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 Closed to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Campground currently closed. Opening is dependent on McKenzie Highway (Oregon 242), which is closed in the winter. Visit tripcheck.com for road conditions.
Bedrock Campground Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground is closed until further notice due to impacts from wildfires.
Big Lake Campground Closed to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Campground is currently closed. Opens May 25, 2018
Big Lake West Campground Closed to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Campground is currently closed. Opens May 25, 2018
Big Meadows Horse Camp Closed to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: Campground is currently closed. Opens July 1, 2018 (weather dependent)
Big Pool Campground Open to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground is currently open. Closes September 9, 2018
Big Springs Sno-Park Closed 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 Open 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 is currently closed. Opens early June 2018 (weather dependent)
Blue Pool Campground (Middle Fork Ranger District) Open to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground opens May 18, 2018. Closes September 23.
Blue River Reservoir Area   
Box Canyon Guard Station Cabin Open to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Cabin is currently open. Closes October 21, 2018.
Box Canyon Horse Camp    McKenzie River Ranger District: Campground open year round, but Forest Service Rd 19 is not maintained for snow and ice in the winter.
Breitenbush Campground Closed to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: Campground is currently closed. Opens May 25, 2018
Broken Bowl Campground Open to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground is currently open. Closes September 23, 2018
Campers Flat Campground Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground is currently closed. Opens May 25, 2018
Clark Creek Organization Camp Open to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground is currently open. Closes September 23, 2018
Clear Lake Area   
Cleator Bend Group Campground Closed to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: Campground is currently closed. Opens May 25, 2018
Cold Water Cove Campground Closed to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Campground is currently closed. Opens May 25, 2018
Cougar Crossing Campground Open to Visitor 5/8/2018: Access to the campground from Hwy 126 is CLOSED due to a landslide on Forest Service Road 19 (Aufderheide Scenic Byway). The road closure will likely be in place for several months. Forest Order 06-18-01-18-06
Cougar Reservoir Area    5/8/2018: Access to Terwilliger (Cougar) Hot Springs from Hwy 126 is CLOSED due to a landslide on Forest Service Road 19 (Aufderheide Scenic Byway). The road closure will likely be in place for several months. Forest Order 06-18-01-18-06
Cove Creek Campground Open to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: Campground is currently open. Closes September 16, 2018
Cove Creek Group Campsite Open to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: Campground is currently open. Closes September 19, 2018
Dead Mountain Trail #3566   
Dee Wright Observatory    Access is dependent on McKenzie Highway (Oregon 242), which is closed in the winter. Visit tripcheck.com for road conditions.
Delta Campground Open to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Campground is currently open. Closes October 8, 2018
Detroit Flats Day Use Area    4/17/2018: Day use area open. Will close for construction later in the summer of 2018.
Detroit Lake Area   
Detroit Ranger District (US Highway 22)    Weather: Detroit Ranger Station | Santiam Pass
Road Conditions
Diamond Peak Wilderness: Willamette   
Dolly Varden Campground Open to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground currently open. Closes September 23, 2018
Elk Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: Campground open year round, weather dependent. 4/17/2018: Campground is inaccessible due to packed snow and ice on the road.
Fall Creek National Recreation Trail #3455 Closed to Visitor All segments of Fall Creek Trail (#3455) are CLOSED east of Forest Road 1821 due to impacts from Jones Fire…details
Fall Creek Trail Area    All segments of Fall Creek Trail (#3455) are CLOSED east of Forest Road 1821 due to impacts from Jones Fire…details
Fernview Group Campground Open to Visitor Sweet Home Ranger District: Campground opens May 5, 2018. Closes September 23, 2018.
