Carter Lake Campground

Area Status: Open

Carter Lake Campground is a family favorite in the Oregon Dunes Recreation Area. Part of the campground is located on the dunes where children love to play in the sand, and the other half is located on Carter Lake, perfect for fishing and boating. Campsites are nestled among shore pine, sitka spruce, Douglas fir and native rhododendron. Drinking water and flush toilets are available and each site has a campfire pit and picnic table. Parking aprons are paved.

Hiking the Carter Dune Trail, fishing for rainbow trout, canoeing and kayaking, and off-road vehicle riding are all nearby activities.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 5/7/24: Be aware of seasonal flooding and high water levels Snowy Plover restrictions in place March 15 - September 15

All campsites in ODNRA now require a digital reservation and payment.  
Reservations: Reserve online at or phone 877.444.6777. All Carter Lake campsites require a digital reservation and payment. Note that the Siuslaw National Forest does not have any control over the phone line. Wait times are expected to be longer-than-usual.
Fees: Camping: $22 per night for single unit, two vehicle limit
Day use: $5/Day/Vehicle
Open Season: May - September
Usage: Light
Water: Potable Water
Restroom: Flush Toilet
Passes: Interagency Senior and Access Passes (and the Golden Age and Access Passes) may receive a 50% discount on the use fee for individual campsites. This discount does not apply to extra vehicle fee or multiple campsites.
Operated By: Siuslaw National Forest
Information Center: Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area Visitor Center

General Information

General Notes:

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From Florence OR, travel south on Highway 101 for 11 miles. Carter Lake Campground entrance is on the west side of Highway 101.

Recreation Map

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Campground Camping

Recreation areas with activity Campground Camping:
No. of Sites 23 sites

RV Camping

Recreation areas with activity RV Camping:
No. of Sites 23
Hookup - Water No
Hookup - Sewer No
Size Restrictions very short
Dump Stations No
Hookups - Electric no

Lake and Pond Fishing

Recreation areas with activity Lake and Pond Fishing: Bank fishing for rainbow trout
Fish Species Rainbow trout
Fishing Mode Bank and boat
Water Temperature Cold
Fishing Method Bait & lure

Day Hiking

Recreation areas with activity Day Hiking: Carter Lake Trail

Viewing Wildlife

Recreation areas with activity Viewing Wildlife:
Species good birding


Recreation areas with activity Picnicking:

Boating - Non-Motorized

Recreation areas with activity Boating - Non-Motorized:

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