Blue Bay Campground is situated in a diverse forest of pine and fir on the south shore of Suttle Lake in Deschutes National Forest. Its proximity to high alpine lakes, lush forests and towering peaks in nearby wilderness areas make it a popular destination for individual and group camping excursions.
Popular activities in the area include hiking, fishing and motorized boating in the summer months, as well as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter.
Numerous hiking and horseback riding trails can be accessed from the campground and in the surrounding area. The 3.2-mile Suttle Lake Loop Trail meanders through the developed recreation areas on Suttle Lake. The trail follows the wooded shoreline of the lake, providing opportunities for fishing or picnicking along the way.
For fishing, boats are most commonly used on Suttle Lake. Float tubes are adequate, and wading is possible in some areas. A few areas are fishable from shore. The lake sustains an excellent population of naturally reproducing kokanee, brown trout, whitefish and crayfish.
The campground has a shallow boat ramp area, and most campsites have easy access to the waterfront. Motorized and non-motorized boats are allowed on Suttle Lake.
Blue Bay Campground offers standard sites that accommodate both tents and RVs, but no hookups are available. Picnic tables and campfire rings with grills are provided, as are vault toilets and drinking water.
Suttle Lake is surrounded by mixed conifer forest. Its waters are deep and clear, formed in a terminal moraine, deposited by glacial ice about 25,000 years ago.
Lake Creek flows eastward from Suttle Lake to the Metolius River. The clear, cold Metolius flows north from headwater springs through diverse coniferous forests and a volcanic landscape with extinct volcanoes, cinder cones, calderas and ancient lava flows.
Visitors can explore wilderness areas, lakes, reservoirs, wild and scenic rivers and approximately 1,600 miles of trails that comprise nearly 2.5 million acres within the Deschutes National Forest and the adjacent Ochoco National Forest.
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This campground sits next to Suttle Lake. It was a great campground that was a short walk to the lodge where there are water sports rentals, a camp store, and small deli. The spot was very large and could have fit a large group with lots of spots for multiple tents. The campground is a very popular one so reservations have to be made months in advance. I booked exactly 6 months before and all of the lake side spots were gone. The one con was the highway on the opposite side of the lake, which with it's down hill grade meant loud semi's, ambulance/police activity which went kind of late into the night. Also recommend getting firewood before getting to the campground bundles were twice as much as the bundles 12 miles away in Sisters. Overall great campground
What a gem! We stayed in the Blue Bay campground and thoroughly enjoyed our time. Each campsite was well designed and organized. The campsites adjacent to the lake are particularly unique (with the views and lake access) but all the campsites were great.
The Boathouse and Lodge provide a nice treat and escape from camp food, etc.
Canoes, kayaks, and bikes can be rented. Plenty of fun activities.
This is a lovely campground right on the shore of Suttle Lake. There is a boat launch, fish-cleaning station, and potable water (a great many spigots!). There two loops: sites 1-18 are in one loop (1-17 are reservable and 18 is the camp host); sites 19-25 are in the second loop (these are walk-up only). All are tent sites. There are two vault toilets -- one in each loop.
Campsites are spacious and each features a picnic table and large fire pit with two tall metal sides and hinged grill that can sit over the fire for cookin'. Sites have a good mix of shade and sunny spots. Lots of mosquitoes! Bring bug repellant!
There is a trail that circumvents the lake. Great for walking/jogging/biking. The lake is wonderful for boating and swimming. There are multiple lake access points along the trail and there is a dock on the SE side of the lake (there might be more but this is the only one I saw).
The only downside is the road noise. The highway runs along the lake and car sound travels across the water. Other than that, this campground was perfect.
One quick note about the toilets: they were exceptionally smelly when we went. I've used more vault toilets than I can count and the smell is never pleasant but this one was particularly foul-smelling. Not sure you can fault the campground for this, so I didn't factor it into my rating (it's possible that one person was responsible for this haha) but I got the impression that maybe they weren't emptied in a while. Could be good for the camp host to know. The toilet area, in general, was well-maintained and clean. No soap or hand sanitizer though so bring your own!
Overall, we had a really wonderful experience at Blue Bay. Would definitely go back.
Was able to find a first come first served site (looks like about half are reservable and half are not) at 10pm on a Friday.
Campsites we’re dead quiet, so if you’re a noisy camper/large group this is not your campground.
Very large sites right next to the Sutte Lake trail loop (3.6mi loop around the lake) and on the other side of the trail is the lake!
Only downside to the campground is the road noise. With a highway on the other side of the lake, there’s a constant white noise of cars.
Lots of groups with dogs. Lots of mosquitos and other reviews mentioned chipmunks, of which I’ve seen none yet.
We camped here for a weekend with a couple of friends and man, was it a great place! The lake was beautiful and we enjoyed going up to the lodge to rent canoes! We will definitely return here. It’s also about a 10 minute drive to sisters if you forget anything!
Campsites are spacious and most have lovely views of the lake. Suttle Lake lodge is nearby for amenities. There is a nice trail around the lake and the lake is great for kayaking and paddle boarding. There is some road noise from the highway but the view of the lake makes it all worthwhile. A camp host is on site and they have bundles of wood for sale. Potable water is available at spigots throughout the campground.
The campsite was great. My site was open with a big flat area for multiple tents and a long driveway. Being Oregon, it was pretty cool while we were there. Because of this, there was no swimming in the lake. However, we had quite the view! Be aware that there is a ridiculous amount of chipmunks here. It's not uncommon to have 4-5 running around your site at any given time. The bathroom could have been cleaner, but still a five star experience.
Blue Bay offers plenty for your weekend get away. It's the smaller campground on Suttle Lake, a popular boating, fishing, dog friendly day use area. The campground has clean vault toilets, attentive camp hosts on-site, drinking water, and fire wood for sale. The sites have little vegetation between each other, so they can feel a bit cramped. But they all seem to have good tables and fire pits. The campground sits at a higher elevation than the lake, so you're met with stunning views from the lake side spots, and paths to head down to the shore. There are many hidden nooks for launching your canoe, kayak or inner tube. And there's a waking/ biking path around the entire lake! Overall it's a great place if you're looking to stay busy! But if you're in search of a peaceful hideaway, this isn't quite it. We stayed in site 10, which (if you climb the hill) reveals a secret forested area for just you and your hammock…