Cold Water Cove Campground
Stunning views of the turquoise-colored Clear Lake and 3000-year-old lava fields make this campground an ideal location. The campground sits on the south end of Clear Lake in a mix of maple, alder and Douglas fir trees. On a clear day, catch a glimpse of the Three Sisters Mountains and Mt. Washington. There are 34 campsites (31 single, 3 multiple). Sites #7 and #10 are accessible. Each site is equipped with a picnic table and campfire ring. Vault toilets and drinking water are provided. No hookups are available.
Fishing, canoeing and boating are popular activities. Evening nature talks are conducted at the amphitheater in the Clear Lake Day Use Area. A general store and restaurant are located at the resort next door.
At a Glance
|Current Conditions:||Closed for the 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:||Toilets,Drinking water|
|Open Season:||May 26, 2023 - Sept. 7, 2023|
|Closest Towns:||McKenzie Bridge, OR
|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:||American Land & Leisure|
|Information Center:||McKenzie River Ranger District
57600 McKenzie Hwy
McKenzie Bridge, OR 97413
From McKenzie Bridge,OR, travel east on Highway 126 for 18 miles to the Clear Lake Area.
Before reaching Clear Lake, turn right on Forest Road 770, heading northeast 1 mile to Coldwater Cove Campground.
- Fire rings, boat launch, interpretive trail
- Evening nature talks at Clear Lake Day Use Area
- Sahalie & Koosah Falls
- Big Lake Trail Area
- Upper McKenzie Trail Area
- Mt. Washington Wilderness
- Ice Cap Creek Campground
Read about camping rules, regulations and camping tips on our Camping Rules & Things to Know page.
Map showing recreational areas. Map Information
- Tent, auto, and trailer sites (maximum trailer length 30 feet)
|No. of Sites||35, 13 of which are reservable|
|No. of Accessible sites||2 campsites, 4 restrooms, picnic table, paved access routes|
|Rental info:||Clear Lake Resort is nearby. They offer cabin rentals, boat rentals, and fishing tackle.
Linn County Parks & Recreation
3010 Ferry St. SW
Albany, OR 97322
Lake and Pond Fishing
Boating - Non-Motorized
Alerts & Warnings
- ACTIVE FIRES: Petes Lake, Lookout, Bedrock, etc.
- FIRE CLOSURES: Wiley, Lookout, Bedrock, Cedar Creek, Beachie Creek & Lionshead
- Public Use Restrictions (Fire Restrictions) in Effect
- Forest Road 46 open from Detroit to Estacada for summer
- Road NF-1993 across Cougar Dam closed for construction June 5-Sept. 28, 2023