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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Our first dry camping trip! We got water and sewer dump a couple of miles south of the turnoff from I-5 @ the Fairgrounds for $5. Space #9 was a bit short for the 27' trailer and FJ Cruiser, so we'd do a longer spot next time, but definitely on the river side…LOVED being right next to the river, and able to walk right to it from our campsite, plus hear it all night/day. Chloe (our yellow lab) was in doggie heaven! Disc golf kinda stunk because the course was being revised, and signs weren't updated yet. RV sites were in the process of being put in (this was in summer of 2015), but they were away from the river. We rate it an 8.
You can book this campground ahead of time with recreation.gov. I wanted to book at Crater Lake, but because the national park only has 2 campgrounds inside the park, I ended up booking at Diamond Lake, which was only 20 minutes away!
Loved our campsite. We booked site H021, which was close to restrooms, a water spiget, and a short walk to the water. The amenities were clean! The only problem we had were bees at our site when cooking, but besides that I'd come back!
Just visited last weekend. People were great, quiet time was respected. Clean - nice showers and bathrooms! Loved the location, well marked on roads so easy to get to even in the dark. Lake was super pretty. Cold at night so bring your layers. The only thing that was disappointing was that they didn't have an option to recycle so we had to bring home all of our garbage which is not idea. Other than that, I HIGHLY recommend it!
Great location for seeing Crater Lake, campsite was right next to the water on Diamond Lake which, was beautiful. General store is just up the road for any provisions that are needed. Lots of activities on the lake, fishing, kayaking, canoeing. Amenities were clean and well taken care of. Would definitely go back!
This is a great place to camp. I've been there twice. My first time it couldn't have been better. Great sites, a gorgeous view of Mt. Bailey, and clean bathrooms and showers. The second time however, the bugs decided to come out and between the gnats and the mosquitos, being outside the tent was not much fun. I'll definitely be back, but will be armed with much more bug spray next time.
This campground is absolutely the best! Close to Crater lake and so much more. Get a site next to the water and life is grand, minus the mosquitoes. Those jerks are super bad. Fourth of July they have fireworks over the lake and skiers ski down the mountain with flares in their hands to start the show. Book as soon as possible on January first 12:01 am to get anything good for a whole year out.