Recreation

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The Willamette National Forest offers a stunning choice of year round recreation for day-trippers and vacationers alike from hiking, camping, fishing or skiing in the Cascade Mountains to picnicking or rafting along one of our scenic rivers. Seven major volcanic peaks rise within the Forest's Wilderness areas: Mt. Jefferson, Three Fingered Jack, Mt. Washington, the Three Sisters, and Diamond Peak.

Visitor Map

Use our recreation map to find activities to enjoy your time in the Willamette National Forest.

 

The recreation conditions report Displays area conditions for all camping and cabins on the Willamette National Forest as well as popular recreation sites and sno-park conditions (in the winter months). Many campgrounds and cabins can be reserved online at www.recreation.gov or phone 1.877.444.6777. For a full list of campgrounds north to south by ranger district click here.

Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Alder Springs Campground Open to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Campground currently open. Closes late October.
Aufderheide Scenic Byway (Forest Service Road 19) Closed to Visitor

9/18/2018: McKenzie River Ranger District: Section of road is closed for public and firefighter safety due to the Terwilliger Fire...details

9/18/2018: Expect heavy equipment and delays from milepost 2.5 to milepost 12 September 20 – 21, 2018.

Bedrock Campground Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground is closed until further notice due to impacts from wildfires.
Big Lake Campground Open to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Campground is currently open. Closes October 8, 2018
Big Lake West Campground Open to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Campground is currently open. Closes October 8, 2018
Big Meadows Horse Camp Closed to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: Campground closes October 31, 2018 (weather dependent)
Big Pool Campground Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground is currently closed. Opens late April, 2019 (weather dependent)
Big Springs Sno-Park Open to Visitor Sweet Home Ranger District: Sno-Park is open November 1, 2018 – April 30, 2019. A Sno-Park permit is required.
Black Canyon Campground Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground Opens May 18, 2018. Closes September 30.
Blair Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground open through mid October 2018 (weather dependent)
Blue Pool Campground (Middle Fork Ranger District) Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground closed through mid May, 2019.
Blue River Reservoir Area   
Box Canyon Guard Station Cabin Closed to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: 9/18/2018: Closed for public and firefighter safety due to the Terwilliger Fire...details
Box Canyon Horse Camp Closed to Visitor 9/18/2018: Closed for public and firefighter safety due to the Terwilliger Fire...details
Breitenbush Campground Closed to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: Campground closed through May 23, 2019
Broken Bowl Campground Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground closed through late April, 2019.
Campers Flat Campground Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground closed through late May 2019.
Clackamas-Breitenbush Scenic Byway (Forest Rd 46)   
Clark Creek Organization Camp Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground is closed through May 2, 2019
Clear Lake Area   
Cleator Bend Group Campground Closed to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: Campground closed through May 23, 2019
Cold Water Cove Campground Open to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Campground is currently open. Closes October 8, 2018
Cougar Crossing Campground Closed to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: 9/18/2018: Closed for public and firefighter safety due to the Terwilliger Fire...details
Cougar Reservoir Area    9/18/2018: Some areas are closed for public and firefighter safety due to the Terwilliger Fire...details
Cove Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: Campground closed through May 9, 2019
Cove Creek Group Campsite Closed to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: Campground closed through May 9, 2019
Dead Mountain Trail #3566   
Dee Wright Observatory   
Delta Campground Open to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Campground is currently open. Closes October 8, 2018
Detroit Flats Day Use Area Closed to Visitor 8/24/2018: Area closed. Construction to develop a new visitor portal, day use area, road re-construction, trails, and paths will occur between July 26 and November 21. During this time, the Detroit Flats Day Use Area and Detroit Road S. (from the intersection with Santiam Ave to the Detroit Flats Day Use Area) will be closed to public use. Forest Order 06-18-04-18-12 Detroit Flats Closure (includes map)
Detroit Lake   
Detroit Ranger District (US Highway 22)   

