South Shore Campground is located along Suttle Lake, shaded by Douglas fir and Ponderosa pine. One section of the camp sits on the shoreline, while the other is nestled on a hillside.
Most sites have lake views. The 3,400-foot elevation and the lake breezes make South Shore Campground a comfortable summertime destination.
There is a boat launch available at this camp. Popular activities include power and non-motorized boating, sailing, water skiing and wind surfing.
Anglers can fish for rainbow trout, kokanee salmon and brown trout, and there is a fish cleaning station on-site. Hikers and mountain bikers have access to the 3.2-mile Suttle Lake Shoreline Trail.
Each site has a gravel parking spur, picnic table and campfire ring. Dump stations are dispersed through the campground.
Drinking water and vault toilets are provided.
Nestled along the Cascade Mountains, the Deschutes National Forest is one of the most popular recreation forests in the Pacific Northwest. It offers a variety of landscapes, from fields of sagebrush and hay to old-growth forests and glacier-carved volcanic peaks.
Suttle Lake is a natural lake formed by glaciers. It has a forested shoreline and offers views of nearby Mt. Washington.
The town of Sisters is about 15 miles away, offering shopping and restaurants.
ADA Access: N
This campground is a bit tough at the moment as it is all first-come first-served and sites fill up early in the week. There were also a number of sites that were being squatted on leading into the holiday (10 days after we were there). So empty sites with a few belongings and no people…while others were driving around hoping for an empty site. Easy trailer/RV parking, as it's just roadside above the site. A bit of a slope down, so don't forget your headlamp!
That aside, site 17 is fantastic. Right on the lake, huge, great access to the water as well as the trail to the lodge. Easy drive to the Tamolitch Falls/Blue Pool trailhead.
This lake allows motorized boats so it's not as peaceful as some others during the day. Road noise from highway 20 is very present 24 hours per day.
Very Large sites and plenty of room between individual sites. Vault bathrooms, docks and fish cleaning stations. Exactly what we needed to social distance. Highly recommended if you can find a spot. It pays to reserve well in advance.
This is a very pretty medium-sized lake. The sites are fairly large and well spaced, so you don't feel too cramped. There's an easy 4-mile trail around the lake, right at the water's edge most of the time.
We were attending the Sisters Folk Festival, so we were mostly at our site for sleeping and breakfast. It would be a good central point for exploring the Metolius River area and for hiking.
The campground was clean and generally well-maintained. A few drawbacks: There's no electricity for RVs, so several had generators coming on and off. There are also not clearly marked paths to the vault toilets, so you feel like you're walking through other people's sites. Our site was along the rim, so we had nobody walking through.
Overall, we had a nice experience.
This midsized Campground was awesome for everything we needed! It was quiet (except the highway slightly in the distance) and very dark. Stars were amazing!
Stayed here 20 years ago. Canoe around the lake and landed some fish.
Great spot for family camping! We had spot 13, right on the lake, but the sites are actually above the lake. There was a staircase down to the trail that goes around the whole lake. My kids and I biked around the lake on the trail (a little narrow in spots, would have been a better walk or run), which was beautiful. The sites are pretty close together, but still good sized. We could see and hear neighbors on both sides, and could hear some road noise from across the lake. All in all a nice place!
It's a great lake for fishing, skiing or just rolling around in a raft. Some spots are too close together with not enough brush between, so you're right on top of your neighbors. but the other ones are really good with lots of room for families. We normally get a spot right on the lake so we can tie the boat up there and just walk down and go. Make sure you take sunscreen and bug repellent.
We have been going here for years, love it… it's great for family's and reunions as there is a big circle we call "the pit" where 7-8 trailers can group camp! There is water available, no electricity but hey, who needs it? With a view of the beautiful lake and an nice well kept trail which to walk around it, about 3miles and some change. First thing every morning after coffee!!
Great campground but you can hear the road no matter where you are camped.