Shadow Bay Campground (Waldo Lake)

Area Status: Closed

This 92-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.

There are three areas of the campground that can be reserved as group sites.

  • Group Site B can accommodate 120 people and 19 vehicles.
  • Group Site C can accommodate 120 people and 17 vehicles.
  • Group Site E can accommodate 30 people and 5 vehicles.

Hikers, equestrians, and mountain bikers can traverse the Shoreline 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: Closed for 2023 season.
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: Toilets, Drinking water
  • Single Campsites - $27 per night
  • Multiple Campsites - $50 per night
  • Group Sites
    • Site B and C - $424 per night
    • Site E - $121 per night
  • Extra Vehicles - $9 per vehicle, per night
  • Day Use - $9 per vehicle, per day
Campsite must be occupied every night paid and fees must be paid within 30 minutes of arrival. 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
Best Season: August, September
Busiest Season: August
  • Single campsite capacity: 6 persons, 2 vehicles, and 2 tents*
  • Multiple campsite capacity: 8 persons, 3 vehicles, and 3 tents*
  • See special regulations for Waldo Lake Area
  • 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 (31.8 miles)
  • Crescent Junction, Oregon (19 miles)
Water: Faucets
Restroom: 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


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.  


General Notes:

Campground Map

  • Garbage containers, fire rings, interpretive sign

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 32 feet)
  • Grey water station
No. of Sites 92, 57 reservable
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

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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: Composting toilet
Drinking water:

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Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities



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5,400 feet