Weather: Detroit Ranger Station

Santiam Pass

Current Conditions

Diamond Peak Wilderness: Willamette   
Dolly Varden Campground Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground closed through late April 2019
Echo Day Use and Boat Launch Closed to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: 9/18/2018: Closed for public and firefighter safety due to the Terwilliger Fire...details
Elk Lake Campground Open to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: Campground open year round, weather dependent. 6/6/18: The back circle of the campground is still inaccessible. Restrooms have not been pumped for the season.
Fall Creek National Recreation Trail #3455 Closed to Visitor 9/18/2018: Fall Creek Trail remains closed east of Johnny Creek Road (Forest Service Road 1821) upstream to its end at Fall Creek Road (Forest Service Road 1833). This section of trail will require extensive work and will likely be closed for several more months. View a map of the Jones Fire closure area here
Fall Creek Trail Area    9/18/2018: Fall Creek Trail remains closed east of Johnny Creek Road (Forest Service Road 1821) upstream to its end at Fall Creek Road (Forest Service Road 1833). This section of trail will require extensive work and will likely be closed for several more months. View a map of the Jones Fire closure area here
Fernview Group Campground Closed to Visitor Sweet Home Ranger District: Campground closed through May 4, 2019
Fish Lake Interpretive Day Use   
Fish Lake Remount Depot - Commissary Cabin Closed to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Fish Lake Interpretive Day Use area is open year round to visit. The cabin is currently closed to reservations. Opens for winter season November 10, 2018 through April 16, 2019.
Fish Lake Remount Depot - Hall House Cabin Closed to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Fish Lake Interpretive Day Use area is open year round to visit. The cabin is open to reservations November 10, 2018 through April 16, 2019.
Fox Creek Group Campground Closed to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: Campground is currently open. Closes October 16, 2018
French Pete Campground Closed to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: 9/18/2018: Closed for public and firefighter safety due to the Terwilliger Fire...details
Frissell Crossing Campground Closed to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: 9/18/2018: Closed for public and firefighter safety due to the Terwilliger Fire...details
Gold Butte Lookout Closed to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: Cabin is currently open. Closes October 15, 2018
Gold Lake Area   
Gold Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground is open May through the end of October(dependent on weather).
Gold Lake Sno-Park Open to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Sno-Park is open November 1, 2018 through April 30, 2019. A Sno-Park permit is required.
Hard Rock Group Campground Closed to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: 9/18/2018: Closed for public and firefighter safety due to the Terwilliger Fire...details
Harralson Horse Camp Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground is open through late October (weather dependent).
Hills Creek Reservoir Area   
Hoover Campground Closed to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: Campground closed through May 2, 2019.
Hoover Group Campsite Closed to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: Campground closed through May 2, 2019.
Horse Creek Group Campground Open to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Campground currently open. Closes October 21, 2018
House Rock Campground Closed to Visitor Sweet Home Ranger District: Campground closed through May 4, 2019
Huckleberry Flats OHV Trail    Northwest Off Road Association (NORA) will be having an off-road motorcycle race at Huckleberry Flats OHV area this Sunday. For safety reasons the Huckleberry Flats OHV area will be closed to all other users on Oct 21. As of 7/26/2018 Huckleberry OHV area remains open. Motorized vehicles may operate only on designated trails and roads. Fire restrictions in effect. Check https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/willamette/fire for fire information and updates.
Humbug Campground Closed to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: Campground closed through May 9, 2019
Ice Cap Creek Campground Closed to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Campground closed through May 3, 2019.
Ikenick Sno-Park Open to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Sno-Park is open November 1, 2018 – April 30, 2019. A Sno-Park permit is required.
Indian Ridge Lookout Closed to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: 9/18/2018: Closed for public and firefighter safety due to the Terwilliger Fire...details
Indigo Springs Campground Open to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground open year round (weather dependent)
Iron Mountain Trail #3389    6/18/2018: Trail cleared of downed logs and brush
Islet Campground (Waldo Lake) Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground closes late October(weather dependent).
Jefferson Park Area - Mt. Jefferson Wilderness    9/18/2018: Due to impacts from the Whitewater Fire, the Whitewater Trail is closed...details
Kiahanie Campground Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground is open through late October(weather dependent)
Lakes End Campground Closed to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Campground CLOSED through the year 2021. Eugene Water and Electric Board (EWEB) has closed Trail Bridge Campground, Lakes End Campground, Trail Bridge Reservoir Boat Launch, and Smith Reservoir for five years (through the year 2021) for work on the Carmen-Smith hydroelectric facilities. In addition, Forest Service Roads 690, 730, and 689 will be closed for the duration of the project. The McKenzie River Trail and associated trailheads will remain open...details
