Gold Lake Campground


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

Current Conditions: The Gold Lake Campground and Road are currently closed due to snow. The gate on the Gold Lake Road (Forest Service Road 500) has not yet been opened due to several significant snow drifts, one a quarter mile in length, in the road and parking lot. We understand that this road and campgroundĀ is popular among anglers to reach Gold Lake, but the depths of the drifts would pose a safety risk to drivers. Fortunately, Gold Lake is accessible by using the Waldo Lake Road (Forest Service Road 5897) and making a short hike on the Gold Lake Trail (#3677). We will continue to check the road so that it can be opened as soon as conditions allow.
Operational Hours:
  • 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
Open Season: Snow Dependent - 10/10/2016
Usage: Medium
Best Season: August, September
Busiest Season: July, August
  • 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
Closest Towns:
  • Oakridge (27.9 miles)
  • Crescent Lake Junction (10 miles)
Water: Hand pump
Restroom: Vault toilets
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.
Operated By: American Land & Leisure
Information Center: Middle Fork Ranger Station

General Information


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.

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Recreation areas with activity Campground Camping:
  • Tent, auto, trailer sites (maximum trailer length 24 feet)
  • Grey water station
Reservation InfoNo reservations. Sites are available on a first come, first served basis.
No. of Sites21
No. of Accessible sites6 campsites, canoe dock, restroom, 2 picnic tables, compacted rock access routes


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4800 feet