Recreation

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The Willamette National Forest offers a stunning choice of year round recreation for day-trippers and vacationers alike from hiking, camping, fishing or skiing in the Cascade Mountains to picnicking or rafting along one of our scenic rivers. Seven major volcanic peaks rise within the Forest's wilderness areas: Mt. Jefferson, Three Fingered Jack, Mt. Washington, the Three Sisters (North Sister, Middle Sister and South Sister), and Diamond Peak.

Camping Hiking Maps

 

Visitor Map

Use our recreation map to find activities to enjoy your time in the Willamette National Forest.

Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Alder Springs Campground Closed to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Campground Closed
Bedrock Campground Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground closed through April 27, 2017
Big Lake Campground Closed to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Campground CLOSED for the season
Big Lake West Campground Closed to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Campground CLOSED for the season
Big Meadows Horse Camp Closed to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: Campground CLOSED for the season
Big Pool Campground Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground closed through April 27, 2017
Big Springs Sno-Park Open to Visitor Sweet Home Ranger District: Sno-Park is open. 12/2/2016: roughly 8 – 10” snow on the trails All loops have been cleared except for D to G to F and G to H.
Black Canyon Campground Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground closed through May 18, 2017
Blair Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground closed through June 4, 2017.
Blue Pool Campground Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground closed through May 28, 2017.
Box Canyon Guard Station Closed to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Closed to reservations through May 19, 2017
Box Canyon Horse Camp Closed to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Camp CLOSED through May 19, 2017
Breitenbush Campground Closed to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: Campground closed through May 25, 2017
Broken Bowl Campground Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground closed through April 20, 2017
Campers Flat Campground Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground closed through May 25, 2017
Clark Creek Organization Camp Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Camp closed through May 4, 2017
Cleator Bend Group Campground Closed to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: Campground closed through May 18, 2017
Cold Water Cove Campground Closed to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Campground CLOSED
Cougar Crossing Campground Open to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Campground OPEN year round
Cove Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: Campground closed through May 18, 2017
Cove Creek Group Campsite Closed to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: Campground closed through May 18, 2017
Delta Campground Closed to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Campground CLOSED
Dolly Varden Campground Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground closed through April 27, 2017
Elk Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: Campground CLOSED for the season
Fernview Group Campground Closed to Visitor Sweet Home Ranger District: Campground closed through May 4, 2017
Fish Lake Remount Depot - Commissary Cabin Closed to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: The cabin is undergoing renovations and NOT AVAILABLE to rent this winter (2016/2017). The area is open year round to visit.
Fish Lake Remount Depot - Hall House Open to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: The area is open year round to visit. One cabin is available for rental at this site 11/11/2016 - 4/16/2017.
Fox Creek Group Campground Closed to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: Campground open through Oct 16, 2016
French Pete Campground Closed to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Campground closed through May 11, 2017
Frissell Crossing Campground Closed to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Campground closed through May 11, 2017
Gold Butte Lookout Closed to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: Lookout closed through early July 2017
Gold Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground CLOSED for the season
Gold Lake Sno-Park Open to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Sno-Park is open.
Hard Rock Campground Closed to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Campground closed through May 11, 2017
Harralson Horse Camp Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Camp CLOSED for the season
Hoover Campground Closed to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: Campground closed through May 4, 2017
Hoover Group Campsite Closed to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: Campground closed through May 4, 2017
Horse Creek Group Campground Closed to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Campground closed through May 4, 2017
House Rock Campground Closed to Visitor Sweet Home Ranger District: Campground closed through May 4, 2017
Humbug Campground Closed to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: Campground closed through May 18, 2017
Ice Cap Creek Campground Closed to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Campground Closed through May 25, 2017
Ikenick Sno-Park Open to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Sno-Park has 12 inches of snow as of 11/29/16. Forest floor still exposed throughout the area. No tracks set by users yet.
Indian Ridge Lookout Closed to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Lookout closed to rental reservations through early July 2017.
Indigo Springs Campground Open to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground open year round (weather dependent)
Islet Campground Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground CLOSED through June 6, 2017.
Kiahanie Campground Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground closed through May 25, 2017.
Lava Lake Sno-Park Open to Visitor Sweet Home Ranger District: Sno-Park is open.
Limberlost Campground Closed to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Campground closed through May, 4 2017
