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Umatilla National Forest seeks volunteer Eastern Oregon campground hosts for the summer

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PENDLETON, Ore. (March 9, 2022) — The Umatilla National Forest is looking for volunteers to spend the summer as campground hosts at the Jubilee Lake, Woodward, Olive Lake, North Fork John Day, and Bull Prairie Lake campgrounds.
A campground host greets campers, provides information on the surrounding area, and generally makes campers feel at home. Hosts will visit with campers and day-use visitors, clean and maintain restrooms, restock supplies, occasionally clean up after camp, and carry out minor maintenance as needed. They keep an eye on things and set a good example for others in the campground.

Individuals or couples can apply to be hosts. Retirees often apply to the campground host program, finding it the ideal way to spend the summer in a beautiful setting. Hosts need to be friendly, flexible, and responsible. Host applicants may be subject to a criminal background check.

Those who apply will need to supply their own trailer, camper, or motor home. Campground hosts will be provided a campsite, usually near the main entryway to the campground.  Though the host program is a volunteer program, a food allowance and propane is offered, and personal vehicle mileage associated with hosting duties is reimbursed.

Jubilee Lake Campground is located 12 miles NE of Tollgate and is the largest developed campground on the Umatilla National Forest offering 53 campsites, four picnic areas and a 2.8 mile accessible hiking trail around the 92-acre lake. This campground is very popular for overnight camping as well as day-use activities. Campground hosts are typically on-site from early-July through mid-September. For more information on becoming a Forest Service Volunteer Campground Host at Jubilee Lake Campground, please contact Kiyoshi Fujishin at the Walla Walla Ranger District (509) 522-6277 or Kiyoshi.fujishin@usda.gov

Woodward Campground is located right off Highway 204 at Tollgate and offers 14 tent/trailer sites, four picnic areas, four accessible toilet facilities, and views of Langdon Lake (however Langdon Lake is a private lake and access to the lake is not allowed). Hosts are typically on-site from early July through the end of September. The hosts at this campground are also responsible for taking care of Target Meadows and Woodland Campgrounds, which are both located nearby. For more information on becoming a Forest Service Volunteer Campground Host at Woodward Campground, please contact Kiyoshi Fujishin at the Walla Walla Ranger District (509) 522-6277 or Kiyoshi.fujishin@usda.gov.

Olive Lake Campground is located 12 miles SW of Granite and sits on the shore of a 90-acre high mountain lake. This campground is typically hosted from early-June through Labor Day. The campground features 28 campsites and seven accessible toilet facilities. Other features include a two-mile accessible hiking trail around the lake with nearby access to wilderness and scenic area trails, a boat ramp and two docks. If you are interested in becoming a Forest Service Volunteer Campground Host at Olive Lake Campground, please contact Roy Vega at john.vega@usda.gov.  

North Fork John Day Campground is located 8 miles N of Granite and is situated along the beautiful North Fork John Day River and is a gateway to the adjacent wilderness of the same name. The campground offers 5 tent sites, and 15 tent/trailer sites, as well as horse handling facilities and a trailhead. This campground is typically hosted from Memorial Day through mid-October, though a shorter duration is negotiable. If you are interested in becoming a Forest Service Volunteer Campground Host at Olive Lake Campground, please contact Roy Vega at john.vega@usda.gov

Bull Prairie Lake Campground is located 36 miles south of Heppner and offers 30 tent/trailer sites, 12 picnic areas, a beautiful 28-acre lake with four floating fishing docks and a 1.5-mile paved accessible trail. This campground is typically hosted from Memorial Day through mid-October, though a shorter duration is negotiable. For more information on becoming a Forest Service Volunteer Campground Host at Bull Prairie Lake Campground, please contact Roy Vega at john.vega@usda.gov
Additional information about the Umatilla National Forest is available at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/umatilla

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