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Detroit Lake State Recreation Area

28 Reviews

About This Campground

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…


For Campers

  • Market
  • ADA Access
  • Trash
  • Picnic Table
  • Firewood Available

For Vehicles

  • Sanitary Dump
  • Sewer Hookups
  • 30 amp Hookups
  • Water Hookups
  • Max Length: 60 ft.


  • Drive In
    Park next to your campsite
  • Walk In
    Park in a lot, walk to your campsite
  • Hike In
    Hike a trail to your campsite
  • Boat In
    Boat to your campsite


28 Reviews of Detroit Lake State Recreation Area

Ratings Breakdown

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CThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2021

Beautiful lakefront camping, close to highway

The Detroit Lake campsite is really nice because it is right on the water, with an incredible view of Mt. Jefferson on a clear day. It is worth noting that the water level here fluctuates quite a bit, and if you visit in late summer or early fall, the lake level is usually so low that it is not…

  • Dry season at Detroit Lake, Copyrighted by Christian Murillo Photography
  • Copyrighted by Christian Murillo Photography
  • Mount Jefferson over Detroit Lake, Copyrighted by Christian Murillo Photography
Laura K.
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2020

Crowded, Noisy, Lack of Privacy, Beautiful Lake

This campground is best suited for boaters and fishermen.  You can pull your boat up to the shore, close to the campsites.  They sell firewood and ice.  Restrooms not too clean.  No privacy.  Don’t camp near the highway or it’s pretty noisy at night.

Reviewed Oct. 27, 2020

Beautiful Lake Campground

Had a wonderful time tent camping here with our 4 month old baby. Great place to cool off on hot summer days. Love the trail that goes around the lake!

**Might have been affected by fires in September 2020**


Detroit Lake State Recreation Area is located in Oregon


Detroit Lake is located 50 miles East of Salem, Oregon. To reach the lake, take Hwy 22 East exit from I-5 at Salem. The town of Detroit is located on the East end of the lake.


44.71042389 N
122.22037675 W

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