Elk Lake Campground
This 17 site tent-only campground, located adjacent to the Bull of the Woods and Opal Creek Wildernesses, is full of beauty in the summer. Wildflowers are a beautiful sight in the campground's meadows around July. Swim or paddle in the quiet waters of the non-motorized lake, go for a great hike with views of multiple Cascade peaks, or just kick back and relax in the campground.
At a Glance
|Current Conditions:||10/13/2022: Although open, this campground is in an area impacted by the Beachie Creek and & Lionshead Fires. Before visiting areas affected by wildfire, make sure to review the 4 Steps for Safety for recreating in burned areas.|
|Reservations:||No advance reservations. All sites are first come first serve.|
|Area Amenities:||Boat ramp|
|Busiest Season:||July - August|
|Restrictions:||Special regulations are in place to help protect this area and preserve the experience for you and for future visitors including:
|Closest Towns:||Detroit, Oregon (12.1 miles)|
|Restroom:||Vault Toilets (3)|
|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:||Willamette National Forest|
|Information Center:||Detroit Ranger District
44125 North Santiam Highway SE
Detroit, OR 97342
12.1 miles north of Detroit
From Highway 22 at Detroit, Oregon, turn onto Breitenbush Road (FSR 46). Proceed 4.4 miles, turn left onto FS Road 4696. Proceed 0.8 miles, turn left on FS Road 4697. Follow FS Road 4697 for 4.5 miles and turn left at an unmarked junction (still FS Road 4697), continue 2.1 miles to a small spur road located at west end of Elk Lake (FS Road 390). The camping area is about 0.3 miles ahead.
CAUTION: FS Road 4697 is not maintained for the last 4 miles into Elk Lake. Access by low-clearance vehicles and trailers not recommended as the road is rough and rocky.
- NO drinking water, NO garbage service, NO firewood
- Opal Creek Wilderness and Scenic Area Trail Area (area is unavailable)
- Gold Butte Lookout
- Humbug Campground
Read about camping rules, regulations and camping tips on our Camping Rules & Things to Know page.
Parking is limited within the campground. If visiting for the day, please be aware that overnight campers have priority in the campsite parking. Day visitors can park in an empty campsite for the cost of half the overnight fee ($5.00).
Map showing recreational areas. Map Information
- Tent ONLY sites
|No. of Sites||17|
|Reservation Info||No Reservations. First-come, first-serve only. Campsite must be occupied every night paid.|
Lake and Pond Fishing
Boating - Non-Motorized
Alerts & Warnings
- FIRE CLOSURES: Cedar Creek, Beachie Creek & Lionshead, Holiday Farm, Potter, etc
- Forest Road 46 open for 11 miles; portion closed to vehicle traffic
- Pile Burning November-March 2023
- Helicopter Operations Near McKenzie Bridge Oct. 19-Feb. 1
- Carmen Diversion Reservoir closed through 2023