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    Camper-submitted photo from Silver Falls State Park Campground
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    1.

    Silver Falls State Park Campground

    71 Reviews
    340 Photos
    784 Saves
    Mehama, Oregon

    The main campground has tent sites, RV spots and cabins. Bring your horse and stay in the horse campground.

    Campground Book sites at oregonstateparks.reserveamerica.com. Reservations can be made 6 months in advance. Reservations are required for cabin stays.

    48 electrical sites with water (18+ sites open year-round) 43 tent sites with water nearby (seasonal May–Oct.) 14 cabins (7 pet friendly, open year-round) Flush toilets and showers Universal Access: Campsites B2 and B4, four cabins, and campground restrooms/showers are accessible. Howard Creek Horse Camp (seasonal May–Oct) 5 primitive sites with horse stalls Group site for 24 people and 12 horses

    People call it the “crown jewel” of the Oregon State Parks system, and once you visit, you know why. Silver Falls State Park is the kind of standout scenic treasure that puts Oregon firmly onto the national—and international—stage.

    Camping: The main Silver Falls campground has tent sites, RV spots and cabins. Bring your horse and stay in the horse campground. If you need an area for many people, the park also has group tent and RV camps, and the historic Youth Camp for up to 250 campers.

    Waterfalls: Where else can you walk behind a waterfall? Check out the famous South Falls and see what a 177-foot curtain of water looks like from behind. It’s part of the Trail of Ten Falls, a spectacular, nationally recognized hiking trail that weaves through a dense forested landscape. The trail passes a series of breathtaking waterfalls along a rocky canyon, and descends to a winding creek at the forest floor. This 7.2 mile loop is considered to be a moderate hike, with an overall elevation change of 800 feet. Several connecting trails with separate access points make shorter routes. For everyone’s safety— absolutely no pets allowed on the Canyon Trail. Pets on leash are allowed on all other trails.

    Boots, bikes, paws, hooves: The park offers more than 35 miles of backcountry trails for mountain biking, hiking or horseback riding (see guided ride info below). Bears and cougars live in the more remote park areas.

    Daytime activities: The South Falls Day-use area has spacious lawns, barbecue stands, picnic shelters, tables, a playground, horseshoe pits, an off lead area for dogs, and a charming creek. Ever since the opening day in 1933, visitors have been using these grounds for potlucks, family reunions and weddings.

    The Silver Falls Lodge and Conference Center offers a variety of amenities. Relax and enjoy comfortable lodging within the wooded setting, or feast at the many catered specialty events. Enjoy a preordered meal at the historic dining hall or order a box lunch to take on a hike or to your campsite. They also specialize in hosting special events! Visit silverfallslodge.com or call 866-575-8875.

    Guided horseback rides: Silver Falls Riding Stables at Howard Creek offers five horseback rides daily through Sept. 29. Advanced reservation recommended. Visit silverfallslodge.com for times and rates.

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    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $28 / night

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    Detroit Lake State Recreation Area

    41 Reviews
    200 Photos
    224 Saves
    Detroit, Oregon

    In the summer months, Detroit Lake Campground, a 3,500-acre, 9-mile long lake in the Cascades below Mt. Jefferson, is a popular recreation area for fishing, boating, water skiing, swimming, camping, and picnicking. The U.S. Forest Service and Oregon Department of Parks and Recreation and operate numerous boat ramps, Detroit Lake Oregon Camping and day-use areas around the lake. Two privately owned marinas are located near the town of Detroit. Both Detroit and Big Cliff lakes are located 43 miles southeast of Salem on the North Fork of the Santiam River. They are operated by the Corps of Engineers as part of a system of thirteen multi-purpose dams and reservoirs that make up the Willamette Valley Project. These dams and reservoirs work together for the purposes of flood damage reduction, hydropower generation, irrigation, recreation, fish and wildlife enhancement, and downstream water quality improvement within the Willamette River drainage system.. To learn more about the lake and construction of the dam visit the Army Corps of Engineers website at http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/ In late summer, early fall through spring, the water levels on Detroit and Big Cliff lakes are frequently drawn down to the point where boat launches are no longer available. Reservoir and river level information is available from the US Army Corps of Engineers here. Watch for obstructions near the shoreline such as submerged stumps, logs and rocks. Small craft should stay out of open waters when it is windy since dangerous waves can build up suddenly. Fish Your National Forests: This site can be accessed by Passenger Car; Fish available include: Trout, Native Trout; Types of fishing available include: Shore, Motorized boat, Float tube, Fly, Spin, Bait; ADA Accessible fishing access with fishing pier, boat launch, and fish cleaning station View more Popular Lakes & Rivers

