Area Status: Open
On the western shore of Big Lake at the top of Santiam Pass, surrounded by alpine fir, hemlock and lodgepole pine, campers enjoy views of the lake with the beautiful Mt. Washington as a backdrop. Big Lake Campground offers about 30 spacious campsites for tent or RV camping. Drinking water, vault toilets and a boat ramp are provided. This campground is a hub of activity during the summer months. Big Lake is very popular for both motorized and non-motorized boating.
The campground is located adjacent to the Santiam Pass Motorized Recreation Area (area is unavailable) and is a popular campground for OHV enthusiasts.
Nearby Patjens Lakes Trail offers easy access to the Mt. Washington Wilderness.
At a Glance
||McKenzie River Ranger District: OPEN 5/27/2016 - 10/09/2016
||Reserve online at www.recreation.gov or phone 1.877.444.6777 (from May 27 - September 10, 2016) From September 11-October 9, 2016, sites are first-come first serve.
||Accessible,Boat ramp,Toilets,Drinking water
||Single Campsites - $22 per night
Extra Vehicles - $7 per vehicle, per night
Day Use - $7 per vehicle, per day
||5/27/2016 - 10/09/2016
- 14 day limit
- Maximum trailer length 35 feet
- New regulations are in effect for the Santiam Pass Summer Motorized Recreation Area (area is unavailable).
- OHV use in the campground is strictly prohibited for any purpose other than entering or leaving the campground.
Golden Age/Access Pass and Interagency Senior/Access Pass allow holder 50% off overnight fee* *Discount does NOT apply to extra vehicle fees or multiple campsites. No passes honored for day use fees.
||American Land & Leisure
||McKenzie River Ranger Station
From McKenzie Bridge, OR, travel east on Highway 126 for 29.5 miles to Santiam Pass. Turn, heading south on Big Lake Road #2690.
Follow Big Lake Road for 3 miles to Big Lake Campground on the north side of Big Lake.
Big Lake & Big Lake West Campgrounds Map
Read about camping rules, regulations and camping tips on our Camping Rules & Things to Know page.
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