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NORTH WALDO, OR

part ofWillamette National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: NORTH WALDO
Status: Closed through Thu Jun 04 2015   Season Dates
 

Overview

Waldo Lake is one of the largest natural lakes in Oregon. It offers a uniquely peaceful setting on the water and along remote shorelines, surrounded by forests of Douglas fir and Western Hemlock. Recreation in the area is abundant with the lake an ideal location for water activities like sailing, canoeing and swimming.

Natural Features:

Lying high on the western slopes of the Oregon Cascades at 5,400 feet in elevation, Waldo Lake is one of the purest lakes in Oregon (9.8 square miles with a maximum depth of 427 feet). It has no permanent inlet to bring nutrients into the lake for plant growth. The lack of plant life contributes to its purity, allowing you to see to depths of 120 feet on a calm day.

Recreation:

Waldo Lake is circled by the Jim Weaver Loop, 20 miles of trail for hiking and biking. Bikes are allowed on the trails, but not in the nearby Waldo Lake Wilderness. There is also easy access to the Pacific Crest Trail and North Waldo is also a popular starting point for many wilderness trails and lakes, most notably the Rigdon, Wahanna and Torrey Lakes. There is a 1-mile Shoreline Trail between North Waldo Campground and Islet Campground which provides a short and pleasant hike along the lakeshore.

Facilities:

North Waldo is the most popular of the Waldo Lake Campgrounds. There are 58 sites with fire rings and tables. There is a sanitation station near the campground. The boat launch is somewhat deeper than the others on the lake, which is more accommodating for large sailboats. The drier environment supports fewer mosquitoes, but they are still plentiful in season.
This facility is operated by American Land & Leisure. We appreciate hearing from you. Comment cards are available from campground hosts or online at www.americanll.com.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Amphitheater
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Drinking Water
  • Fishing
  • Grills
  • Hiking Trail
  • Parking
  • Picnic Area
  • RV sites
  • Self Pay Station
  • Swimming
  • Tent sites
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
  • Visitor Center
Know Before You Go
  • Generator and chainsaw use are prohibited in undeveloped areas around Waldo Lake.
  • Generator use is allowed in developed campgrounds.
  • Boat motor use is restricted to electric motors only.
  • If planning to land a floatplane on the surface of Waldo Lake, please check the current regulations on the Oregon State Marine Board website ).
  • 14 day boat moorage limit. People must be staying at Waldo Lake while mooring their boats.
  • Islands are day use only, no overnight camping.
    • Don't Move Firewood: Please protect Pacific Northwest forests by preventing the spread of invasive species. Firewood can carry insects and diseases that can threaten the health of our western forests. You can make a difference by obtaining and burning your firewood near your camping destination. Visit Dontmovefirewood.org for further information.

    Getting There:

    GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
    43.75806, -122.00389
    43°45'29"N, 122°0'14"W

    From Oakridge, follow Hwy 58 east for 25 miles to the Waldo Lake Road (FS Road 5897). Follow Waldo Lake Road for 11 miles to FS Road 5898. Follow FS Road 5898 to FS Road 5895. Continue on FS Road 5895 to North Waldo Campground.

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    NORTH WALDO
    FS Rd 5895 at Waldo Lake
    Oakridge  OR  97463

    Phone Number:

    Information:  (801)226-3564
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