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About Cold Water Cove

Cold Water Cove Campground offers stunning views of turquoise-colored Clear Lake and 3,000-year-old lava fields, making it an ideal location. On clear days, visitors can catch a glimpse of the Three Sisters and Mount Washington. Fishing, canoeing and boating are popular activities.


Clear Lake is popular for fishing, canoeing and boating. Anglers cast for brook, rainbow and cutthroat trout. Power boating is not permitted, which makes for calm waters. A boat ramp and fish cleaning station are located in the campground. Boat rentals are available at an adjacent resort. The McKenzie River National Recreation Trail passes through the campground and runs along Clear Lake. The trail stretches 26 miles and is open to hikers and mountain bikers.


The campground offers single and double-family campsites. Each site is equipped with a picnic table and campfire ring. Vault toilets, trash collection and drinking water are provided. No hookups are available. A general store and restaurant are located at the resort next door.

Natural Features

The campground sits at the south end of the lake at an elevation of 3,100 feet. A mix of maple, alder and Douglas fir trees cover the area. Some sites have limited views of the lake, and all sites have privacy from neighboring campers. Cold Water Cove sits in the midsection of the Cascades mountain range.

Nearby Attractions

The campground is near the Big Lake Trail Area, as well as Sahalie Falls and Koosah Falls. The falls are impressive sights, with foaming water gushing over two thick flows of ancient lava.

ADA Access: N

$20.99 - $40.08
National Forest
Drive In
Walk In
Boat In
ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
Pets Allowed
Picnic Table
Sanitary Dump
No Showers
Trash Available
Cold Water Cove is located in Oregon
44.3639 N
-121.9889 W
Get Directions
From Eugene, Oregon, take I-105 east to McKenzie Highway 126. Travel east on 126 for 55 miles to McKenzie Bridge. From McKenzie Bridge,OR, travel east on Highway 126 for 18 miles to the Clear Lake Area. Before reaching Clear Lake, turn right on Forest Road 770, heading northeast 1 mile to Coldwater Cove Campground at the end of the road.
6 Reviews of Cold Water Cove
Love Clear Lake

This is an excellent campground on Clear Lake. Site#17 was a double site(unbeknownst to us, and bigger than what we needed), and has a good view of the lake. There is accessibility to the lake, but it's down a steep lava rock path. You may be able to navigate a paddle board through it, but it almost killed us to schlep 2 55lb kayaks down and back. The boat ramp is a distance, so unless you have carts for board/kayak, or want to drive around, it's not the easiest water access. It gave us a good story, however, and luckily no major injuries:) 

Was a bit windy so a hard paddle and the water was not as clear, but still awesome overall. GREAT view of Neowise once the sun actually went down(midnight?!).


Nice private sites in the trees with a few having lake views. Beautiful hike around the lake.

Great Site, Better Lake

Nicely kept campgrounds with all of the amenities/accommodations you’d expect. The lake itself is gorgeous with turquoise-blue water - imagine the Caribbean meets the PNW. Overall a great place to set up camp with tons of recreation in the area.

Awesome Campground for Lava Viewing

This is a really neat place to camp. It's situated on the east side of Clear Lake, which formed when a lava flow dammed the McKenzie River. The campground is actually built on the lava flow, so it's really cool for checking out rocks. The campground is right off a highway, so it's easily accessible, but isn't near the road so traffic noise isn't bad. The campground itself is pretty large and popular on the weekends, so reserve a spot early or avoid it if you don't like crowds. There is a decent amount of space and vegetation between sites, so you don't feel too crowded.

Great for boating and hiking

Clear Lake is absolutely gorgeous with its crystal clear water. Not ideal for swimming as the temperatures sit around 50 degrees year-round, but non-motorized boats are welcome. There are row boats available for renting at reasonable prices at the other end of the lake. The campground has easy access to the trail leading around the lake. The nearest town (Sisters) is about a half hour away, and then another 30ish minutes to Bend/Redmond, all of which provide plenty of activities. In general, the entire area is filled with plenty of outdoor activities to keep you busy!

First to Review
Views, wildlife and fun!

We snagged a great campsite that is just as you enter the grounds on the left. Multi level campsite, easy to access the trail that goes around the lake, a beautiful clear lake that hides a forest underneath, volcanic rock, row boat rentals, cafe and easy access from Portland.

Our first camping trip since moving to Oregon and we were impressed! There are primitive toilets, potable water, trash facilities and a community environment. The hosts of the campground were friendly and helpful.

We look forward to staying here again!