Big Lake Campground

Area Status: Open
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Big Lake West Campground

The campground lies on the western shore of Big Lake at the top of Santiam Pass and is a hub of activity during the summer months.

Big Lake is very popular for both motorized and non-motorized boating. Campers enjoy views of the lake with the beautiful Mt. Washington as a backdrop.  The campground is surrounded by alpine fir, hemlock and lodgepole pine. 

The campground is located adjacent to the Santiam Pass Motorized Recreation Area and is a popular campground for OHV enthusiasts.  

Nearby Patjens Lakes Trail offers easy access to the Mt. Washington Wilderness

At a Glance

Reservations: Reserve online at or phone 1.877.444.6777
Area Amenities: 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
Open Season: 5/27/2016
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: OHV use in the campground is strictly prohibited for any purpose other than entering or leaving the campground.
Water: Yes
Passes: Passes allow holder 50% off overnight fee*
  • Golden Age/Access Pass
  • Interagency Senior/Access Pass
*Discount does NOT apply to extra vehicle fees or multiple campsites*
  • No passes honored for day use fees.
Operated By: American Land & Leisure
Information Center: McKenzie River Ranger Station

General Information


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.

General Notes:

Big Lake & Big Lake West Campgrounds Map

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

Big Lake Campground is close to:

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Campground Camping

Recreation areas with activity Campground Camping:
  • Tent, auto, trailer sites
  • Fire rings
  • Reduced service until snow or until end of hunting season (whichever comes first)
No. of Sites49, 30 of which are reservable, 19 are first-come, first-served.
No. of Accessible sites1
Reservation info: Reserve online at  or phone 1.877.444.6777

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Boat ramp Paved
Toilets Vault/Flush
Accessible 4 vault toilets and one campsite
Drinking water Piped