At an elevation of 1,604 ft., Southshore Campground is located on the south shore of Detroit Lake, a little west and south of Piety Knob Island. Campsites are surrounded by towering trees, creating a secluded atmosphere. Visitors enjoy exploring the area and discovering osprey hovering above or nesting in the trees. The campground lies in the Willamette National Forest, which stretches along the Cascade Range.
Detroit Lake is a popular destination for boating, jet skiing, swimming and fishing. Rainbow trout, Kokanee salmon and catfish are found in the lake. A boat ramp and dock are located next to the campground.
The campground offers 25 single and five double family campsites. There are vault toilets and drinking water onsite. Coin operated showers are available a mile away at Cove Creek.
In the day use area, there is about 1,000 ft. of shoreline. There is a dock for launching, loading and unloading only. There is no mooring allowed.
A mix of wooded and open sites are available, located a little further away from the busier portions of Detroit Lake. You'll find quiet camping on all but the busiest weekends. Detroit Lake covers 3,500 acres and is surrounded by groves of Douglas fir.
Additional hiking trails can be found across the lake, including those that lead to Dome Rock and Needle Rock. The town of Detroit is across the lake with hometown activities. The Cascading Rivers Bikeway is available for cyclists of all ages.
ADA Access: N
The campground is awesome, and site#17 was pretty good. The weather did not cooperate on this trip…which is Oregon. There is a big slope from the parking pad to the table/fire pit. There is a fairly flat open area for tents, and access to a small private"beach" on the lake. Very doable to get kayaks or paddle boards down.
Don't love when the table is between the fire pit and the view… sitting around the fire looking at your stuff is not why we camp with a view of water. Motorized boats allowed on the lake so not as peaceful as some other lakeside campgrounds.
Worth trying again:)
This is a great spot for mostly private sites with plenty of shade and close proximity to the water. Some sites have the parking spot up above the actual site and you have to walk down a short set of stairs to access. We were in spot 19 and this was the case but it wasn't a huge issue for us. The view from spot 19 made it absolutely worth it. There was a small/steep trail down to the water with a VERY rocky little beach next to the water. The water was a bit too rough for much water play with our 4 year old, but older kids and adults would likely enjoy some swimming and more water play. Plenty of trees for hanging hammocks and such as well. The bathroom was well stocked with tp and even had an air freshner. Would recommend.
A stunningly beautiful camp ground when the Detroit lake is not drawn down.
This is a very nice smaller camp ground its is the best for the south side of the lake in my opinion.
Sites are quite spacious though not very private.
The small walk in sites for smaller tents are much more private and have the greatest vews of the lake.
This is another busy summer time family campground but in the spring and fall its quiet and perfect for the solo camper.
There is water available and the hiosts have firewood.
Only bad thing is they close the gates at 10 PM..so be back from the Cedars Lounge in Detroit before then!
When I was asked if I wanted to go to Detroit lake, I thought we were going all the way to Michigan! But no this perfect little lake is a peaceful and fun filled getaway. Right in the heart of the Oregon state. Best used for swimming and enjoying friends company, it’s a bit of a drive but it’s so far out of the way, there’s no rush of the city anywhere. We will see you again Detroit Lake.
Tis a narrow campsite between blowout road and Detroit lake. There are several large pads for vehicles, but mainly tent sites, some of which you park near the road and make a short walk in. Not being able to camp near your car may not be a bonus for you, but this helps with the road noise and the sound of your neighbors pulling up in the middle of the night.
Dog friendly, bathrooms, portable water pump. Mainly reserve sites.
Detroit Lake campground is spacious with 6 different camping loops and lots of RVs and trailers. Main negative is the proximity of the back of each loop to a busy state highway.
The lake is very nice - we took our kayak out early evening and had a nice time. Most campers seem to bring speed boats and we saw a few sail boats.
Aim for a site close to the lake!
We were able to get a great spot right next to the water. Super quiet campground. This is my favorite spot on Detroit Lake.
Campsites right next to the water! Awesome for kids and adults lots of things to do!