Shadow Bay Campground

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

This 19-site campground is less busy than its neighboring campground, North Waldo, resulting in a quieter atmosphere. It is situated in a lower and wetter landscape than North Waldo and Islet Campground and supports thicker and more diverse groundcover and generally more mosquitoes earlier in the season, so come prepared June to mid-August. Garbage containers and gray water disposal areas are available at the campground.

Hikers, equestrians, and mountain bikers can traverse the Shore Line Trail to the historic South Waldo Shelter and then continue on the Jim Weaver Loop #3590. Winding around to the west side of the lake, the public can catch glimpses of the lake through the high-elevation forest, or capture broad views of the High Cascades mountains from open viewpoints.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground closed through June 22, 2017
Reservations: Reserve online at or phone 1.877.444.6777. From September 12-25, 2016 all sites are first-come first serve.
Area Amenities: Toilets,Drinking water
Fees Campsite must be occupied every night paid and fees must be paid within 30 minutes of arrival.
  • Single Campsites - $22 per night
  • Multiple Campsites - $40 per night
  • Group Campsites - $100 per night, midweek/$350 per night, weekend
  • Extra Vehicles - $7 per vehicle, per night
  • Day Use - $7 per vehicle, per day
Open Season: 6/23/2017 - 9/24/2017
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: August, September
Busiest Season: August
  • Check-in time is 2:00 pm or later. Check-out time is 1:00 pm.
  • 14 day limit
  • Maximum trailer length: 32 feet
  • Single campsite capacity: 6 persons, 2 vehicles, and 2 tents*
  • Multiple campsite capacity: 8 persons, 3 vehicles, and 3 tents*
  • Use of chainsaws prohibited in campground
  • Dogs MUST be on leash at all times while in the campground
  • See special regulations for Waldo Lake Area
*Additional vehicles that cannot fit within the area of the parking spur must park in the boat launch parking area
Closest Towns:
  • Oakridge, Oregon (31.8 miles)
  • Crescent Junction, Oregon (19 miles)
Water: Faucets
Restroom: Composting toilet
Passes: Golden Age/Access Pass and Interagency Senior/Access Pass allow holder 50% off overnight fee* *Discount does NOT apply to extra vehicle fees or multiple campsites.
Operated By: American Land & Leisure
Information Center: Middle Fork Ranger Station

General Information

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  • Garbage containers, fire rings, interpretive sign

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


31.8 miles east of Oakridge, Oregon

From Oakridge: At the intersection of Crestview Street and Oregon State Highway 58 (the only traffic light on State Highway 58 in Oakridge), travel east on Highway 58 for 23.3 miles.  Turn left on the Waldo Lake Road/Forest Road 5897 and travel 6.7 miles to Forest Road 5896. Turn left onto Forest Road 5896, travel 1.7 miles and the destination will be on your right.  


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Campground Camping

Recreation areas with activity Campground Camping:
  • Tent, auto, trailer sites (maximum trailer length 32 feet)
  • Grey water station
No. of Sites92, 57 reservable
No. of Accessible sitesAll restrooms in the campground are accessible.


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Drinking water
Toilets Composting toilet

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