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. It's a smaller campground located just west of Big Lake Campground. 

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: Tent camping,Picnic tables,Toilets
Fees Site fee $22, Extra Vehicle $7, Multiple Site Fee $40
Open Season: 5/22
Usage: Heavy
  • 14 day Limit, Tent camping only
  • No trailer sites except one with a 20 foot maximum
New regulations are in effect for the Santiam Pass Summer Motorized Recreation Area. OHV use in the campground is strictly prohibited for any purpose other than entering or leaving the campground.
Operated By: American Land & Leisure
Information Center: McKenzie River Ranger District

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

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



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