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 a clear days, catch stunning views of the snow capped 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. Opening dependent on ODOT’s opening date of Highway 242 (Old McKenzie Highway). Depending on weather or equipment delays, the earliest ODOT will open the highway to motor vehicles is Monday, June 19, 2017. If the campground is accessible via the east side (from Sisters, OR), the campground may operate in a no fee/no service status until the west side gate opens.
Fees $5 per vehicle, per day 
Open Season: mid-June. Opening dependent on ODOT’s opening date of Highway 242 (Old McKenzie Highway) - Late October (Closing dependent on ODOT’s closing 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: Recreation Passes may be used as a form of fee payment. See Benson/Tenas Trailhead
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 providd

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

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