Ice Cap Campground is 17 miles east of the McKenzie River Ranger Station on Hwy 126. It sits on a bench above the McKenzie River and Carmen Reservoir. However, the river is not visible from the campground. It is shaded by big, beautiful conifers.
The McKenzie River National Recreation Trail is a hiking and biking destination. The McKenzie Wild & Scenic River is well known for boating and fishing as are Carmen Reservoir, Fish Lake and Clear Lake. There is a 3 mile loop trail to Koosah Falls and Sahalie Falls.
Ice Cap offers 22 campsites with 9 that are walk-in tent sites. The other 13 can accommodate either tents or RVs. Each site has a fire ring and picnic table. There are vault toilets, firewood for sale, and a host onsite.
Located in central Oregon in the Willamette National Forest along the McKenzie Pass-Santiam Pass National Scenic Byway. Koosah and Sahalie Falls are readily accessible from the campground.
This area of the Willamette National Forest is a destination spot for hiking, biking, fishing, and water sports. A boat ramp and lake access are within one mile, and hot springs, river access and a non-motorized boat ramp are within ten miles. Visitors also enjoy the views along the National Scenic Byway.
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This is a decent campground very clean with new tables, fire pits and newer clean vault toilets but there is not a lot of privacy between the sites!
We stayed in site 17, it’s a big site but had zero privacy. I feel 16/17 would make a great double site (see photo). “Hike in” sites seemed to be stacked on top of each other but a few did have good views of the reservoir. The Carmen reservoir is closed to the public until 2021. The campground is in a great location, has wonderful access to trails and close to Clear Lake. Trails are kid friendly and didn’t take long to see both waterfalls.
Site 20 seemed to be the best site! Site 20/21 seemed to have the most privacy. 21 has stairs down to it and is slanted, can’t fit more than a 5/6 person tent but it is right on the creek and very peaceful! Site 19 looked okay too, a little private with lots of tent space but it’s directly across from the camp host.
Friendly and knowledgeable camp hosts. Vault toilet, mix of tent sites including some walk-ins that are up against the reservoir- you can hear the peaceful running water all day and night. Brand new picnic tables, brand new fencing, and excellent trails. Perfect mix of sun and shade for many of the sites. We stayed at 15 and I can’t wait to go back. Very spacious sites can hold multiple tents of all sizes. Beautiful drive to and from campgrounds- the McKenzie River area is definitely worth exploring!
I’ll add more soon. Most sites are awesome. #17-21 are the best.
This is by far the best fishing that I have done - ever! Clean lake which the McKenzie River feeds into!
I stayed in one of the tent only sites and it was lovely, nice fire pit, newish looking table. My only complaint is that those staying in the tent only sites further back from mine seemed to think the trail was through my campsite. When I go back I will select a tent site further to the back for greater privacy and a better view. There are also sites for campers. Toilets were very clean and well maintained vault style. There are water pumps but I was not clear if that was potable water and the pumps looked difficult to operate, I carried in my own so I didn't test them out.