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 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 Open to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: Campground is currently open. Closes October 16, 2018
French Pete Campground Open to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Campground is currently open. Closes September 9, 2018 Between July 1 and August 2, 2018, motorists on Forest Service Road 19 (Aufderheide Drive) should expect road closures Monday through Thursdays and up to 60-minute delays Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays…details
Frissell Crossing Campground Open to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Campground is currently open. Closes September 9, 2018
Gold Butte Lookout Closed to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: Cabin is currently closed. Opens June 26, 2018
Gold Lake Area    05/22/2018: The gate to Gold Lake is now open to access the lake.
Gold Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground is currently closed. Opens May 25, 2018 (dependent on weather).
Gold Lake Sno-Park Closed 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 Open to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Campground is currently open. Closes September 9, 2018 Between July 1 and August 2, 2018, motorists on Forest Service Road 19 (Aufderheide Drive) should expect road closures Monday through Thursdays and up to 60-minute delays Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays…details
Harralson Horse Camp Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground is currently closed. Opens late June, 2018 (weather dependent)
Hills Creek Reservoir Area   
Hoover Campground Open to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: Campground is currently open. Closes September 15, 2018
Hoover Group Campsite Open to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: Campground is currently open. Closes September 15, 2018
Horse Creek Group Campground Open to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Campground currently open. Closes October 21, 2018
House Rock Campground Open to Visitor Sweet Home Ranger District: Campground is opens May 5, 2018. Closes September 23, 2018.
Huckleberry Flats OHV Trail   
Humbug Campground Open to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: Campground currently open. Closes September 16, 2018.
Ice Cap Creek Campground Closed to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Campground currently closed for construction. Opens July 4, 2018
Ikenick Sno-Park Closed 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: Cabin is currently closed. Opens July 1, 2018
Indigo Springs Campground Open to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground open year round (weather dependent)
Iron Mountain Trail #3389   
Islet Campground (Waldo Lake) Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground is currently closed. Opens June 8, 2018 (weather dependent) 5/17/2018: The road to Waldo Lake is blocked by snow approximately 6 miles from Hwy 58.
Jefferson Park Area - Mt. Jefferson Wilderness    5/3/2018: Due to impacts from the Whitewater Fire, the Whitewater Trail is closed...details
Kiahanie Campground Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground is currently closed. Opens May 22, 2018 (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 Closed to Visitor Sweet Home Ranger District: Sno-Park is open November 1, 2018 – April 30, 2019. A Sno-Park permit is required.
Limberlost Campground Open to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Campground is currently open. Closes September 16, 2018
Little Nash Sno-Park Closed 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 Open to Visitor Sweet Home Ranger District: Camp opens May 5, 2018. Closes September 23, 2018.
Lookout Campground Open to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Campground open year round, weather dependent
Lost Lake Campground Closed to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Campground currently closed. Opens late May 2018 (dependent on snow levels).
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 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 Open to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Campground is currently open. Closes September 16, 2018
McKenzie River Area   
McKenzie River National Recreation Trail #3507    5/1/2018: Spring runoff has caused heavy flooding on the trail south of Carmen Reservoir. At this point the trail is impassable until water levels drop. The flooding is likely to persist for another two to three weeks. Contact the McKenzie River Ranger Station for updates, 541-822-3381.
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 Open to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Campground is currently open. Closes September 9, 2018
Mt. Jefferson Wilderness: Willamette    5/3/2018: Due to impacts from the Whitewater Fire, the Whitewater Trail is closed...details
Mt. Washington Wilderness: Willamette   
North Waldo Campground Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground is currently closed. Opens June 8, 2018 (weather dependent) 5/17/2018: The road to Waldo Lake is blocked by snow approximately 6 miles from Hwy 58.
North Waldo Trail Area    5/17/2018: The road to Waldo Lake is blocked by snow approximately 6 miles from Hwy 58.
Obsidian Trail #3528    Access is dependent on McKenzie Highway (Oregon 242), which is closed in the winter. Visit tripcheck.com for road conditions.