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    Camper-submitted photo from Fishermens Bend - TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO CAMPING
    Camper-submitted photo from Fishermens Bend - TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO CAMPING
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    Camper-submitted photo from Fishermens Bend - TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO CAMPING
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    Fishermens Bend - TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO CAMPING

    15 Reviews
    47 Photos
    98 Saves
    Gates, Oregon

    Overview

    Fishermen's Bend Recreation Site has limited day use open. No camping or dump station is available.__ $5 passenger vehicle (up to 9), $10 non-commercial vans (10-19 passengers), $20 non-commercial bus (over 19 passengers), $30 Northwest Oregon District Annual Day Pass for passengers vehicles only, America the Beautiful Interagency Passes and Golden passes are also acceptable for day-use fees Cottonwoods Shelter rental $110 per day, does not include vehicle day-use fees

    Recreation

    Day use only until further notice. Expanded opened area includes River Loop only. Group picnic shelter, Cottonwoods, is reservable 7 first come-first serve individual picnic sites some hiking trails around River Loop and to the fishing overlook boat launch river access

    Facilities

    porta potties, picnic sites with picnic table, parking, and barbecue grill, hiking trails, boat ramp, camp host, fishing overlook

    Natural Features

    Nearby Attractions

    North Santiam State Park is next door, with more great water and hiking opportunities. Scenic John Neal Memorial County Park is less than 15 minutes away. Silver Falls State Park is 45 minutes from Fishermen's Bend, with 10 majestic waterfalls, ranging from the grand 177' South Falls, to the delicate 27' Drake Falls.

    contact_info

    For facility specific information, please call (503) 375-5646.

    Charges & Cancellations

    Standard fees apply and are non-refundable. Visit https://www.recreation.gov/rules-reservation-policies for more information.

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    $110 / night

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    Humbug Campground

    20 Reviews
    45 Photos
    183 Saves
    Detroit, Oregon

    Overview

    There are 21 camping units that can accommodate vehicles and trailers up to 55 feet in length.__ Some sites are reservable and some are FCFS sites.__ Each site has a picnic table and grill.__ There are 3 toilets.__ Drinking water is available to visitors from multiple spigots throughout the campground.__ Garbage receptacles are located in the campground.__ Humbug Campground is surrounded by old-growth forest, and during the months of May through July, the rhododendrons bloom in a spectacular show of pink blossoms. Recreation in the area is abundant -- plan on a quiet stroll through this lush forest or fishing on nearby Breitenbush River.__ 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 by reserving online at RECREATION.GOV or by calling 877-444-6777.

    Recreation

    Wading and fishing are popular activities in the Breitenbush River, and rainbow trout is the most common catch for anglers. The Willamette National Forest has about 1,700 miles of trail. While many are in wilderness areas, a number of trails are low-elevation, easy-access trails for year-round hiking.

    Facilities

    Wading and fishing are popular activities in the Breitenbush River, and rainbow trout is the most common catch for anglers. The Willamette National Forest has about 1,700 miles of trail. While many are in wilderness areas, a number of trails are low-elevation, easy-access trails for year-round hiking.

    Natural Features

    The campground lies in the Willamette National Forest, which stretches for 110 miles along the western slopes of the Cascade Range. The varied landscape of high mountains, narrow canyons, cascading streams and wooded slopes offer varied recreational opportunities for visitors. The Breitenbush River is a tributary of the North Santiam River, and its clean waters flow from short forks of snowmelt in the Mount Jefferson Wilderness. A variety of plants and foliage separate the spacious campsites and provide privacy from other sites.

    Nearby Attractions

    Detroit Lake has a marina and provides plenty of opportunity for water recreation like boating, water skiing and kayaking.

    contact_info

    For facility specific information, please call (541) 967-3917.

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    $21 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Champoeg State Heritage Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Champoeg State Heritage Area
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    Champoeg State Heritage Area

    60 Reviews
    180 Photos
    491 Saves
    Donald, Oregon

    Champoeg State Heritage Area features a rare combination of history, nature, and recreation. Situated south of Newberg along the scenic Willamette River, Champoeg's forests, fields, and wetlands recreate the landscape of a bygone era.

