Big Lake Day Use Area

Area Status: Open

The day use site is located in the Big Lake Campground  on the western shore of Big Lake at the top of Santiam Pass.

Big Lake is very popular for both motorized and non-motorized boating and is a hub of activity in the summer months.  Enjoy views of the lake with the beautiful Mt. Washington as a backdrop.  The area is surrounded by alpine fir, hemlock and lodgepole pine. 

The campground is located adjacent to the Santiam Pass Motorized Recreation Area (area is unavailable) and is a popular campground for OHV enthusiasts.  

Nearby Patjens Lakes Trail offers easy access to the Mt. Washington Wilderness

At a Glance

Area Amenities: Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water
Fees: $8 per vehicle, per day
Usage: Heavy
Passes: No passes honored.
Operated By: American Land & Leisure
Information Center: McKenzie River Ranger District

General Information


From McKenzie Bridge, OR, travel east on Highway 126 for 29.5 miles to Santiam Pass. Turn heading south on Big Lake Road #2690. Follow Big Lake Road for 3 miles to Big Lake Campground on the north side of Big Lake.

General Notes:

Fire rings, paved boat launch, NO firewood

Close to:

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Lake and Pond Fishing

Day Hiking


Reduced service after mid-October until snow or until end of hunting season (whichever occurs first)

No. of Sites 5
Reservation Info No reservations. Sites are available on a first come, first served basis.
No. of Accessible Sites None

Boating - Motorized

Boating - Non-Motorized




Picnic tables:
Toilets: Vault/flush
Drinking water: Piped

Related Information

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities



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4650 feet