ALERT: Due to stream restoration work, Soda Creek Campground is closed through October 2016.
This campground is next to Soda Creek near Sparks Lake, and provides fishing and hiking opportunities. There are limited sites that are a better fit for smaller vehicles or tent camping. There are beautiful views of South Sister Mountain in the majority of the sites.
At a Glance
Per night, per site fee: $10/first vehicle; $5/each additional vehicle.
Maximum site spur length is 30 feet. No motorboats on Sparks Lake.
Soda Creek is one of the first campgrounds that you come to when coming to the Cascade Lake area by going past Mt. Bachelor. It is popular for those who want to hike into the Sisters Wilderness from the east side or for those going around Broken Top to the Three Creeks area. There is also an interesting wetlands area (Soda Creek) around the campground. The area is mostly sunny and a great spot for those camping with little kids since there are few dangers about. The creek is shallow, the area is wide open, yet there are fun places to play.
Sparks Lake was created when lava flows blocked the creek. Interesting formations surround the lake, and the water makes strange noises as it drains out through the lava. A short hiking trail crosses the lava and connects the two sections of the lake.