Big Lake Campground

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

Big Lake West Campground

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

Current Conditions: McKenzie River Ranger District: Campground CLOSED
Reservations: Reserve online at or phone 1.877.444.6777 (from May 27 - September 10, 2016) From September 11-October 9, 2016, sites are first-come first serve.
Area Amenities: Accessible,Boat ramp,Toilets,Drinking water
Fees Single Campsites - $22 per night
Extra Vehicles - $7 per vehicle, per night
Day Use - $7 per vehicle, per day
Open Season: 5/27/2016 - 10/09/2016
Usage: Heavy
Busiest Season: June-August
  • 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.
Water: Yes
Passes: 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.
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.

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  • 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

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4650 feet