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Coldwater Cove Campground

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This facility is now managed by Linn County Parks and Recreation.

This facility is now managed by Linn County Parks and Recreation.


USDA Forest Service

Willamette National Forest


This campground provides 34 campsites, 31 singles and 3 double, that accommodate vehicles 18 to 50 feet in length depending on site.__ No sites are directly on the shoreline of the lake, but several offer views of the lake.__ Drinking water is available at two handpumps, one in the campground and one in the boat launch area.__ There are four double vault toilets shared by both sites.__ The boat launch area includes a boat launch for canoes or small non-motorized crafts (no motors are allowed on the lake), a small fish cleaning station, and a picnic site.__ There is also an extra vehicle, or overflow, parking area.____ 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, hiking, canoeing and boating are popular activities.____ 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. This campground offers both reservable and FCFS campsites.____ Reservation may be made up to 6 months in advance of arrival date by reserving online at RECREATION. GOV or by calling 877-444-6777.


Clear Lake is popular for fishing, canoeing, kayaking and row boats. 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 nearby Clear Lake 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. There is a restaurant/lodge located nearby at Clear Lake Resort.____

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Nearby attractions include:__ Clear Lake for fishing, non-motorized rowboat use and hiking.__ Rowboats and Kayaks are available to rent at nearby Clear Lake Resort.__ Clear Lake is the head waters for the McKenzie River, and is renowned for its cold, clear water and preserved grove of underwater trees.__ __The McKenzie River National Scenic Trail is on one side of Clear Lake, and a connecting trail offers a loop hiking trail opportunity around the lake.__ Trails also connect the campground to short hikes to Sahalie and Koosah Falls, spectacular waterfalls located within a mile of the campground.__ Also, close in proximity, is the McKenzie Pass-Santiam Pass National Scenic Byway and Mt. Washington Wilderness.____

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11 Reviews

Reviewed Jul. 29, 2022

Nice and well maintained campground

Great campsites with fire pit and table. Nicely surrounded by forest. Clear lake is a nice lake for canoeing / kayaking. There is no beach. The boatramp is nice for small boats. It is a wood construction. Motorboats are not allowed on the lake. The csmphost is friendly and helpful. The site is fully booked in busy season.

Month of VisitAugust
Autumn O.
Reviewed Jul. 17, 2022

Clear water!

1000 upon 1000 year old trees growing IN the lake! The water is crystal clear and blue. Extremely clean restrooms, nice campgrounds, on the Mckenzie River! You can see down 35ft into the lake it’s so clear. Highly recommend!

Month of VisitAugust
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Jenn M.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2021


Large site. Plenty of spots to hang hammock. Site backed up to volcanic rock area. Kids had fun climbing on the rocks and huge trees. Lots to do nearby. We fit two tents and two cars at our site and had plenty of room. Couldn’t see neighbors.

Month of VisitOctober
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Coldwater Cove Campground is located in Oregon

Detail location of campground


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.


44.3638889 N
121.9888889 W

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