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.

Recreation Map

Don't know where to go or how to get there? We've organized our information into four large areas called travel corridors to to help you find a place on the Willamette National Forest for your favorite activity.

The travel corridors follow the four main highways (and rivers) across the Forest.

Map of Forest showing 4 travel corridorsMt Hood National ForestDeschutes National ForestUmpqua National ForestSouth Santiam Travel CorridorMcKenzie Travel CorridorMiddle Fork Travel CorridorNorth Santiam Travel Corridor

Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Alder Springs Campground Open to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: OPEN May - October
Bedrock Campground Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: CLOSED
Big Lake Campground Open to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: OPEN 5/27/2016 - 10/09/2016
Big Lake West Campground Open to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: OPEN 5/27/2016 - 10/09/2016
Big Meadows Horse Camp Open to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: OPEN Mid July - 10/31/2016 (weather permitting)
Big Pool Campground Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: CLOSED
Black Canyon Campground Open to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: OPEN 5/20/2016 - 10/2/2016
Blair Lake Campground Open to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: OPEN 6/4/2016 - 9/25/2016 Islet will reopen on 10/10 when North Waldo Closes until 10/31 (there will be no water during this time.
Box Canyon Guard Station Open to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: OPEN 5/20/2016 - 10/23/2016
Box Canyon Horse Camp Open to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: OPEN 5/20/2016 - 10/23/2016
Breitenbush Campground Closed to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: CLOSED
Broken Bowl Campground Open to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: OPEN 4/22/2016 - 9/25/2016
Campers Flat Campground Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: CLOSED
Clark Creek Organization Camp Open to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: OPEN 5/6/2016 - 9/25/2016
Cleator Bend Group Campground Closed to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: CLOSED
Cold Water Cove Campground Open to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: OPEN 5/27/2016 - 10/9/2016
Cougar Crossing Campground Open to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: OPEN Year-round
Cove Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: CLOSED 8/30/2016: Boat launches and docks have been pulled out of the water at Cove Creek, Hoover, and South Shore due to low water levels. You may launch your boat from Mongold State Park. Boats can be moored along the shoreline and accessed from the campgrounds.
Cove Creek Group Campsite Closed to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: CLOSED
Delta Campground Open to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: OPEN 4/22/2016 - 10/9/2016
Dolly Varden Campground Open to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: OPEN 4/27/2016 - 9/25/2016
Elk Lake Campground Open to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: OPEN 7/1/2016 - 10/31/2016
Fernview Group Campground Open to Visitor Sweet Home Ranger District: OPEN 5/6/2016 - 9/25/2016 Individual campsites are available, first come, first served when ground campground is not reserved. 8/30/2016: There is no water available at Fernview Group Camp until further notice. Visitors must bring their own drinking water.
Fish Lake Remount Depot -- Commissary Cabin Closed to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: CLOSED 11/11/2016 - 4/16/2016
Fish Lake Remount Depot -- Hall House Closed to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: CLOSED 11/11/2016 - 4/16/2016
Fox Creek Group Campground Open to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: OPEN 5/1/2016 - 10/16/2016
French Pete Campground Closed to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: CLOSED
Frissell Crossing Campground Closed to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: CLOSED
Gold Butte Lookout Open to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: OPEN 6/27/2016 - 10/15/2016
Gold Lake Campground Open to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: OPEN Spring - Closes 10/31/2016
Hard Rock Campground Closed to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: CLOSED
Harralson Horse Camp Open to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: OPEN 6/11/2016 - October (weather permitting)
Hoover Campground Closed to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: CLOSED 8/30/2016: Boat launches and docks have been pulled out of the water at Hoover, Cove Creek, and South Shore due to low water levels. You may launch your boat from Mongold State Park. Boats can be moored along the shoreline and accessed from the campgrounds.
Hoover Group Campsite Closed to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: CLOSED 8/30/2016: Boat launches and docks have been pulled out of the water at Hoover, Cove Creek, and South Shore due to low water levels. You may launch your boat from Mongold State Park. Boats can be moored along the shoreline and accessed from the campgrounds.
