Detroit Lake's campground offers nearly 300 sites on the shore of a forest-ringed canyon reservoir in the Cascade Mountains. The nine-mile-long lake is a popular destination for fishing, boating, and other water sports. Sightseers enjoy views of snow-capped Mt. Jefferson in the distance.
The campground has horseshoe pits, a basketball court, a volleyball area, and a playground. There are two courtesy boat ramps, two reservable boat moorages, and a fishing dock.
A Visitor Center has information on the park and local attractions, along with gifts, ice, soft drinks, firewood, souvenirs and educational toys for sale.
June 18, 2021 Note: Campground is open; reserve at oregonstateparks.reserveamerica.com. The park closed in September 2020 following the Santiam Canyon wildfires. The park sustained minimal damage, but surrounding areas fared much worse. For information about how the town of Detroit is recovering, go to www.detroitlakeoregon.org.
The lakes and rivers found within Oregon State Parks are open to unsupervised swimming. You are responsible for your own safety. Before you enter the water, you should judge your swimming skills against possible strong currents, cold water, underwater objects and steep drop-offs. Remember, that many of our natural bodies of water and man-made reservoirs are filled by snow runoff and remain cold year round. Please bring and wear a personal flotation device and swim with a buddy.
Detroit Lake SRA campground has a strict vehicle policy, allowing a MAXIMUM of 2 vehicles per campsite. Only one vehicle is included with standard camp fees. A second vehicle kept at a campsite (or alternate parking area) is subject to a nightly Extra Vehicle fee, paid upon arrival at the park. The nightly Extra Vehicle fee is $7.
No, there is not a dump station at the campground. You will have to get one of the full hookup (power, sewer, water) sites if you need sewer. The dump station at Fisherman's Bend Campground, approximately 20 miles west of Detroit Lake Campground, is CLOSED INDEFINITELY.
RV campers can use the non-hook up tent sites but there are length limits on most tent areas.
Yes, but they will pay the hookup site fee from May 1st to September 30th. In the off season when all the tent sites are closed you will only be charged the tent site price if not using hook-ups.
No. The campground is for campers only. The Mongold State Park day-use area is located 1.5 miles west of the campground. Mongold has several picnic areas, a swimming area and a boat launch. There are several areas around the lake to fish.
No. Your camping permit from the campground will work at Mongold. Make sure the permit is clearly displayed.
The area originally was obtained in 1955 under special use permit from the U. S. Forest Service with the cooperation of the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers. This location had been a developed Forest Service campground prior to its lease to State Parks. The park is forested with second growth Douglas fir and was extensively logged in the period before the World War II. The 400-foot-deep reservoir was created in 1953 when the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers completed the Detroit Dam project. The lake and the dam were named after the community of Detroit, populated originally by people from Michigan.