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 Open to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground is currently open. Closes September 23, 2018
Packard Creek Group Campsite Open to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground is currently open. Closes September 23, 2018
Pamelia Lake Trail Area - Mt. Jefferson Wilderness   
Paradise Campground Open to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Campground is currently open. 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 Closed 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    Access is dependent on McKenzie Highway (Oregon 242), which is closed in the winter. Visit tripcheck.com for road conditions.
Puma Campground Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground is closed until further notice due to impacts from wildfires.
Ray Benson Sno-Park Closed 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 Open to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Campground is currently open. Closes September 9, 2018 Between July 1 and August 2, 2018, motorists on Forest Service Road 19 (Aufderheide Drive) should expect road closures Monday through Thursdays and up to 60-minute delays Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays…details
Riverside at Detroit Campground Open to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: Campground currently open. Closes September 9, 2018.
Roaring River Group Campground Open to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Campground currently open. Closes October 21, 2018. Between July 1 and August 2, 2018, motorists on Forest Service Road 19 (Aufderheide Drive) should expect road closures Monday through Thursdays and up to 60-minute delays Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays…details
Sacandaga Campground Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground is currently closed. Opens June 15, 2018 (weather dependent)
Sahalie and Koosah Falls Open to Visitor
Salmon Creek Falls Campground Open to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground is currently open. Closes September 3, 2018
Salt Creek Falls Observation Site and Picnic Area   
Salt Creek 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.
Sand Prairie Campground Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground is currently closed. Opens May 25, 2018
Santiam Flats Campground Open to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: Campground is currently open. Closes September 21, 2018
Santiam Pass OHV Motorized Recreation Area   
Santiam Sno-Park Closed to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Sno-Park is open November 1, 2018 – April 30, 2019. A Sno-Park permit is required.
Santiam Wagon Road Trail: An Oregon Historic Trail   
Scott Lake Campground Closed to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Campground is currently closed. Opening is dependent on McKenzie Highway (Oregon 242), which is closed in the winter. Visit tripcheck.com for road conditions.
Secret Campground Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground is currently closed. Opens May 25, 2018
Shadow Bay Campground (Waldo Lake) Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground is currently closed. Opens June 23, 2018 (weather dependent) 5/17/2018: The road to Waldo Lake is blocked by snow approximately 6 miles from Hwy 58.
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 currently closed. Opens May 28, 2018 (weather dependent)
Slide Creek Campground Open to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Campground is currently open. Closes September 9, 2018
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
Southshore Campground Closed to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: Campground is currently closed. Opens May 25, 2018
Sunnyside Campground Open to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Campground is currently open. Closes September 8, 2018
Sweet Home Ranger District (US Highway 20)    Weather: Sweet Home Ranger Station | Santiam Pass
Road Conditions
Tamolitch Falls (Blue Pool) #3507    4/18/2018: Expect standing water and mud on the trail. Bring proper footwear and attire and please stay on the trail to reduce resource damage.
Terwilliger (Cougar) Hot Springs   

5/17/2018: Terwilliger Hot Springs will be closed May 22-23 for improvements to the upper pool.

Access to Terwilliger (Cougar) Hot Springs from Hwy 126 is CLOSED due to a landslide on Forest Service Road 19 (Aufderheide Scenic Byway). The road closure will likely be in place for several months. Forest Order 06-18-01-18-06

Three Pools Day Use Area    4/17/2018: Area is accessible (snow free). 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 Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Cabin is currently closed. Opens June 30, 2018
Timpanogas Campground Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground is currently closed. Opens June 8, 2018 (weather dependent)
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 Open to Visitor Sweet Home Ranger District: Campground is currently opens May 5, 2018. Closes September 23.
Waldo Lake Area    5/17/2018: The road to Waldo Lake is blocked by snow approximately 6 miles from Hwy 58.
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 Open to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Cabin is currently open. Closes May 29, 2018
Whispering Falls Campground Open to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: Campground opens May 18, 2018. Closes September 9, 2018.
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 Open to Visitor Sweet Home Ranger District: Campground opens May 5, 2018. Closes September 23.