South Fork Forest Camp


48300 Wilson River Hwy
Tillamook, OR 97141-9799




Information: (503) 842-2811
Fax: (503) 842-7943



Michael Gower , Superintendant, (503) 280-6646 ext 206
Jeff Boyer, Camp Commander, (503) 842-2811 ext 206
Roslyn Tilden, Executive Support, (503) 842-2811 ext 207
Custody Level: Minimum

Visiting Hours: Sat. & Sun. 8:30 - 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Visiting Rule: OAR Div 127 Visiting (Inmate)
Directions: Click here to see a map to SFFC







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South Fork Forest Camp (SFFC) is a 200 bed minimum security work camp located approximately 28 miles East of Tillamook, just off of Highway 6, along the Wilson River Highway. SFFC is a satellite facility to Columbia River Correctional Institution , another minimum security facility located in Portland, Oregon.
In 1933 huge forest fires known as the "Tillamook Burn" destroyed over 250,000 acres of timber. Subsequent fires brought the total to over 355,000 acres and over 13 billion board feet of timber. The total economic loss was estimated to be in excess of 600 million dollars.
The Tillamook Burn Rehabilitation Program inaugurated in 1949 by the Oregon State Board of Forestry has been successful in reseeding and tree planting efforts. In addition, ORS 421.450 (Work Camps) was drafted. It is a result of this statute that the South Fork Forest Camp was created. Working in direct cooperation with the the Oregon Department of Forestry, SFFC was built to provide aid in the restoration and administration of forests in Oregon.
The first buildings at the camp were built at the Oregon State Penitentiary, brought in and set up at what is now South Fork Forest Camp. These first cabins were quite primitive, with tar-paper walls, no plumbing or heat and offered little in terms of comfort for the inmates initially assigned to the camp. Fifteen inmates were assigned to each cabin.
The cabins in use at the camp today are of wood construction, all are fully plumbed, have showers and forced-air gas heat. (Up until October of 1996 they were heated with wood stoves, but in order to cut back on wood consumption, they were retrofitted with gas heat). Each cabin now houses twelve inmates.
Initially, inmates were paid $1.00 per day for their efforts, compared to the going rate of about $9.28 per day for non-inmate workers. Today the inmates earn awards equivalent to approximately $3.00 to $4.00 per day, compared to the non-inmate wages of $15.00 to $20.00 per hour for similar labor.
The road which runs along the front of the camp was the old stage coach road which ran from Forest Grove to Tillamook.

Directions: Click here to see a map to SFFC




For comments and questions, you may contact:

Oregon Department of Corrections
2575 Center St. NE
Salem, OR
Phone: 503-945-9090
Inmate Info.: 503-945-9090
Fax: 503-373-1173

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