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Most Recent Mississippi River Headwaters - Cross Lake Camping Reviews

small dusty busy Excellent trail near it

Ice cold water, amazing views.

Amazing and secluded campground, a favorite for sure. But the road was pretty darn rough this year. Trucks or good clearance recommended.

Clean and Good Infrastructure

Paved roads, clean grounds, picnic tables on concrete slabs so no animals can hide out and wait for snacks. Well organized campground. The boat ramp could use some renovations to allow multiple launch lines and better parking. Can be a zoo around the ramp in the afternoon so be prepared.

Can get a bit noisy when full but was very quiet at night time. Didn’t help that our neighbor liked to play country music at an unacceptable level 😡, but eventually figured out they were annoying fellow campers.

Secluded campsites in a lush forest

This was one of the most beautiful campgrounds I’ve visited. My site was quite secluded, I could only occasionally see people walking along the camp road. Vault toilets were kept clean and a well water pump was available for clean drinking water.

The best part was the South Santiam River running along the campground, providing a relaxing ambiance. A 2-mile trail loop will take you from the canpgeiund to House Rock Falls, then up along historic Santiam Wagon Road Trail. The water is crystal clear and nice to wade in, but when I was there it was really cold. I’m excited to return to explore the area again.

Great Campground

This is a great spot for mostly private sites with plenty of shade and close proximity to the water. Some sites have the parking spot up above the actual site and you have to walk down a short set of stairs to access. We were in spot 19 and this was the case but it wasn't a huge issue for us. The view from spot 19 made it absolutely worth it. There was a small/steep trail down to the water with a VERY rocky little beach next to the water. The water was a bit too rough for much water play with our 4 year old, but older kids and adults would likely enjoy some swimming and more water play. Plenty of trees for hanging hammocks and such as well. The bathroom was well stocked with tp and even had an air freshner. Would recommend.

Affordable Unforgettableness

I don't have any pics - yet - but I remember both the cabins and tent sites being perfects. The cabins were the perfect size and not too pricey.  It's a popular place but you don't feel packed in.  The drive to Silver Falls is amazing - the best of Oregon farm country mixed with some signature forests.

Perfect campground on the river

Not only is this a gorgeous Campground but all of the sites are wonderful. There's so much exploring to do in this area fishing Rock hunting or just hanging out floating the river. Stopped here last minute after a day of adventuring. Had site 12 ans the ruver was right behind us!

NO water on-site, LOUD, OBNOXIOUS campers

Would have been a beautiful experience had we known there was no water available at the campground and there had been considerate camping parties next to us. Website states there is water, camp host said it has been broken for 3 years. 45 minute drive to Sweet Home to get water and earplugs to drown out the boom-cha boom-cha dance music from 2 neighboring campsites that went until the early morning hours. LOUD, OBNOXIOUS campers constantly cussing and yelling at their screeching children all day long, then partying all night. Mind you, this was a Wednesday and Thursday night. We were lucky to get an hour or two in the afternoon of quiet when it seemed everyone was busy at the watering hole. It was HOT, 90-95 F during the day, but when we decided to venture to the watering hole, it was overrun by the loud party and their children. Had to leave after witnessing racist comments from this large group directed at an Asian gal playing with their kids. Campsites were nice otherwise, 22 spots, all first come, first serve, $12 per night. Camp wood $10 for a "cart" that lasted us both nights and fires in the morning to cook over. BYO water!

Surrounded by nature (hotsprings, riverside)

We were lucky enough to get site number 1 which has a hot spring by it and it is river front (McKenzie River 🤩). They have rooms available, riverfront sites as well as another big area with cabins and for RVs. There is a tent area, we didn’t go there but we saw a bunch of people pulling a cart with their stuff to the tent area which is on the other side of the river. The property has the carts and you can just borrow. We did not have full hook up, only water and electric and that’s what we needed for one night. I am not sure they have full hook ups at the upper RV area. We loved staying there, you are literally in the forest, you can enjoy a nice walk around the park, they have a few trails or just sit by the river and relax. The lodge has two hits springs in the form of pools - we did not get in it because it was a bit crowded and we were there at the end of June, when Covid-19 was still around. The one by the reception and the River is bigger and the one is a bit smaller and gets crowded fast. They were requiring appointments for the second one in order to control the number of people in it and it looked like 25 was still too many people for such a small area. They are dog friendly and they offer breakage for lodge guests. We saw a food truck parked outside of the lodge but it was not open, unfortunately. It would have been cool to get food there. Bring food, water and anything else you need because there are no grocery stores around and they don’t have many options at their store at the lodge. We saw a few people fishing across de river from us! The property is very well taken care of. Beautiful flowers, plants, trees and lawn. There are a ton of hikes in the area. Proxy falls is not too far from this place and worth the trip. Great to go alone, as a couple or family.

Beautiful lake with easy access

Almost a five star if it wasn’t for the awful ROAD NOISE. You could hear the road noise from every site there, so much so in some that it drowned out conversation. Some of the camp sites were really in need maintenance via broken pad sites and encroaching trees.

Great campground with a lot of campsites. Some really beautiful sites next to the lake. Easy access to the lake from pretty much all of the campground. Great boat launch. The lake was warm and had a nice shallow edge for the kids. Would definitely come back if we could get closer to the lake away from the road noise.