Whispering Falls Campground

Area Status: Closed
Whispering Falls CG

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 until 2024 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
  • Single Campsites - $21 per night
  • Double Sites - $40 per night
  • Extra Vehicles - $9 per vehicle, per night
  • Day Use - $9 per vehicle, per day  
Campsite must be occupied every night paid. Download the Recreation.gov mobile app prior to your trip so you can pay the overnight fee digitally onsite with Scan and Pay.
Usage: Medium
Best Season: September
Busiest Season: July - August
  • 14 day limit
  • 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  
  • Maximum trailer length 30 feet
Closest Towns: Idanha, Oregon (3.9 miles)
Detroit, Oregon (8.3 miles)  
Water: Yes
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

General Information


GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
44.68779, -122.00935
44°41'16"N, 122°0'34"W

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.

General Notes:

Campground Map

  • Garbage collection
  • Fire rings, NO firewood available on site - contact host at Riverside Campground

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

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Campground Camping

  • 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

Day Hiking


Camping trailer: Up to 30 feet in length
Picnic tables: All sites have at least one table
Tent camping: All sites accommodate tents
Toilets: Vault (3)
Drinking water: Faucets

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  Elevation : 
2000 feet