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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its crazy how pretty the view is.. we had a campsite on the lake it was by far one of the biggest campsite we saw. but its very windy spot.. the bathrooms are a good walk away. and the showers are in a different area, they are nice and hott. umm u cant buy firewood there u have to go up to the resort and its $6 a bundle. u can also rent boats.
I come to this campground every fathers day with my family since I was little. Even though you don't get cell service throughout most the lake, except on the lake, it always is a great place to unplug. Great views and fishing is amazing!
We stayed at this campground over Memorial Day weekend in a C loop single site, and there was no disappointment! The mosquitos were fairly tame, the water was pure and clean, other campers kept quiet and to themselves, and the facilities were above our expectations for a state-run campground. No shortage of large, flat spaces of soft ground in campsites all ready for tents. Only a two minute drive from the resort and store!
Seriously beautiful! We were in a tent, and I would recommend a trailer/camper if you have a waterfront spot like this one, as it gets very windy on this side of the lake in the afternoons, and extremely cold at night, even in the middle of summer.
This place has everything you could need. It's a 5 minute drive to the visitors center at majestic Crater Lake. Want to hike up to a mountain peak? The trailheads to both Mt Thielsen and Mt Bailey begin here. There is an 11-mile loop around Diamond Lake perfect for hiking or biking. The campground has a lodge/resort with a restaurant and a (lake) swimming area, water sports and amusements, and boats etc to rent for fun on the water. They also have a restaurant/store/laundromat at the other end of the campground. The only thing I'd add is a few small playgrounds scattered around.
Definitely a destination campground, not one to just pass through.
Well developed campground with just the right amenities. The hot shower water pressure was pretty amazing
I liked diamond lake because it was close to crater lake. We saw the stars at night, the Milky Way was amazing!! The next day we saw it during the day and it was also really cool seeing the blue water. Diamond lake was nice cause there is a big lake that you can go boating and fishing on; they have a really nice place to cut up ur fish. They also had a great please to swim and eat, and down the road there was a pizza place called south side pizza. All and all it was a very nice set up and a very nice place to stay with showers and bathrooms.
We stayed in loop H. I would stay in loop A or B because you are right next to the lake and the boat ramp. The site does fill up fast, so I would reserve a site.
we love this spot. we've camped here a few times on the way to crater lake and/or california. the lake is sweet and there's a lodge/store for perusing. the sites are nice and the campground is situated in a beautiful area so you can explore on foot. there are water craft rentals if you're into that. if you go early june it's likely you'll run into midge fly time. i think it's a one week infestation if i remember correctly. they don't bite but are a huge nuisance. i mean you will lose your mind trying to deal with them. we still find carcasses in our gear from time to time. during the summer smokey the bear comes around to teach the kids about fire danger. it's cute.
ps. photos are on my camera so i'll be back with some of those :)
The campsite was great, the views of the lake were stunning, minutes from crater lake NP. Be prepared to fend off mosquitoes if you're going in the summer! The showers and bathrooms were clean and well maintained.
We loved this spot. The sites are clean as are the bathrooms and showered. We liked how spread out the sites were from each other. Most of the sites are pretty close to the lake but you have to book early to get a site right on the water. There is a general store close by where you can get most anything you might forget and you can rent bikes, boats,canoes, kayaks or paddle boards. It was great having access to so many trails close to the campground and we went on several of them. The only draw back for us was the mosquitos. I highly recommend camping here just be prepared for the mosquitoes.
I spent 5 days tent camping here in a trailer spot. It was never crowded and extremely enjoyable. They do have a lodge and a place you can rent boats. If you pick a fight right along the water you very likely to see Eagles and other Wildlife early in the morning. I highly recommend Diamond Lake!