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BIG LAKE, OR

part ofWillamette National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: BIG LAKE
Status: Closed through Thu May 22 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Big Lake Campground sits at its namesake lake along Santiam Pass, a 4,800-foot mountain pass through the Cascade Range in western Oregon.

Campers enjoy views of the lake with the beautiful Mt. Washington as a backdrop.

Natural Features:

Surrounded by Alpine fir, hemlock and lodge pole pine, the campground sits on the western side of the lake.

Big Lake, at elevation 4,600 feet, is in the Willamette National Forest, which spans 1.6 million acres on the western slopes of the Cascade Mountains.

Recreation:

Water skiing, sailing and swimming are among the favorite activities at the lake.

The Patjens Lakes and Pocket Way Trails offer excellent hiking opportunities. The Patjens Trail follows the western side of Big Lake, heads south into the Mt. Washington Wilderness, passes alongside the scenic Patjens Lakes, and then loops back to the campground.

Facilities:

Big Lake Campground offers about 30 spacious campsites for tent or RV camping. Drinking water, vault toilets and a boat ramp are provided.

Nearby Attractions:

Several hiking trails and off-loading trails are in the area. Explore the Santiam Pass region on the Sisters Oregon Scenic Byway that passes through 130 miles of lava fields, lakes and waterfalls.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Biking
  • Boat Ramp
  • Campfire Rings
  • Drinking Water
  • Hiking
  • Lake Access
  • Picnic Area
  • Swimming
  • Trails
  • Vault Toilets
  • Water Skiing
Know Before You Go
  • Be bear aware; keep all food out of sight in approved containers or locked inside your vehicle and remove all food from area after eating
  • There are no electric site hook-ups at this facility
  • First-come, first-served sites may be available
  • A fee will be charged for additional vehicles
  • The per-person fee for day-use visitors is $5


Due to the spread of invasive insects, firewood from outside the area is not permitted. Help protect our forests by purchasing or collecting firewood at or near your camping destination and burning it on-site. Click here for more information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
44.3775, -121.87083
44°22'39"N, 121°52'15"W

From Eugene, Oregon, take I-105 east to McKenzie Highway 126. Travel east on 126 for 90 miles to Santiam Pass. At the top of the Pass, turn right onto the access road (sign says Hoodoo Ski Area, Big Lake Road, & Benson Sno-Park). Travel one mile to the fork in the road and stay left on Forest Service Road 2690. Continue for 2 miles to the entrance to Big Lake Campground on the left.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

BIG LAKE
P.O. Box 8516
Coburg OR 97408

Phone Number:

Information: (541)603-8564
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