Horse Creek Group Campground Open to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: OPEN 5/6/2016 - 10/23/2016
House Rock Campground Open to Visitor Sweet Home Ranger District: OPEN 5/6/2016 - 9/25/2016
Humbug Campground Closed to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: CLOSED
Ice Cap Creek Campground Closed to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: CLOSED
Indian Ridge Lookout Open to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: OPEN 7/1/2016 - 10/16/2016
Indigo Springs Campground Open to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: OPEN Year-Round (weather dependent)
Islet Campground Open to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: OPEN 6/10/2016 - 9/25/2016
Kiahanie Campground Open to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: OPEN 5/27/2016 - 10/18/2016
Limberlost Campground Closed to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: CLOSED
Longbow Organization Camp Open to Visitor Sweet Home Ranger District: OPEN 5/6/2016 - 9/25/2016
Lookout Campground Open to Visitor 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). There is still plenty of water at Blue River Reservoir for kayaks and rafts.
Lost Lake Campground Open to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: OPEN
Lost Prairie Group Campground Open to Visitor Sweet Home Ranger District: OPEN 5/20/2016 - 10/23/2016
Marion Forks Campground Open to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: OPEN 5/1/2016 - 10/31/2016 (weather dependent)
McKenzie Bridge Campground Closed to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: CLOSED
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: CLOSED 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). There is still plenty of water at Blue River Reservoir for kayaks and rafts.
North Santiam Travel Corridor    Detroit Ranger District Recreation Updates
North Waldo Campground Open to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: OPEN 6/10/2016 - 10/10/2016  (Islet Campground will reopen on 10/10 and will remain open until 10/31.
Olallie Campground Open to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: OPEN 4/22/2016 - 10/9/2016
Packard Creek Campground Open to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: OPEN 4/22/2016 - 9/25/2016
Packard Creek Group Campsite Open to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: OPEN 4/22/2016 - 9/25/2016
Paradise Campground Open to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: OPEN 5/6/2016 - 10/15/2016
Piety Island Campground Open to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: OPEN 5/1/2016 - 9/30/2016
Puma Campground Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: CLOSED
Red Diamond Group Campground Closed to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: CLOSED
Riverside Campground Closed to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: CLOSED
Roaring River Group Campground Open to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: OPEN 5/6/2016 - 10/23/2016
Sacandaga Campground Open to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: OPEN 6/29/2016 - 10/31/2016
Salmon Creek Campground Open to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: CLOSED
Sand Prairie Campground Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: CLOSED
Santiam Flats Campground Open to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: OPEN 4/27/2016 - 9/25/2016
Scott Lake Campground Open to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: OPEN July - October
Secret Campground Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: CLOSED
Shadow Bay Campground Open to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: OPEN 6/24/2016 - 9/25/2016
Shady Cove Campground Open to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: OPEN Year-Round
Skookum Creek Campground Open to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: OPEN 5/27/2016 - 10/31/2016
Slide Creek Campground Closed to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: CLOSED
South Santiam Travel Corridor    Sweet Home¬†Ranger District Recreation Updates
Southshore Campground Closed to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: CLOSED
Sunnyside Campground Closed to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: CLOSED
Timber Butte Cabin Open to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: OPEN 5/15/2016 - 11/13/2016
Timpanogas Campground Open to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: OPEN 6/29/2016 - 10/31/2016
Timpanogas Shelter Open to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: OPEN 7/1/2016 - 10/31/2016
Trail Bridge Campground Open to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: OPEN with services through October. Open with no services, no fees Nov. - April
Trout Creek Campground Open to Visitor Sweet Home Ranger District: OPEN 5/6/2016 - 9/25/2016
Warner Mountain Lookout Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: CLOSED 11/1/2016 - 5/15/2017
Whispering Falls Campground Closed to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: CLOSED
Yukwah Campground Open to Visitor Sweet Home Ranger District: OPEN 5/6/2016 - 9/25/2016