Whispering Falls Campground
Whispering Falls is located along the North Santiam River at an elevation of 2,000 feet. Surrounded by vegetation including hemlock, rhododendron and fern, among the towering conifers, the campground is an excellent outdoor retreat designed for campers more interested in a remote experience. Sites have picnic tables, grills and easy access to the vault toilets. Drinking water spigots are spread throughout the campground. Most campsites offer views of river.
Anglers enjoy fishing for rainbow trout on the river. Among the many options for hiking and biking trails, the Mt. Jefferson-Pamelia Lake Trail Area is bound to please all types. Hikers looking for a challenging trail will enjoy the Minto Mountain Trail.
The Coffin Mountain Trail Area is located nearby, with splendid trails to explore like the Coffin Lookout and Bugaboo Ridge Trails.
Detroit Lake provides plenty of opportunity for water recreation like boating, water skiing and kayaking. The Marion Forks Fish Hatchery down the highway, along Marion and Horn Creeks, is an interesting place to visit. Here, visitors can see rainbow trout, summer steelhead and spring chinook being harvested.
At a Glance
|Current Conditions:||Closed for the 2022 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:||Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water|
|Open Season:||5/20/22 - 9/5/22|
|Busiest Season:||July - August|
|Closest Towns:||Idanha, Oregon (3.9 miles)
Detroit, Oregon (8.3 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:||American Land & Leisure|
|Information Center:||Detroit Ranger District
44125 North Santiam Highway SE
Detroit, OR 97342
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
8.3 miles southeast of Detroit, Oregon: From Detroit, follow Highway 22 southeast for 8.3 miles to Whispering Falls Campground on the right.
Parking is limited within the campground. If visiting for the day, please be aware that overnight campers have priority in the campsite parking.
- Garbage collection
- Fire rings, NO firewood available on site - contact host at Riverside Campground
- Hoover Campground
- Hoover Group Campsite
- Coffin Mountain Trail Area
- Mt. Jefferson - Jefferson Park Trail Area
- Mt. Jefferson - Pamelia Lake Trail Area
- Mt. Jefferson Wilderness
Read about camping rules, regulations and camping tips on our Camping Rules & Things to Know page.
Map showing recreational areas. Map Information
- Tent, auto, trailer sites (maximum trailer length 30 feet)
- NO trailer hook-ups
|No. of Sites||16|
|No. of Accessible sites||None|
River and Stream Fishing
|Camping trailer:||Up to 30 feet in length|
|Picnic tables:||All sites have at least one table|
|Tent camping:||All sites accommodate tents|
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