Shady Cove Campground

  

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Shady Cove Campground, located within the Opal Creek Scenic Recreation Area, offers visitors a primitive camping experience along the Little North Fork of the Santiam River. Numerous trails within a short distance of the campground offer scenic mountain vistas, waterfalls, and hikes through majestic old-growth forests. The campground is open all year, but access during the winter can be tricky due to snow. Early season (April and May) may provide a wet experience, but late season (September and October) is usually great times for camping.

At a Glance

Operational Hours:
  • Check-in time: 2:00 pm or later
  • Check-out time: 1:00 pm 
Reservations:
  • No Reservations. 
  • First-come, first-serve only. 
  • Campsite must be occupied every night paid. 
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets
Fees
  • Single Campsites - $8 per night
  • Multiple Campsites* - $16 per night
  • Extra Vehicles - $5 per vehicle, per night
*Multiple Campsites have two tables* 
  • Passes are required for the Little North Santiam Trail #3338 (located across the bridge from campground). Please use fee tube located at Shady Cove Campground
Open Season: All year
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Best Season: September
Busiest Season: July - August
Restrictions:
  • 7 day limit
  • ATVs use is only allowed to enter and leave the campground
  • Use of chainsaws in the campground is prohibited
  • Dogs MUST be on leash at all times within the campground
  • Target shooting is prohibited within the Opal Creek Scenic Recreation Area
Closest Towns:
  • Gates, Oregon (11.7 miles)
  • Mill City, Oregon (15.1 miles)
  • Mehama, Oregon (19.5 miles)
Water: None
Restroom: Vault Toilets (1)
Passes: Passes allow holder 50% off overnight fee*
  • Golden Age/Access Pass
  • Interagency Senior/Access/Military Pass
*Discount does NOT apply to extra vehicle fees*
Operated By: Willamette National Forest
Information Center: Detroit Ranger Station

General Information

Directions:

19.5 miles northeast of Mehama

From Salem, follow Highway 22 east to Mehama. At milepost 23 turn left on paved Little North Fork Road (next to the Oregon Department of Forestry building) and proceed for 16 miles to the Forest Boundary. Continue of gravel Forest Service Road #2209 for 1.5 miles to the intersection of Forest Service Road #2207. Turn right and continue another 2 miles to Shady Cove Campground on the right.


General Notes:

Campground Map

  • Garbage collection
  • NO water

Close to:

Read about camping rules, regulations and camping tips on our Camping Rules & Things to Know page.


Parking:

Parking is very limited. All vehicles parked at the campground must display a valid pass.


Activities


Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

  • Tent, auto, limited small trailer sites (maximum trailer length 16 feet)
Reservation InfoNo reservations. Sites are available on a first come, first served basis.
No. of Sites13
No. of Accessible sitesNone

Fishing

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Hiking

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Amenities

Camping trailer Up to 16 feet in length
Toilets Vault (1)
Picnic tables All sites have at least one table
Tent camping All sites accommodate tents