Larison Cove Picnic Area and Canoe Campsites    Middle Fork Ranger District: Opening and closing depends on water level at Hills Creek Reservoir
Lava Lake Sno-Park Open to Visitor Sweet Home Ranger District: Sno-Park is open November 1, 2018 – April 30, 2019. A Sno-Park permit is required.
Limberlost Campground Closed to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Campground closed through May 2, 2019.
Little Nash Sno-Park Open to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Sno-Park is open November 1, 2018 – April 30, 2019. A Sno-Park permit is required.
Longbow Organization Camp Closed to Visitor Sweet Home Ranger District: Camp closed through May 4, 2019
Lookout Campground Open to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Campground open year round, weather dependent
Lost Lake Campground Open to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Campground open through late October.
Lost Prairie Group Campground Open to Visitor Sweet Home Ranger District: Campground opens May 18, 2018. Closes October 20, 2018.
Marion Forks Campground and Day Use Area Open to Visitor Delays of up to 20 minutes will occur on Forest Service Road 2255 at Puzzle Creek Bridge to improve the integrity of the road bed. The location is approximately 2.5 miles from the Hwy. 22/FSR 2255 junction. Operations will take place Monday through Friday Oct 22- Nov 2, from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Detroit Ranger District: Campground open year round, weather dependent.
Maxwell Sno-Park Closed to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: Sno-Park is open November 1, 2018 – April 30, 2019. A Sno-Park permit is required.
McCoy Motorized Recreation Area   
McCredie Day Use Area & Hot Springs   
McKenzie Bridge Campground Closed to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Campground closed through April 18, 2019
McKenzie Pass—Santiam Pass Scenic Byway   
McKenzie River Area   
McKenzie River National Recreation Trail #3507    8/2/18: Trail cleared of downed logs
McKenzie River Ranger District (Hwy 126)    Weather: McKenzie River near the Ranger Station
Road Conditions
Menagerie Wilderness   
Middle Fork National Recreation Trail #3609   
Middle Fork Ranger District (Hwy 58)    Weather: Oakridge | Willamette Pass
Road Conditions
Middle Santiam Wilderness   
Mona Campground Closed to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Campground closed through May 16, 2019.
Mt. Jefferson Wilderness: Willamette   
Mt. Washington Wilderness: Willamette   
North Waldo Campground Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground is currently open. Closes October 8, 2018 (weather dependent).
North Waldo Trail Area   
Obsidian Trail #3528    8/2/18: Trail cleared of downed logs. Limited Entry Permit required.
Olallie Campground Open to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Campground is currently open. Closes October 8, 2018
Opal Creek Scenic Recreation Area   
Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail    For trail conditions, check with the Pacific Crest Trail Association.
Packard Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground closed through April 26, 2019
Packard Creek Group Campsite Open to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground closed through April 26, 2019
Pamelia Lake Trail Area - Mt. Jefferson Wilderness   
Paradise Campground Open to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Campground is currently open. Potable water and flush restrooms will not be available at Paradise Campground until the end of the season. Vault restrooms are available. The fee will be reduced from $24 to $20 for the rest of the season. Closes October 14, 2018
Piety Island Campground Open to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: Campground is open year round, weather and lake level dependent
Potato Hill Sno-Park Open to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Sno-Park is open November 1, 2018 – April 30, 2019. A Sno-Park permit is required.
Proxy Falls Trail #3532    8/2/18: Trail cleared of downed logs.
Puma Campground Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground is closed until further notice due to impacts from wildfires.
Ray Benson Sno-Park Open to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Sno-Park is open November 1, 2018 – April 30, 2019. A Sno-Park permit is required.
Red Diamond Group Campground Closed to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: 9/18/2018: Closed for public and firefighter safety due to the Terwilliger Fire...details
Riverside at Detroit Campground Closed to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: Campground closed through May 9, 2019.
Roaring River Group Campground Closed to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: 9/18/2018: Closed for public and firefighter safety due to the Terwilliger Fire...details
Sacandaga Campground Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground is open through mid October, weather permitting.
Sahalie and Koosah Falls    9/18/2018: Viewing areas and trails open.
Salmon Creek Falls Campground Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground is open through fall/winter, weather permitting.
Salt Creek Falls Observation Site and Picnic Area    A rockslide has damaged the last 100 feet of trail accessing the base of the waterfall. Traveling through the slide area is hazardous and not recommended.
