Great location, beautiful!

The site is located between the reservoir and south twin lake. Great location, easy access to water, fishing.

First to Review
Control Lake Cabin- amazing!

Control Lake Cabin- you have to take a boat (small rowboat) from the road to the cabin. It's secluded and great for a group of people to get away.

Easy access with kids

Up off the river, up the Lostine Canyon. Quite a hike to the river was the downside. Quiet- only 2 campsites. Primitive. Pic Nic table.

Quiet wooded campground, walk to lake

We stayed on the southeast side of the lake, in a quiet campground. Lots of trees and wooded area. Only one other person in the campground. Spent the day at Crater Lake, but no camping, so this was nearby, and much more serene.

Beautiful River view, noisy highway

We camped along the river on a rocky edge. It was beautiful, serene, great for fishing. The highway was not far and the noise of the cars was loud…..but the view was great.

Beautiful Alaska campground

Stayed at the Signal Creek Campground, next to Ward Lake. Gorgeous lake, great trail around the lake to walk (Easy for kids to do with you). Dog friendly. Places around the lake to see wildlife and scenery.

Campground was near the main road, so a bit noisy for Alaska…..but quiet overall.

Campground near the beach

Drive up camping. A bit crowded, but right on the beach. Easy walk to the beach.

Popular and Beautiful

The views of Mt. Hood are amazing from this lake. Spent the day in a canoe, exploring the lake. Stayed in one of the yurts, which would have been better if it was away from the tent camping. Neighbors were a bit close. After exploring we did see that there were many sites that were more private…next time we will reserve those. You can rent boats, canoes, etc, and there is a store that has anything you would need. Very nice staff.

Hidden gem

This KOA campground is so reasonably priced in a very expensive area to stay. The campground has a river right along it. And cabins as an option to stay in. The cabins were quaint, clean, and had electricity. Public bathrooms and showers were all kept up and clean. Super friendly and helpful people. We would definitely stay here again. And, they welcomed our dog with us.

Remove and private

This campground is off the beaten path, but still accessible by car. It was private, quiet, and has a small part of the river easily accessible. Great place to camp with kids. Lots of room to run without getting lost, trails to walk.


Such a great place to get away. The cabin has been redone recently. Spacious, private, secluded beaches. Hammock for relaxation and plenty of beach to comb! Only accessible by boat, so you can see visitors coming.

Our summer tradition

We have visited Cottonwood Canyon for the past 2 summers, and will likely return again this year. It's quiet, beautiful and plenty to do. The John Day River is easily accessible and swimmable just down from the campsite. It's great to fish, float, or hike the trails nearby. We have enjoyed both our trips so much.