Elk Lake Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Elk Lake from Battle Ax

This 17 site tent-only campground, located adjacent to the Bull of the Woods and Opal Creek Wildernesses, is full of beauty in the summer. Wildflowers are a beautiful sight in the campground's meadows around July.  Swim or paddle in the quiet waters of the non-motorized lake, go for a great hike with views of multiple Cascade peaks, or just kick back and relax in the campground.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Detroit Ranger District: Campground open through Oct 31, 2016
Operational Hours: Check-in time is 2:00 pm or later. Check-out time is 1:00 pm.
  • No Reservations. 
  • First-come, first-serve only. 
  • Campsite must be occupied every night paid.
Area Amenities: Boat ramp
  • Single Campsites - $10 per night
  • Multiple Campsites* - $20 per night
  • Extra Vehicles - $5 per vehicle, per night
*Multiple Campsites have two tables*
Open Season: 7/1/16 snow permitting - 10/31/2016
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: September
Busiest Season: July - August
  • No motorized boating
  • 14 day limit
  • ATVs use is only allowed to enter and leave the campground
  • Use of chainsaws in the campground is prohibited
  • Dogs MUST be on leash at all times within the campground
Closest Towns: Detroit, Oregon (12.1 miles)
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilets (3)
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.
Operated By: Willamette National Forest
Information Center: Detroit Ranger Station

General Information


12.1 miles north of Detroit

From Highway 22 at Detroit, Oregon, turn onto Breitenbush Road (FSR 46). Proceed 4.4 miles, turn left onto FS Road 4696. Proceed 0.8 miles, turn left on FS Road 4697. Follow FS Road 4697 for 4.5 miles and turn left at an unmarked junction (still FS Road 4697), continue 2.1 miles to a small spur road located at west end of Elk Lake (FS Road 390). The camping area is about 0.3 miles ahead.

CAUTION: FS Road 4697 is not maintained for the last 4 miles into Elk Lake. Access by low-clearance vehicles and trailers not recommended as the road is rough and rocky.

General Notes:
  • NO drinking water, NO garbage service, NO firewood

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


Parking is limited within the campground. If visiting for the day, please be aware that overnight campers have priority in the campsite parking. Day visitors can park in an empty campsite for the cost of half the overnight fee ($5.00).

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