    This is the site where Oregon's first provisional government was formed by a historical vote in 1843. A thriving town of 200 was established, only to be washed away during a great flood in 1861. This rich history earns the park’s placement on the National Register of Historic Places.

    A diversity of activities await. Enjoy walking or biking on the paved trails that pass historical landmarks and hug the river. Play the 18-hole disc golf course under the oak trees, relax at the multitude of scenic picnic areas, or fish or kayak from dock on the Willamette River. For RV's there are 21 full-hookup sites and 54 electric sites with water.

    The ecologically rich landscape is home to more than 130 bird species, including seasonally nesting western bluebirds and acorn woodpeckers.

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    • Reservable
    • RVs

    $5 - $72 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Smith Creek Village — Silver Falls State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Smith Creek Village — Silver Falls State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Smith Creek Village — Silver Falls State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Smith Creek Village — Silver Falls State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Smith Creek Village — Silver Falls State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Smith Creek Village — Silver Falls State Park

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    Smith Creek Village — Silver Falls State Park

    12 Reviews
    161 Photos
    7 Saves
    Mehama, Oregon

    Camp•hub, real cuisine, and BnB outdoor boutique hotel.

    Immersing yourself into the outdoors, if only for a drizzly afternoon stroll, is not simply refreshing—for Oregonians, it’s practically fundamental to experiencing a flourishing life in the Pacific Northwest.

    Setting out on the trail or sleeping under the stars can be the restorative breath of fresh air that can completely transform a mindset. That transformation in mindset could have significant impacts on the climate of surrounding environment + the local community, and that's not something to take lightly.

    From the outset, our mission at Silver Falls Hospitality has been to learn firsthand from the very nature of the wilderness, and directly from those who have been stewards of the land before us. As a small business and as a blossoming cohort of creatives and a "boots-on-the-ground" team, we aim to convey the resilience that we have gained & have continuously learned from, and hope to instill those values into the hearts and minds of the sojourners, friends, locals, and families that we are honored to host.

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    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • Market

    $89 - $250 / night

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    Opal Pool Campsites

    10 Reviews
    45 Photos
    199 Saves
    Detroit, Oregon

    Welcome to Opal Pool Campsites, a hidden gem nestled in the heart of the Willamette National Forest in Oregon. This spot is a favorite among those who love a good hike and a refreshing swim. The water here is stunningly blue, rivaling even the Caribbean, though it's a bit chillier. The hike to the pools is easy and flat, making it accessible for most folks. Along the way, you'll find small pools perfect for a quick dip.

    One of the unique features of this area is the old abandoned village you can explore. It's fascinating to see how nature has reclaimed the space, giving it an almost apocalyptic vibe. If you're into history or just love a good adventure, this is a must-see.

    Camping here is a bit of a mixed bag. There are no reservations, so it's first-come, first-served. It can get pretty crowded, especially on weekends, so plan to arrive early. There's no drinking water, toilets, or showers, so come prepared to rough it. Fires and pets aren't allowed, which helps keep the area pristine.

    For those who prefer a bit more solitude, there are dispersed camping options along the river. These spots are more secluded and offer a peaceful retreat surrounded by trees and the sound of flowing water. Just remember, there's no water or facilities, so you'll need to bring everything you need.

    Nearby, the popular Three Pools area offers more opportunities for swimming and exploring. The trails around here are well-traveled, but the beauty of the water and the surrounding forest makes it all worthwhile. Whether you're here for a day hike or a weekend camping trip, Opal Pool Campsites offer a unique and memorable outdoor experience.

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      Milo McIver State Park Campground

      36 Reviews
      109 Photos
      425 Saves
      Estacada, Oregon

      Situated along the scenic Clackamas River, Milo McIver State Park is only 45 minutes from Portland. This beautiful park provides a variety of outstanding recreational opportunities. You can spend a day or a week exploring the river, forest and fields.

      Seasonal Camping (Mid-March – Oct. 31)

      44 electrical sites with water (one accessible). Nine tent sites with water nearby Hot showers and flush toilets Three reservable group tent camping areas with water, flush toilets and fire rings Three hiker/biker campsites with water, lockers, solar charging station and fire pit RV dump station Click here to see a campground map. Water Play

      River lovers can challenge the sometimes wild (but always picturesque) Clackamas River with rafts, canoes or kayaks. For fishing enthusiasts, Estacada Lake offers a boat ramp and an ADA fishing dock, and the Clackamas River has steelhead and Chinook runs.

      The Clackamas Fish Hatchery is located at McIver Park, and self-guided tours of the hatchery guide visitors through the life-cycle of Chinook salmon and steelhead.

