Scott Lake Campground

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

This hidden treasure is a photographer's paradise. The high elevation, primitive campground sits on picturesque and pristine Scott Lake. On clear days, catch stunning views of the snowcapped volcanic peaks of the Three Sisters as they cast their reflection on the serene lake. Be prepared for heavy mosquitoes in July and August. A forest of subalpine fir, mountain hemlock, and bear grass surround the lake. 

The campground is next to Benson/Tenas Trailhead and access to the Mt. Washington Wilderness is close by.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: McKenzie River Ranger District: Campground closed through mid June 2018. 9/27/2017: Due to wildfires, this area is CLOSED including a stretch of Aufderheide Scenic Byway (Forest Road 19), McKenzie Highway 242, and a portion of the Three Sisters Wilderness...details
Operational Hours: Access is dependent on McKenzie Highway (Oregon 242), which is closed in the winter
Fees $5/vehicle/day or valid recreation pass
Open Season: mid-June (dependent on ODOT’s opening date of Highway 242/Old McKenzie Highway) - Late October (dependent on ODOT’s opening date of Highway 242/Old McKenzie Highway)
Usage: Medium
  • No trailer facilities
  • Camping is not allowed more than 14 days in a 60 day period.
  • Use of chainsaws in the campground is prohibited
  • Dogs MUST be on leash at all times within the campground
Closest Towns: McKenzie Bridge, OR (west)
Sisters, OR (east)
Passes: A valid recreation pass may be used as a form of payment
Operated By: Willamette National Forest
Information Center: McKenzie River Ranger District

General Information


From McKenzie Bridge, OR, travel east on Highway 126 for 3 miles to Highway 242.

Follow Highway 242 east for 14 miles to Forest
Road 260.

Take a left of Forest Road 260 west Scott Lake Campground and nearby Benson/Tenas Trailhead (fee site).

General Notes:
  • Fire rings, NO drinking water
  • NO cut firewood provided

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Tent ONLY sites (walk-in sites)

No. of Sites18 tent only
Reservation InfoNo reservations. Sites are available on a first come, first served basis.
No. of Accessible sites2 toilets


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4800 feet