Big Lake Campground

Area Status: Open
Big Lake West Campground

On the western shore of Big Lake at the top of Santiam Pass, surrounded by alpine fir, hemlock and lodgepole pine, campers enjoy views of the lake with the beautiful Mt. Washington as a backdrop. Big Lake Campground offers 49 sites for tent or RV camping. Drinking water, vault toilets and a boat ramp are provided. This campground is a hub of activity during the summer months. Big Lake is very popular for both motorized and non-motorized boating.

The campground is located adjacent to the Santiam Pass Motorized Recreation Area (area is unavailable) and is a popular campground for OHV enthusiasts.  

Nearby Patjens Lakes Trail offers easy access to the Mt. Washington Wilderness

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Campground is open for 2024 season.
Reservations: Reserve online at or phone 1.877.444.6777. Over half the campsites are available for advance reservation via The remainder are first come first serve. 
Area Amenities: Accessible, Boat ramp, Toilets, Drinking water
Fees: Single Campsites - $28 per night
Extra Vehicles - $9 per vehicle, per night
Day Use - $9 per vehicle, per day
Open Season: May - September
Usage: Heavy
Busiest Season: June-August
  • OHV use in the campground is strictly prohibited for any purpose other than entering or leaving the campground. Regulations for the Santiam Pass Summer Motorized Recreation Area (area is unavailable).
  • Camping is not allowed more than 14 days in a 60 day period.
  • Check-in time: 2:00 pm or later. Check-out time: 1:00 pm 
  • Use of chainsaws in the campground is prohibited
  • Dogs MUST be on leash at all times within the campground
Closest Towns: McKenzie Bridge, OR  
Water: Yes
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: Linn County Parks & Recreation
Information Center: McKenzie River Ranger District
57600 McKenzie Hwy
McKenzie Bridge, OR 97413

General Information


From McKenzie Bridge, OR, travel east on Highway 126 for 29.5 miles to Santiam Pass. Turn, heading south on Big Lake Road #2690.

Follow Big Lake Road for 3 miles to Big Lake Campground on the north side of Big Lake.

General Notes:

Big Lake & Big Lake West Campgrounds Map

Read about camping rules, regulations and camping tips on our Camping Rules & Things to Know page.

Big Lake Campground is close to:

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

Recreation areas with activity Campground Camping:
  • Tent, auto, trailer sites (Maximum trailer length 35 feet)
  • Fire rings
  • Reduced service until snow or until end of hunting season (whichever comes first)
No. of Sites 49, 30 of which are reservable, 19 are first-come, first-served.
No. of Accessible sites 1
Reservation info: Reserve online at  or phone 1.877.444.6777

RV Camping

Recreation areas with activity RV Camping:

Lake and Pond Fishing

Recreation areas with activity Lake and Pond Fishing:

Day Hiking

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Recreation areas with activity Picnicking:

Boating - Motorized

Recreation areas with activity Boating - Motorized:

Boating - Non-Motorized

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Recreation areas with activity Swimming:


Recreation areas with activity Waterskiing:


Toilets: Vault/Flush
Accessible: 4 vault toilets and one campsite
Drinking water: Piped
Boat ramp: Paved

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Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities



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4650 feet