Salt Creek Sno-Park Open to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Sno-Park is open November 1, 2018 – April 30, 2019. A Sno-Park permit is required.
Sand Prairie Campground Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground closed through late May 2019.
Santiam Flats Campground Closed to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: Campground is closed through April 25, 2019
Santiam Pass OHV Motorized Recreation Area   
Santiam Sno-Park Open to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Sno-Park is open November 1, 2018 – April 30, 2019. A Sno-Park permit is required. Santiam Sno-Park will be plowed on 11/30/2018 The Sno-Park is "OPEN" Amount of Snow: 6-10" The snow pack at Santiam Sno-Park is currently described as dense, compacted snow melted by recent rains and warm temperatures.
Santiam Wagon Road Trail: An Oregon Historic Trail    6/18/2018: Trail cleared of downed logs from Latiwi Creek Road to FS 049 junction.
Scott Lake Campground Open to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Campground is open through late October, weather permitting.
Secret Campground Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground closed through late May 2019.
Sevenmile Horse Camp   
Shadow Bay Campground (Waldo Lake) Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground closed through June 20, 2019
Shady Cove Campground Open to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: Campground open year round, weather dependent.
Skookum Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground is open through mid October, weather permitting.
Slide Creek Campground Closed to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: 9/18/2018: Closed for public and firefighter safety due to the Terwilliger Fire...details
Smith Reservoir Area Closed to Visitor Reservoir access CLOSED through the year 2021. Eugene Water and Electric Board (EWEB) has closed Trail Bridge Campground, Lakes End Campground, Trail Bridge Reservoir Boat Launch, and Smith Reservoir for five years (through the year 2021) for work on the Carmen-Smith hydroelectric facilities. In addition, Forest Service Roads 690, 730, and 689 will be closed for the duration of the project. The McKenzie River Trail and associated trailheads will remain open...details
South Pyramid Horse Camp    6/18/2018: South Pyramid Creek Trail cleared of downed logs to South Pyramid Horse Camp
Southshore Campground Closed to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: Campground closed through May 23, 2019.
Sunnyside Campground Closed to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: 9/18/2018: Closed for public and firefighter safety due to the Terwilliger Fire...details
Sweet Home Ranger District (US Highway 20)    Weather: Sweet Home Ranger Station | Santiam Pass
Road Conditions
Tamolitch Falls (Blue Pool) #3507    9/24/2018: The McKenzie River National Recreation Trail will be closed from the Tamolitch Falls (Blue Pool) trailhead to Tamolitch Falls (Blue Pool) October 1-4, and October 9-12. An alternate route can be accessed from Carmen Smith Reservior, at the Ice Cap Creek Day Use Area. From this trailhead it is 3.3 miles one way to Tamolitch Falls (Blue Pool).
Terwilliger (Cougar) Hot Springs Closed to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: 9/18/2018: Closed for public and firefighter safety due to the Terwilliger Fire...details
Three Pools Day Use Area    Watch for potholes on the road to the area.
Three Sisters Wilderness: Willamette   
Timber Butte Cabin Open to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Cabin is currently open. Closes November 19, 2018
Timpanogas Cabin Open to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Cabin is currently open. Closes October 31, 2018
Timpanogas Campground Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground is open through early October, weather permitting.
Tombstone Sno-Park Closed to Visitor Sweet Home Ranger District: Sno-Park is open through November 15, 2018 - April 30, 2019.
Trail Bridge Campground Closed to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Campground closed through the year 2021. Eugene Water and Electric Board (EWEB) has closed Trail Bridge Campground, Lakes End Campground, Trail Bridge Reservoir Boat Launch, and Smith Reservoir for five years (through the year 2021) for work on the Carmen-Smith hydroelectric facilities. In addition, Forest Service Roads 690, 730, and 689 will be closed for the duration of the project. The McKenzie River Trail and associated trailheads will remain open...details
Trout Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Sweet Home Ranger District: Campground closed through May 4, 2019
Waldo Lake Area   
Waldo Lake Sno-Park Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Sno-Park is open November 1, 2018 – April 30, 2019. A Sno-Park permit is required.
Waldo Lake Wilderness   
Warner Mountain Lookout Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Cabin is currently closed. Opens November 1, 2018.
Whispering Falls Campground Closed to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: Campground closed through May 16, 2019.
Winter Recreation Area: Santiam Pass (Hwy 20)    ODOT Road Camera US20 at Santiam Pass
National Weather Service Current Conditions and Forecast
ODOT Sno-Park Information  
Winter Recreation Area: Willamette Pass (Hwy 58)    ODOT Road Camera US58 at Willamette Pass (looking east)
ODOT Road Camera US58 at Willamette Pass (looking west)

National Weather Service Current Conditions and Forecast
ODOT Sno-Park Information
Yukwah Campground Closed to Visitor Sweet Home Ranger District: Campground closed through May 2, 2019
Areas & Activities

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https://www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/willamette/recreation