At an elevation of 1,604 ft., Southshore Campground is located on the south shore of Detroit Lake, a little west and south of Pretty Knob Island. A mix of wooded and open sites are available, located a little further away from the busier portions of Detroit Lake. You'll find quiet camping on all but the busiest weekends. The campground offers 25 single and five double family campsites. There are vault toilets and drinking water onsite. Coin operated showers are available a mile away at Cove Creek.
Detroit Lake is a popular destination for boating, jet skiing, swimming and fishing. Rainbow trout, Kokanee salmon and catfish are found in the lake. A boat ramp and dock are located next to the campground.
Additional hiking trails can be found across the lake, including those that lead to Dome Rock and Needle Rock. The town of Detroit is across the lake with hometown activities. The Cascading Rivers Bikeway is a draw for cyclists.
In the day use area, there is about 1,000 ft. of shoreline. There is a dock for launching, loading and unloading only. There is no mooring allowed.
At a Glance
|Current Conditions:||Closed for 2023 season.|
|Reservations:||Reserve online at www.recreation.gov or phone 1.877.444.6777. Over half the campsites are available for advance reservation via recreation.gov. The remainder are first come first serve.|
|Area Amenities:||Boat ramp,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking|
|Open Season:||May 26, 2023 - September 17, 2023|
|Closest Towns:||Idanha, Oregon (6.3 miles)
Detroit, Oregon (7.4 miles)
|Restroom:||Vault Toilets (6)|
|Passes:||Interagency Senior and Access Passes (and the Golden Age and Access Passes) may receive a 50% discount on the use fee for individual, single occupancy campsites. This discount does not apply to extra vehicle fee or multiple campsites.|
|Information Center:||Detroit Ranger District
44125 North Santiam Highway SE
Detroit, OR 97342
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
From Detroit, Oregon, travel east on State Highway 22 for 2.7 miles to Blowout Road (FSR10). From Idanha, Oregon, travel west on State Highway 22 for 0.7 miles to Blowout Road (FSR10). Proceed on Blowout Road 4.7 miles to Southshore Campground on the right.
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.
Map showing recreational areas. Map Information
- Tent, auto, trailer sites (maximum trailer length 30 feet)
- no electric hookups available
|No. of Sites||32|
|Reservation Info||No reservations. Sites are available on a first come, first served basis.|
|No. of Accessible sites||1 restroom, compacted rock/dirt access routes, day use area, day use picnic tables, grills/camping|
Lake and Pond Fishing
Boating - Motorized
Boating - Non-Motorized
|Camping trailer:||Up to 30 feet in length|
|Picnic tables:||All sites have at least one table|
|Tent camping:||All sites accommodate tents|
|Parking:||Extra vehicle parking located near the entrance|
|Boat ramp:||Fee charged for using the parking area|