Little Nash Sno-Park Open to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Sno-Park has 12 inches of snow as of 11/29/16. Parking lot has been plowed. No tracks set by users yet.
Longbow Organization Camp Closed to Visitor Sweet Home Ranger District: Camp is closed through May 4, 2017
Lookout Campground Open to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Campground open year round. 8/30/2016: The water levels on Blue River Reservoir have been drawn down to the point where boat launches are no longer available. With a four-wheel drive vehicle, boats may be launched at nearby Saddle Dam (2.5 miles away).
Lost Lake Campground Closed to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Closed, no fees, no services
Lost Prairie Group Campground Closed to Visitor Sweet Home Ranger District: Campground closed through May 19, 2017.
Marion Forks Campground Closed to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: Campground CLOSED for the season
Maxwell Sno-Park Open to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: Sno-Park is open. 12/2/2016: Roughly 2’ of snow around Mtn. View Snow Shelter, 8” in the parking lot
McKenzie Bridge Campground Closed to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Campground closed through April 13, 2017
McKenzie Travel Corridor    McKenzie River Ranger District Recreation Updates
Middle Fork Travel Corridor    Middle Fork Ranger District Recreation Updates
Mona Campground Closed to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Campground Closed through May 18, 2017
North Santiam Travel Corridor    Detroit Ranger District Recreation Updates
North Waldo Campground Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground closed through June 22, 2017.
Olallie Campground Closed to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Campground CLOSED
Packard Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground closed through April 27, 2017
Packard Creek Group Campsite Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground closed through April 27, 2017
Paradise Campground Closed to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Campground closed through May 4, 2017.
Piety Island Campground Closed to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: Campground closed through April 27, 2017
Potato Hill Sno-Park Open to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Sno-Park has 20 inches of snow as of 11/29/16. Skiers and snowshoers have set initial tracks up road from parking lot. Parking lot has been plowed.
Puma Campground Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground closed through April 27, 2017
Ray Benson Sno-Park Open to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Sno-Park has 24 inches of snow as of 11/29/16 creating a good base. Winds common in the area cause drifting snow.
Red Diamond Group Campground Closed to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Campground closed through May 11, 2017
Riverside Campground Closed to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: Campground closed through May 18, 2017
Roaring River Group Campground Closed to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Campground closed through May 5, 2017 
Sacandaga Campground Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground CLOSED for the season
Salmon Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground CLOSED for the season
Sand Prairie Campground Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground closed through May 25, 2017
Santiam Flats Campground Closed to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: Campground closed through April 27, 2017
Santiam Sno-Park Open to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Sno-Park has 24 inches of snow as of 11/29/16. Parking lot not plowed due to cars blocking gate. Ski & snowshoe tracks not yet established. Sled hill has good base, but has received little use.
Scott Lake Campground Closed to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Closed
Secret Campground Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground closed through May 25, 2017
Sevenmile Horse Camp Open to Visitor
Shadow Bay Campground Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground closed through June 22, 2017
Shady Cove Campground Open to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: Campground open year round
Skookum Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground CLOSED for the season
Slide Creek Campground Closed to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Campground CLOSED through April 13, 2017.
South Pyramid Horse Camp Open to Visitor
South Santiam Travel Corridor    Sweet Home Ranger District Recreation Updates
Southshore Campground Closed to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: Campground closed through May 26, 2017
Sunnyside Campground Closed to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Campground CLOSED through May 4, 2017
Timber Butte Cabin Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Cabin closed to reservations through May 14, 2017
Timpanogas Campground Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground closed through June 30, 2017
Timpanogas Shelter Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Cabin closed to reservations through June 30, 2017
Tombstone Sno-Park Open to Visitor Sweet Home Ranger District: Sno-Park is open.
Trail Bridge Campground Open to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Open with no services, no fees Nov - April
Trout Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Sweet Home Ranger District: Campground closed through Apr 30, 2017
Waldo Lake Sno-Park Open to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Sno-Park is open.
Warner Mountain Lookout Open to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Lookout available by reservation through May 15, 2017.
Whispering Falls Campground Closed to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: Campground closed through May 18, 2017
Winter Recreation Area: Santiam Pass (Hwy 20)    ODOT Road Camera US20 at Santiam Pass
National Weather Service Current Conditions and Forecast
ODOT Sno-Park Information  
Winter Recreation Area: Willamette Pass (Hwy 58)    ODOT Road Camera US58 at Willamette Pass (looking east)
ODOT Road Camera US58 at Willamette Pass (looking west)

National Weather Service Current Conditions and Forecast
ODOT Sno-Park Information
Yukwah Campground Closed to Visitor Sweet Home Ranger District: Campground closed through May 4, 2017
Areas & Activities

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