Shady Cove Campground

Area Status: Closed
Shady Cove (Image1)

Shady Cove Campground, located within the Opal Creek Scenic Recreation Area (area is unavailable), offers visitors a primitive camping experience along the Little North Fork of the Santiam River. Numerous trails within a short distance of the campground offer scenic mountain vistas, waterfalls, and hikes through majestic old-growth forests. Three Pools Day Use Site is also nearby

The campground is open year-round but access is dependent on road conditions and weather. In the winter the road can become impassable, as it is not maintained for snow and ice. Travel is at your own risk. Early season (April and May) may provide a wet experience, but late season (September and October) is usually a grea time for camping.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 03/25/2024: Closed due to Beachie Creek Fire. See map of Beachie Creek and Lionshead Fire closure area.
Reservations: No advance reservations. All sites are first come first serve.
Area Amenities: Tent camping, Camping trailer, Picnic tables, Toilets
  • Single Campsites - $12 per night
  • Multiple Campsites - $22 per night
  • Extra Vehicles - $6 per vehicle, per night
A $5 per vehicle, per day fee or valid recreation pass is required for the Little North Santiam Trail #3338 (located across the bridge from campground). Please use fee tube located at Shady Cove Campground
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Best Season: September
Busiest Season: July - August
  • 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
  • ATVs use is only allowed to enter and leave the campground
  • Target shooting is prohibited within the Opal Creek Scenic Recreation Area
Special regulations are in place to help protect this area and preserve the experience for you and for future visitors.
Closest Towns:
  • Gates, Oregon (11.7 miles)
  • Mill City, Oregon (15.1 miles)
  • Mehama, Oregon (18.5 miles)
Water: None
Restroom: Vault Toilets (1)
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

General Information


18.5 miles northeast of Mehama, Oregon.

From Salem, Oregon, travel east on State Highway 22 to Mehama.

At milepost 23, turn left (north) onto Little North Fork Road (next to the Oregon Department of Forestry building) and proceed for 15.3 miles to the Forest Boundary. Continue of gravel, FS Road 2209 for 1.3 miles to the intersection of FS Road 2207. Turn right and continue another 1.9 miles to Shady Cove Campground on the right.

General Notes:

Campground Map

  • Garbage collection
  • NO water

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


All vehicles parked at the campground must display a valid pass.

Parking Restrictions

Forest Road 2207

  • No parking along Road 2207 between the junction with Road 2209 and the Shady Cove Bridge.
  • No parking along the south side of Road 2207 between Shady Cove Bridge and the eastern Opal Creek SRA boundary. Parking on the north shoulder allowed. 
  • Access into existing dispersed or undeveloped campsites open for parking, camping and day use.

Forest Road 2209

  • Parking allowed only along the south shoulder within ¼ mile of the Opal Creek Trailhead and at the designated trailhead parking areas for Henline Falls, Henline Mountain and Nasty Rock Trailheads. 
  • 15 minute parking limit at the visitor information kiosk at the 2209/2207 road junction.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

  • Tent, auto, limited small trailer sites (maximum trailer length 16 feet)
No. of Sites 13
Reservation Info No reservations. Sites are available on a first come, first served basis.
No. of Accessible sites None

River and Stream Fishing

Day Hiking



Camping trailer: Up to 16 feet in length
Picnic tables: All sites have at least one table
Tent camping: All sites accommodate tents
Toilets: Vault (1)

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  Elevation : 
1500 feet