North Waldo Campground

Area Status: Closed
Road leading to water's edge with several sailboats moored nearby

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: 03/22/24: Temporarily closed due to Cedar Creek Fire. See closure order and map.

Reservations: Reserve online at or phone 1.877.444.6777. Over half the campsites are available for advance reservation via The remainder are first come first serve.
Area Amenities: Boat ramp, Picnic tables, Toilets, Drinking water
  • Single Campsites - $27 per night
  • Multiple Campsites - $50 per night
  • Extra vehicles - $8 per vehicle, per night
Campsite must be occupied every night paid, and fees must be paid within 30 minutes of arrival. Download the mobile app prior to your trip so you can pay the overnight fee onsite with Scan and Pay.
Usage: Heavy
  • See special regulations for Waldo Lake Area
  • Single campsite capacity: 6 persons, 2 vehicles, and 2 tents*
  • Multiple campsite capacity: 8 persons, 3 vehicles, and 3 tents*
  • 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
*Additional vehicles that cannot fit within the area of the parking spur must park in the boat launch parking area
Closest Towns:
  • Oakridge, Oregon (36.5 miles)
  • Crescent Junction, Oregon (23.7 miles)
Water: Faucets
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

General Information


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.

General Notes:

Campground Map

  • Amphitheater, interpretive sign, garbage containers, fire rings, swimming area

Close to:

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

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

Recreation 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 Fishing

Recreation areas with activity Lake and Pond Fishing:

Day Hiking

Recreation areas with activity Day Hiking:


Recreation areas with activity Picnicking:

Boating - Non-Motorized

Recreation 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.


Recreation areas with activity Swimming:


Toilets: Vault & Compost

Related Information

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Recreation Activities



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5400 feet