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Detroit Lake State Recreation Area

Near Salem, Oregon, United States

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Park Overview

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.

Seasonal Camping

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.

Campground Details

  • 107 full-hookup sites
  • 68 electrical sites with water
  • 96 tent sites with water nearby
  • Flush toilets and hot showers
  • Swimming areas
  • Firewood for sale
  • Universal Access: Eight campsites are accessible to campers with disabilities.

Water Recreation

  • To check water levels, go to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website
  • A life jacket loaner station is at Mongold Day-use Area, with life jackets of various sizes available. Do not swim, float, paddle or boat without a life jacket. Wearing a life jacket, and making sure it fits properly, saves lives. 
  • Boaters: check ahead for obstructions on the Oregon State Marine Board's Reported Obstructions and Alerts page.
Effective Sep 25, 2021
Fire restrictions have been lifted for Detroit Lake State Park.
Effective Aug 14, 2021
Due to lowering lake level, the G boat launch has been closed to motorized watercraft.
Boats can be launched at the Mongold Low Water Ramp.

G ramp can still be used to launch kayaks, canoes and SUP.  
Effective Aug 11, 2021
Due to low water levels on the lake, the main boat ramps at Mongold are closed for the season. The low water ramp is open.  Check the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website to view current lake levels at Detroit Lake and other reservoirs in the Willamette Valley.
mdi-currency-usd Day-use parking permit required
(purchase 1-day permit on site)
Buy annual parking permit
mdi-cellphone Call for reservations: 800-452-5687
Call for info: 800-551-6949
Call park: 503-854-3766
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Amenities & Features

Questions

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Is there cable TV hookups at the campground?

No.

Where can I swim?

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.

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How many vehicles can we have at the campground?

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.

Is there a dump station at the campground?

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.

Can RV campers use the non-hook up tent sites?

RV campers can use the non-hook up tent sites but there are length limits on most tent areas.

Can tent campers camp in a hookup site?

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.

If I am not camping, can I come into the campground to fish, swim, have a lunch or launch my boat?

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.

I am camping at Detroit but would like to use the Mongold day-use area. Do I need a seperate permit for Mongold?

No. Your camping permit from the campground will work at Mongold. Make sure the permit is clearly displayed.

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Are generators allowed?

No.

Can I use a metal detector at Detroit campground?

No.

For more questions, review our statewide FAQ

History

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.

Brochures and Maps

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