This camp is situated near the Cascade crest with some sites adjacent to the picturesque Gold Lake. Visitors come for the alpine forest setting, quiet, autumn huckleberries, and wildlife viewing. The adjacent Gold Lake bog is ideal for viewing deer, elk, and beaver.
Motors are prohibited on the small lake (100 acres in size and 25 feet deep), but non-motorized craft are permitted, such as canoes and float tubes. Note that the lake is fly-fishing only; please consult the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife regulations for the most up-to-date information.
A historic "Willamette Winged" log shelter exists in the day use area, and provides an overnight place for cross-country skiers during the winter, and a day-use facility during summer. The shelter was designed by William Parke, the Willamette National Forest's first Recreation Planner, and constructed with Civilian Conservation Corps labor during the early 1940s. Parke was a 1932 graduate of the Oregon State College of Forestry, and was training as a Landscape Architect at the University of Oregon when hired by the Forest Service.
At a Glance
||The Gold Lake Campground and Road are now open. June 3, 2016
- Check in time: 2:00 pm or later
- Check out time: 1:00 pm
Campsite must be occupied every night paid.
- 19 first-come, first-served campsites
- Single Campsites - $19 per night
- Extra Vehicles - $7 per vehicle, per night
- Day Use - No fee
||Snow Dependent - 10/10/2016
- 14 day limit
- Maximum trailer length 24 feet
- Non-motorized boating only
- Fly-fishing only
- Use of chainsaws prohibited in campground
- Dogs MUST be on leash at all times in the campground
- Oakridge (27.9 miles)
- Crescent Lake Junction (10 miles)
Passes allow holder 50% off overnight fee*
*Discount does NOT apply to extra vehicle fees or multiple campsites.
- Golden Age/Access Pass
- Interagency Senior/Access Pass
||American Land & Leisure
||Middle Fork Ranger Station
28 miles east of Oakridge, Oregon
From Oakridge, Oregon: From the intersection of Crestview Street and Oregon State Highway 58 (the only traffic light along Highway 58 in Oakridge), travel east on Highway 58 for 25.8 miles. Just below the summit of Willamette Pass ( the Gold Lake Sno Park will be on your right), turn left onto the Gold Lake Road and travel 2 miles to your destination at the end of the road.
Garbage containers, fire rings, boat launch
Read about camping rules, regulations and camping tips on our Camping Rules & Things to Know page.