Hoover Campground rests on the shores of the sparkling Detroit Lake. The area is covered with towering trees, making for secluded, peaceful camping spots. Visitors enjoy fishing, boating on the lake, and hiking on the Stahlman Point Trail.
Sailing, boating, water skiing and fishing are all excellent options for enjoying Detroit Lake. Catfish, rainbow trout and Kokanee salmon are among the most common species found in the lake. A convenient boat ramp is in the campground. Several hiking trails dot the area, including Stahlman Point Trail, which offers beautiful vistas of Detroit Lake and the surrounding area. The Hoover Nature Trail is a short footpath that delights many campers.
This campground has 35 standard sites, with 21 reservable, and 1 reservable group site. An interpretive trail and an accessible viewing and fishing platform are part of the campground. Each site has a campfire ring and picnic table. Flush toilets are available at the campground and the group campground has a vault toilet. Access roads are made from compacted rock and dirt. Firewood can be purchased on-site. 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.
Hoover sits among Douglas fir and maple trees and large ferns at an elevation of 1,600 feet. The campground is located in the North Santiam Travel Corridor of Willamette National Forest. The forest covers 1.6 million acres on the western slopes of the Cascade Mountains.
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I really enjoy this campground. Has an actual bathroom, very clean. The Camp host was very nice and had firewood to buy. Our campsite was flat and large, enough room for large tents.
Great location large campsites. Some sites have trails right down to the lake. Close to great day use area with boat launch, and fishing dock.
Very nice and quiet! Close to the lake and far away from craziness. Sites are nice but close together.
We stayed at site 10 over Labor Day weekend and loved it! Cost - $22 and $5 for an additional vehicle. You can walk up or reserve the sites by phone. However, we normally walk up and are lucky with finding what we need last minute.
The tent sites are large, but you can definitely hear and see your neighbors through the brush. There is quite a walk to the bathrooms from our site, but the trails are well labeled. The bathrooms are “prison toilets” with cold water sinks, and do not have lights nor soap. It is a BYOS - soap or sanitizer. This is why I gave it a 4.
This site is attached to a beautiful Hoover Day Use area that charges $5 for day use. The Hoover Day use area has a large dock to walk/fish on, a boat ramp, and lots of space for parking, picnicking, and fishing. The lake was 75 degrees this summer - so plan for blue gill not trout or salmon.
overall a great experience! We had originally planned to put a 2nd tent on 1 site but ended up paying for a separate site because they couldn't quite fit 2 tents, although there seemed to be a lot of variation across the campground in site size.
There were a lot of campers, but it seemed quiet and private because of the dense trees.
It was a few minute walk down to the lake, but it wasn't a very nice spot for swimming or hanging out.
In August the lake was low so the banks were muddy. we had a few dogs with us so they had fun playing but we would have gone to another spot on the lake if we wanted to swim.
we had the opportunity recently to stay two nights at Hoover campground on lake Detroit, it’s a primitive CG with flush toilets, no soap in restrooms and lacking showers. The CG was occupied by some unruly teans with dogs they could not control. They also did not respect quiet times and made for sleepless nights. The north Santium river enters the lake here and one of the highlights was watching the Ospreys fish. This site does not have RV hookups, come prepared to do some “dirt camping”.
This is a great campground along a tributary of Detroit Lake. There is a little road noise from hwy 22, but it's across the water, and not too bad. The views from some of the sites (like ours) was awesome.
There's a great boat ramp and a couple of docks to hang out, fish, and jump in the water.
Camped there the second week of June, so weather is iffy. It did rain a couple times, but the fishing and off road trails and exploring are always great. This is always a go to spot for me in the summer!
This campground is really cool and has great views of the lake, but it's a madhouse during the summer. Massive campers or big trucks pulling boats are at every site and there's dozens of kids running around. If you've got a family and toys it's a great place, but avoid it if you are looking for solitude. Lastly there is good cell reception, which is really rare in the area.