Meandering along most of the east shore of the mile-high Diamond Lake, this large campground boasts spectacular views of both Mount Bailey and Mount Thielsen, and offers visitors abundant recreational opportunities.
At an elevation of 5,183 feet, Diamond Lake provides outdoor enthusiasts with a multitude of recreational opportunities year-round. The area offers a scenic backdrop for swimmers braving its cold, refreshing waters, and anglers casting a lines from boat or shoreline. Rainbow trout thrive in the lake, as it is stocked annually with 300,000 fingerlings. Bicyclists will enjoy riding on the 11-miles of paved trail around the lake, while hikers can head out for the day on one of many trails leaving from the area. Interpretive programs are offered on Saturday evenings at the campground amphitheater.
This large campground has 238 sites, including double and standard sites, able to accommodate tents, RVs and trailers; 189 sites are reservable, and the rest are available on a first-come first-serve basis. Sites are equipped with picnic tables, campfire rings, grills, drinking water and flush toilets. Access to Diamond Lake is within walking distance, and boat ramps and fish cleaning stations are accessible to visitors. The gatehouse is staffed daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and campground hosts are on-site to answer questions.
Explosive geologic events have shaped the distinctive landscape on the 984,602-acre Umpqua National Forest, and the area provides spectacular scenery as well as an abundance of natural and cultural resources. The translation of the word, "Umpqua," meaning "thundering waters," defines the area. High mountain lakes, heart-stopping rapids, peaceful ponds and thundering waterfalls, including the 272-foot Watson Falls on the North Umpqua Highway, are available to visitors. Several designated wilderness areas provide opportunities undisturbed solitude. Encompassing 19,100 acres, Boulder Creek Wilderness is an incredible landscape, with dense old growth forests and steep terrain that tower above Boulder Creek. The most popular area in Boulder Creek is Pine Bench. This flat area overlooking Boulder Creek is home to a grove of old growth Ponderosa pines. Diverse ecosystems support a wide range of habitat for wildlife common to the area. From eagles and owls, to salamanders and salmon, these species, along with many others, depend on surrounding undeveloped wilderness, clean streams, and diverse forests to live.
Access to Diamond Lake is within walking distance, and boat ramps and fish cleaning stations are accessible to visitors. A nearby resort offers bicycle, boat and horse rentals as well as lodging, restaurants, a grocery store, laundry facilities and fuel. Trails for hiking and mountain biking are within 10 miles of the campground. Visitors may want to take some time to visit nearby Crater Lake National Park, the only national park in Oregon! The amazing Crater Lake area offers a glimpse into the volcanic history of the area. The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), one of the world's premier National Scenic Trails, showcases some of North America's most fantastic scenery, winding its way its way from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon and Washington, and is accessible near the campground.
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Huge campsite but it doesn’t feel that way when you are at your site. The sites by the lake appeared to be much larger than the ones further up the hill.
Thankfully we had two sites because on the map, it looked like both sites had a pull through area for cars, but the first one had “parking” which was just an enlarged shoulder on the narrow road going through the loop which would not have fit a Prius, let alone our two SUV’s. Just beware the campground map can be a little misleading!
Great campground with plenty of amenities (showers, water stations, market). We stayed at site A039 for 4 days, the site was at the tail end of the campground but provided us with privacy from others and a beautiful view of Diamond Lake to wake up to. There is a market walking distance from camp if you follow the bike path where you can buy ice, firewood, camping/fishing accessories and groceries. One downside to the campsite we found was that our site was a bit too close to the main road.
Otherwise, this is a great place to stay if you are looking to visit Crater Lake but don't want to stay at their campgrounds.
If I had to choose my favorite time of year to camp at Diamond Lake I guess it would have to be Winter.
For many years my family rented a cabin a year in advance and we stayed there from December 23- January 2 with a very large group of our friends.
It was totally luxurious!
You can also rent a hotel room there.
Going down the inner tube slide was a blast, also hanging out in the lodge getting warmed by the fire.
They also have a huge market on site - almost like a mini Department store. You can buy warm clothing and other supplies there.
Fishing is kind of a big deal at Diamond also- which we did as a family.
I remember riding a snow mobile to this Pizza Chalet and getting hot pizza in the middle of nowhere!!
Such a cool place. Definitely going there this winter to play in the snow ❄️ ⛄️
I better reserve now !!!!
Some of the sites are right next to the lake are spectacular. The ones closer to the road are noisy. Dump and fill site available.
We had a tent spot next to the lake. Was pretty buggy. Close to our neighbors but still had some privacy.
The views are wonderful. It’s quiet and clean. The showers are great. There aren’t really any paths to the bathrooms so you feel like your walking through others camps. But if you stay on the roads you can get everywhere.
Nice campground near Diamond Lake. There is a resort, swimming, bike path, fishing. It’s not too far from Crater Lake, and awesome waterfalls down highway 138.
Enjoy the outdoors.
We stayed one night on August 17 through August 18, 2019, in campsite A5, the overnight cost was$24, there was no electrical or water service). The site was level, only needed 2 inch lift to level left side. The campground is at an elevation of 5180 ft.
Access to the campground was right off hwy 138, which is a few miles from the north entrance to Crater Lake. Our 28 ft travel trailer easily fit with room to spare in our site. Once we enter the campground, the asphalt pavement surrounds the campsites as we drove directly to our campsite, each campsite pad also asphalt. Weather was sunny upper 80's, the nights low 40's.
This is a very quite campground, there was no noise from main road entering the campground. Activities we enjoyed at the campground to keep busy was hiking and moutain biking. The restroom was a couple spaced down from our campsite. The free showers were also easy to find and had great water pressure. The lake is very nice, smooth water and a few mosquitos, but not that bad.
My wife and I enjoyed the campground, we will stay again next time we travel to Crater Lake, Oregon.
Two weekends after Labor Day we arrived without reservations at the campground where we enjoyed a lakeside site. This is a beautifully located, well maintained campground. Hot showers are available on an honor system; donate for the time under the spray.