      SUP and Kayak Rentals Rentals and guided tours are offered by Clackamas River Outfitters at Estacada Lake through contract with Oregon State Parks. Information: 503-586-3241 or clackamasriveroutfitters.com

      Land Play Prefer to stay dry? You can hike or ride your horse over miles of trails. (Bicycles are allowed only on paved trails and roads, for the safety of all.)

      Milo also sports a world-class, 27-hole disc golf course at the Riverbend Day-use Area. Discs are available at the park office to rent or buy.

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      • Reservable
      • ADA Access

      $18 - $75 / night

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      Hoover Campground

      11 Reviews
      24 Photos
      90 Saves
      Idanha, Oregon

      Overview

      The campground area offers 35 campsites, 26 single and 9 double sites, that can accommodate trailers up to 45 feet in length.__ The campsites are laid out in two main loops with sites #1-20 in one and sites #21-37 in the other.__ There is a designated host site (#21) near the entrance.__ there are approximately 20 extra-vehicle parking spaces on the east side of the campground for overflow paring.__ The group camp offers a group site composed of 6 individual campsites and a picnic shelter for groups of up to 70 people.__ The site can accommodate 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, 2 courtesy docks, a fishing pier, and 2 lakeside viewing platforms.__ There are approximately 35 parking spaces for use at the boat ramp area, which have also been used as overflow parking (eg extra vehicle w/boat trailer) for the campground.__ Water is available to visitors from faucet risers throughout the site.__ There are 2 double-flush toilets and 1 single vault toilet located in accessible locations within the site.__ The group site has two single vaults.__ Trash receptacles are located in the campground.__ There is one self-guided nature trail within the sites.__ Hoover sits among Douglas fir and maple trees and large ferns at an elevation of 1,600 feet. The campground is located in the North Santiam Travel Corridor of Willamette National Forest. The forest covers 1.6 million acres on the western slopes of the Cascade Mountains.__ This campground has reservable and FCFS campsites.__ 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 reservation 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.

      Recreation

      Sailing, boating, water skiing and fishing are all excellent options for enjoying Detroit Lake. Catfish, rainbow trout and Kokanee salmon are among the most common species found in the lake. A convenient boat ramp is in the campground. Several hiking trails dot the area, including Stahlman Point Trail, which offers beautiful vistas of Detroit Lake and the surrounding area. The Hoover Nature Trail is a short footpath that delights many campers.

      Facilities

      Sailing, boating, water skiing and fishing are all excellent options for enjoying Detroit Lake. Catfish, rainbow trout and Kokanee salmon are among the most common species found in the lake. A convenient boat ramp is in the campground. Several hiking trails dot the area, including Stahlman Point Trail, which offers beautiful vistas of Detroit Lake and the surrounding area. The Hoover Nature Trail is a short footpath that delights many campers.

      Natural Features

      Hoover sits among Douglas fir and maple trees and large ferns at an elevation of 1,600 feet. The campground is located in the North Santiam Travel Corridor of Willamette National Forest. The forest covers 1.6 million acres on the western slopes of the Cascade Mountains.

      Nearby Attractions

      Detroit Lake provides the major attraction for recreation opportunities at this site.__ Detroit Lake provides countless water recreation opportunities abound such as boating, waterskiing, kayaking, fishing, etc.__ Additionally, there are numerous trails in the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness and adjacent National Forest that recreational users come to the area to enjoy. Catfish, rainbow trout and Kokanee salmon are among the most common species found in the lake. A convenient boat ramp is in the campground. Several hiking trails dot the area, including Stahlman Point Trail, which offers beautiful vistas of Detroit Lake and the surrounding area. The Hoover Nature Trail is a short footpath that delights many campers.

      contact_info

      For facility specific information, please call (503) 854-3366.

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      $52 / night

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    What camping is available near Gates, OR?

    According to TheDyrt.com, Gates, OR offers a wide range of camping options, with 292 campgrounds and RV parks near Gates, OR and 23 free dispersed camping spots.

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    According to TheDyrt.com, the most popular campground near Gates, OR is Silver Falls State Park Campground with a 4.7-star rating from 71 reviews.

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    According to TheDyrt.com, there are 23 free dispersed camping spots near Gates, OR.

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    According to TheDyrt.com, there are 20 parks near Gates, OR that allow camping, notably Mississippi River Headwaters - Cross Lake and Willamette National Forest.