Detroit Lake Area


Image of Detroit Lake

The 3,500 acre lake is located in the Cascade Mountains below Mt. Jefferson on the Willamette National Forest. The U.S.Army Corps of Engineers built the lake and dam in 1951-53. The lake stores water of the North Santiam River, controlling runoff and providing flood control, irrigation, downstream navigation improvement, recreation and power generation, while preserving the quality of the North Santiam Canyon environment. To learn more about the lake and construction of the dam visit the Army Corps of Engineers website at

For information about accessible recreation opportunities in Pacific Northwest National Forests, visit

At a Glance

Closest Towns: Detroit, OR - To learn more about the community amenities, services and marinas visit
Restroom: At campgrounds and day use sites. Also
Passes: Some trails and day use sites require a Recreation Pass
Information Center: Detroit Ranger District

General Information


Detroit Lake is located 50 miles East of Salem, Oregon. To reach the lake, take Hwy 22 East exit from I-5 at Salem. The town of Detroit is located on the East end of the lake.

General Notes:

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Oregon State Parks

  • Detroit Lake State Park
  • Mongold Day Use


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Camping & Cabins

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Water Activities

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Areas & Activities



  Area/Length : 
3,500 Acres