Cove Creek (OR)

Willamette National Forest

The campground area offers 60 campsites, 55 single and 5 double sites, that can accommodate railers up to 30 feet in length.  There are both reservable and FCFS Campsites. The campsites are laid out in two main loops with sites #1-36 in one and sites #37-63 in the other.  There is a designated host site (#1) near the entrance.  The group camp offers individual campsites and a picnic shelter that can accommodate up to 70 people.  20 vehicles, and trailers up to 30 feet in length.  All sites are equipped with picnic tables and fire rings.  The day use area includes a boat launch and 2 courtesy docks for loading and unloading only; no mooring is allowed.  There are approximately 35 parking spaces for use at the day use area, which have also been used as overflow parking (eg extra vehicle w/boat trailer) for the campground. 

Campsites are surrounded by towering trees, which create a secluded atmosphere. Visitors enjoy exploring the area and discovering osprey hovering above or nesting in many trees. 

Water is available to visitors from faucet risers throughout the site.  There are 4 double-flush toilets, 2 of which contain coin-operated showers, located throughout the site.  Trash receptacles are located in the campground. 

Scan and Pay is offered at this campground; you may also pay by cash or check for FCFS campsites. There are no refunds, modifications, cancellations, or other fee changes allowed with Scan and Pay payments. This system is the same as putting cash into a fee tube and cannot be refunded. Please download the Rec.Gov app prior to arriving at the campground as there may be no cellular service or very limited service at the campground.  

Reservations for this site can be made up to 6 months in advance of arrival date for individual camp sites and 12 months in advance of arrival date for the group camp by reserving online at RECREATION.GOV or by calling 877-444-6777.

The campground offers single and double-family campsites, as well as an accessible group site for up to 70 people. Accessible flush toilets, drinking water and coin-operated showers are available at Cove Creek.

The group campground comes with a sheltered eating area.

In the day use area, there is about 1,000 ft. of shoreline. There is a dock for launching, loading and unloading only. There is no mooring allowed.

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Natural Features

A mix of wooded and open sites are provided at the campground. Its location is near enough to the Detroit Reservoir to hear passing boats, but a little too far for unobstructed views of the lake. The reservoir covers 3,500 acres and is surrounded by groves of Douglas fir.

Nearby Attractions

Additional hiking trails can be found across the lake, including those that lead to Dome Rock and Needle Rock.


Detroit Lake is a popular destination for boating, jet skiing, swimming and fishing. Rainbow trout, Kokanee salmon and catfish are found in the lake. A boat ramp and dock are located next to the campground.

The Stahlman Point Trail is a quarter-mile from the campground entrance road. The trail meanders through younger Douglas fir forests and offers some memorable views of Detroit Lake.

Contact Information


Detroit Ranger District, 44125 N. Santiam Hwy., Detroit, OR 97360 Managed by Linn County Parks and Recreation, 3010 Ferry St. SW, Albany, OR 97322 OR

Phone Number

For campground inquiries, please call: 801-226-3564

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Driving Directions

From Detroit, Oregon, travel east on State Highway 22 for 2.7 miles to Blowout Road/Forest Service Road 10. From Idanha, Oregon, travel west on State Highway 22 for 0.7 miles to Blowout Road/Forest Service Road 10. Proceed on Blowout Road 3.6 miles to Cove Creek Campground on the right.

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