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Shady Cove Campground

4 Reviews

About This Campground

National Forest

Willamette National Forest

Shady Cove Campground, located within the Opal Creek Scenic Recreation Area, offers visitors a primitive camping experience along the Little North Fork of the Santiam River. Numerous trails within a short distance of the campground offer scenic mountain vistas, waterfalls, and hikes through…

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Site Types

  • Tent Sites
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  • Trash
  • Picnic Table
  • Toilets
  • Fires


4 Reviews of Shady Cove Campground

Ratings Breakdown

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Kelly N.
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2018

Beautiful day use area on Odell lake

This site is 5-10 minutes away from Princess Creek Campground and near Blue Pools campground. It does not have WiFi access, and the sites are walk-in. A national forest pass is required to use the day use area. There is plenty of parking for trailers, boats and extra cars at this site and it has a…

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Month of VisitSeptember
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2018

A Peaceful Bliss

This area is within an old-growth forest, magnificently quiet yet loud with rushing water and hawks above you. The campground is on a first-come first serve basis so make sure you research a second campground nearby or are willing to sleep in a car for a night or two as there are no…

  • My happy place: on a boulder surrounded by a bubbling river on both sides.
  • Tallest trees around.
  • Hammock heaven listening to the wilderness.
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Month of VisitJuly
Ryan K.
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2017

Great place to cool off in the summer

Had a great time at Shady Cove. This review is for site 11 specifically. Perfect spot on the river with shade and privacy around. The other spots are pretty open to eachother, but 11 and 12 are more hidden. Vault toilets and no drinking water, but we brought plenty and my morning coffee was fine…

  • Site #11
  • River view
Month of VisitSeptember


Shady Cove Campground is located in Oregon


18.5 miles northeast of Mehama, Oregon. From Salem, Oregon, travel east on State Highway 22 to Mehama. At milepost 23, turn left (north) onto Little North Fork Road (next to the Oregon Department of Forestry building) and proceed for 15.3 miles to the Forest Boundary. Continue of gravel, FS Road 2209 for 1.3 miles to the intersection of FS Road 2207. Turn right and continue another 1.9 miles to Shady Cove Campground on the right.


44.84615853 N
122.29912497 W

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