North Waldo Campground
North Waldo is the most popular of the Waldo Lake campgrounds. There are 58 sites with fire rings and tables. There is a sanitation station near the campground. The drier environment supports fewer mosquitoes, but they are still plentiful in season so come prepared. The boat launch is somewhat deeper than the others on the lake, which is more accommodating for sailboats.
Waldo Lake is one of the largest natural lakes in Oregon. It offers a uniquely peaceful setting on the water and along remote shorelines, surrounded by forests of Douglas fir and Western Hemlock. Recreation in the area is abundant with the lake an ideal location for water activities like sailing, canoeing and swimming.
North Waldo is a popular starting point for many wilderness trails and lakes, most notably the Rigdon Lakes Trail, Wahanna Trail and the Whig & Torrey Way Trail. The 1-mile Shoreline Trail between North Waldo and Islet provides a short and pleasant hike along the lakeshore.
At a Glance
|Current Conditions:||8/29/23: Temporarily closed due to Cedar Creek Fire. See closure order and map.|
|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:||Boat ramp,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water|
|Restroom:||Vault and composting toilet|
|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 District
46375 Highway 58
Westfir, OR 97492
36.5 miles east of Oakridge, Oregon
From Oakridge Oregon: At the intersection of Crestview Street and Oregon State Highway 58 (at the only traffic light along State Highway 58 in Oakridge), travel east on Highway 58 for 23.3 miles. Turn left onto the Waldo Lake Road/Forest Road 5897. Follow 5897 for approximately 12.8 miles and turn right at the T intersection onto Forest Road 5895. Travel for approximately 0.3 miles and the destination will be on your left.
- Amphitheater, interpretive sign, garbage containers, fire rings, swimming area
- North Waldo Day Use Area (area is unavailable)
- North Waldo Trail Area
- Taylor Burn Trail Area
- Pacific Crest Trail
- Harralson Horse Camp
- Islet Campground
- Islet Day Use Area
- Waldo Lake Wilderness
Read about camping rules, regulations and camping tips on our Camping Rules & Things to Know page.
Map showing recreational areas. Map Information
Campground CampingRecreation areas with activity Campground Camping:
- Tent, auto, trailer sites (maximum trailer length 30 feet)
- Grey water station
|No. of Sites||58|
|No. of Accessible sites||All restrooms in the campground are accessible.|
Lake and Pond FishingRecreation areas with activity Lake and Pond Fishing:
Day HikingRecreation areas with activity Day Hiking:
PicnickingRecreation areas with activity Picnicking:
Boating - Non-MotorizedRecreation areas with activity Boating - Non-Motorized:
Motorized boats are allowed on Waldo Lake when propelled by an electric motor and traveling less than 10 mph.
SwimmingRecreation areas with activity Swimming:
|Toilets:||Vault & Compost|
Alerts & Warnings
- ACTIVE FIRES: Petes Lake, Lookout, Bedrock, etc.
- FIRE CLOSURES: Wiley, Lookout, Bedrock, Cedar Creek, Beachie Creek & Lionshead
- Public Use Restrictions (Fire Restrictions) in Effect
- Prescribed burn planned in McKenzie Sept. 22
- Forest Road 46 open from Detroit to Estacada for summer
- Road NF-1993 across Cougar Dam closed for construction June 5-Sept. 28, 2023