Gold Lake Campground

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed
 

This 21 site campground is situated near the Cascade crest with some sites adjacent to the picturesque Gold Lake. Visitors come for the alpine forest setting, quiet, autumn huckleberries, and wildlife viewing. The adjacent Gold Lake bog is ideal for viewing deer, elk, and beaver.

Motors are prohibited on the small lake (100 acres in size and 25 feet deep), but non-motorized craft are permitted, such as canoes and float tubes. The lake is fly-fishing only; please consult the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife regulations for the most up-to-date information.

A historic "Willamette Winged" log shelter exists in the day use area, and provides an overnight place for cross-country skiers during the winter, and a day-use facility during summer. The shelter was designed by William Parke, the Willamette National Forest's first Recreation Planner, and constructed with Civilian Conservation Corps labor during the early 1940s. Parke was a 1932 graduate of the Oregon State College of Forestry, and was training as a Landscape Architect at the University of Oregon when hired by the Forest Service.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground closed through mid-June (dependent on snow levels). 6/21/2017: Gold Lake is now open for day use. The campground is expected to open on Friday, June 23.
Fees
  • Single Campsites - $19 per night
  • Extra Vehicles - $7 per vehicle, per night
  • Day Use - No fee
Open Season: 6/23/2017 - 10/9/2017
Usage: Medium
Best Season: August, September
Busiest Season: July, August
Restrictions:
  • Maximum trailer length 24 feet
  • Non-motorized boating only
  • Fly-fishing only
  • 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
Closest Towns:
  • Oakridge, OR (27.9 miles)
  • Crescent Lake Junction ,OR (10 miles)
Water: Yes, hand pump
Restroom: Vault toilets
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: Middle Fork Ranger Station

General Information

Directions:

28 miles east of Oakridge, Oregon

From Oakridge, Oregon: From the intersection of Crestview Street and Oregon State Highway 58 (the only traffic light along Highway 58 in Oakridge), travel east on Highway 58 for 25.8 miles.  Just below the summit of Willamette Pass ( the Gold Lake Sno Park will be on your right), turn left onto the Gold Lake Road and travel 2 miles to your destination at the end of the road.


General Notes:

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  • Garbage containers, fire rings, boat launch

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Gold Lake is very popular for fishing Brook and Rainbow trout. Each season anglers anxiously await the snow melting so they can be one of the first to drop their line in the lake.

Campground/ day use area has a boat ramp.

The lake is for non-motorized craft.
 

Fishing MethodFly fishing only
Fish SpeciesBrook and Rainbow Trout
Water/Flow LevelLake is 25 feet deep

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