Located near the McKenzie Pass, Lava Camp Lake Campground offers access to the Mt. Washington and Three Sisters Wilderness and is near the Pacific Crest Trail.
This is a small CG right off the McKenzie hwy. Road 900 to the CG can be rough. The CG has 12 sites, some drive in as well as walk in sites. Sites have the standard picnic table and fire pit. Pit toilet was in ok condition. Mosquitos are in issue at least this time of year. Bring bug spray. The CG is also at some elevation so it might be cooler depending when you are there. Lava Camp Lake is small but it has fish and its would be a great place to bring the family. You will need a wilderness permit. One thing about this CG is it is right off a spur that connects to the PCT so I suspect there might be some thru hikers there later in the season. The parking area for the trailhead next door wasn't but there were quite a few cars there. Good place to jump off for the Dee Wright Observatory, Obsidian Trail, Mathieu Lakes or Black Crater.
I loved campng here this summer.
Its free and the road is pretty rough, but i managed to get the old beater Grand Caravan up there..carefully but it can be done.
Like others have said there was a major wild fire run right through the area, but its beginning to recover.
The 2 bests spots with magnificent views over the lake are at the very top of the campground.
You can easily walk around the small lake , its an easy comfortable hike.
Talking about hikes one of the main entry points the the PCT is just don from the camp ground..most weekends in the summer there is a lot of activity there
We eagerly returned for a day trip only to find out that this area and much of the east side of McKenzie pass devastated by last summers horrible fires! 3 of the 11 campsites are destroyed, gone. Others are being repaired. It Will be years before area has recovered.
Lake and camp are great! If you can get there!
This campground makes a great jumping off point for a load of the trails in the area. Super close to the pct. very buggy in July. If the idea of hiking into a campsite is daunting, this would make a good home base
The campground is right on the PCT and near the McKenzie Pass. Stayed there to meet up with a friend who was through hiking the PCT and it was a great place to meet up and bring her food!