
  2. Secure food and scented items so that bears cannot get to them.
  3. Dogs must be on leash and attended at all times.
  4. Fires are only permitted in provided fire rings.

Curly Jack Campground

Curly Jack Campground is along the Klamath River close to Happy Camp. The area is well-known for its fishing, rafting, and kayaking. Hikers can access the famous Pacific Crest Trail nearby. In the summer when water levels are safe, the river is warm enough for wading and swimming off the gravel bar near the campground.

Curly Jack Campground has 12 shaded campsites for RVs, trailers, and tents. Two of the sites can accommodate RVs or trailers up to 60 feet long. Many campsites have river views. Garbage pickup only operates in the summer. At other times campers are asked to pack out their garbage. Curly Jack Campground also offers 4 Group Campsites.

Curly Jack Campground Basics
Curly Jack Campground Location: 63822 Highway 96, Happy Camp
Elevation: 1,075 feet
Mileage and driving time from gateway city: Yreka - 71 miles, 1:31
Redding - 170 miles, 3:04
Number of Sites: 12
Open - Closed: May through October
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2
Pets: on leash, always attended
Happy Camp Ranger District: (530) 493-2243

Reservations for Curly Jack Campground
Reservations Listed as first-come, first-served, but reservations may soon be available for standard campsites.
Reservations are required for Group Campsites.
Maximum RV/trailer Length: 42 - 60 feet
Wheelchair Accessible Sites: Some facilities are accessible
Fees: $15 per night
Reservations: Curly Jack Campground Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, 11:00 AM

Curly Jack Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring with grill; no hook-ups
Campground: Vault toilets, tap water available mid-May through mid-October
Showers: No
Dump station: Available in Happy Camp
Attractions near Curly Jack Campground: Enjoy fishing in the Klamath River. Take off rafting or kayaking in the river with an experienced guide. Hike on the Pacific Crest Trail. Walk to nearby Happy Camp for a restaurant meal.

Group Campsites at Curly Jack Campground

Curly Jack Campground has 4 group campsites. Each can accommodate up to 30 people and 5 vehicles. Group sites feature a general area for dispersed tent camping and a large gravel parking area for extra vehicles and trailers.
Fees: $30 - $50
Reservations: Curly Jack Campground Reservations

General Camping Information

Opening and closing dates of campgrounds are only estimates, usually dependent on snow conditions. Not all campsites can accommodate trailers or RVs of all lengths. Check carefully on the website when you make your reservation to be sure your vehicle will fit your campsite.

In order to prevent the spread of invasive insects, obtain firewood locally.

Accessible Sites

Designated Accessible sites are usually reserved for people with disabilities who have a vehicle displaying an accessible parking placard or license plate.


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