Recreation

A person rides a mountain bike down a single track trail

The Willamette National Forest has temporarily closed all developed recreation sites to provide for the protection of public health and safety and prevent the spread of COVID-19. The closed sites include campgrounds, day-use sites, trailheads with bathrooms, Sno-Parks, snow shelters, fire lookouts, hot springs, boat launch facilities, and OHV trailhead facilities. See full News Release.

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.
Aufderheide Scenic Byway (Forest Service Road 19) Open to Visitor
Bear Point Trail #3342   

New for 2021, trails in Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Washington, and Three Sisters Wilderness Areas will require a Central Cascades Wilderness Permit for overnight use and some will require one for day-use. Learn more.

Bedrock Campground Open to Visitor
Big Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Currently closed.
Big Lake West Campground Closed to Visitor Currently closed.
Big Meadows Horse Camp Closed to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: Campground closed.
Big Pool Campground Open to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Open
Big Springs Sno-Park Closed to Visitor Sweet Home Ranger District: Sno-Park is currently closed. During winter, a Sno-Park permit is required.
Black Canyon Campground Open to Visitor
Blair Lake Campground Closed to Visitor
Blue Pool Campground (Middle Fork Ranger District) Open to Visitor Make sure to bring drinking water, as the water faucets are unavailable at this time.
Blue River Reservoir Area   
Box Canyon Guard Station Cabin Closed to Visitor Box Canyon Guard Station Cabin facility is currently closed.
Box Canyon Horse Camp   
Breitenbush Campground Open to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: Campground open.
Broken Bowl Campground Open to Visitor No running water. Two porta potties available.
Campers Flat Campground Open to Visitor
Clackamas-Breitenbush Scenic Byway (Forest Rd 46)   
Clark Creek Organization Camp Closed to Visitor Currently closed.
Clear Lake Area   
Cleator Bend Group Campground Closed to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: Campground currently closed.
Cold Water Cove Campground Open to Visitor Currently open.
Cougar Crossing Campground Open to Visitor Open
Cove Creek Campground Open to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: Campground currently open.
Cove Creek Group Campsite Closed to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: Group campsite currently closed.
Crag Trail #3364 Closed to Visitor

New for 2021, trails in Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Washington, and Three Sisters Wilderness Areas will require a Central Cascades Wilderness Permit for overnight use and some will require one for day-use. Learn more.

Crown Lake Trailhead   

New for 2021, trails in Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Washington, and Three Sisters Wilderness Areas will require a Central Cascades Wilderness Permit for overnight use and some will require one for day-use. Learn more.

Dead Mountain Trail #3566 Closed to Visitor Between May 27, 2020- May 27, 2021, the trail will be open Fridays-Sundays and closed Mondays-Thursdays as there is an active timber sale and yarding over the trail with lines over the 1928-210 road.
Dee Wright Observatory Closed to Visitor

New for 2021, trails in Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Washington, and Three Sisters Wilderness Areas will require a Central Cascades Wilderness Permit for overnight use and some will require one for day-use.Learn more.

Delta Campground Open to Visitor
Detroit Flats Day Use Area Open to Visitor
Detroit Lake   
Detroit Ranger District (US Highway 22)   

Weather: Detroit Ranger Station

Santiam Pass

Current Conditions

Diamond Peak Wilderness: Willamette   
Dolly Varden Campground Open to Visitor
Echo Day Use and Boat Launch Open to Visitor
Elk Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: currently closed.
Fall Creek National Recreation Trail #3455 Closed to Visitor 2020: Fall Creek Trail closed due to winter damage.
Fall Creek Trail Area Closed to Visitor 5/20/20: Fall Creek Trail closed due to winter damage from 2019 storm.
Fernview Group Campground Open to Visitor open
Fish Lake Interpretive Day Use Closed to Visitor 5/22/20: Fish Lake area still gated
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 opens for winter season mid-November 2019 through mid-April 2020.Currently closed.
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, 2019 through April 16, 2020.Currently closed.
Fox Creek Group Campground Closed to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: Campground is currently closed.
French Pete Campground Open to Visitor
Frissell Crossing Campground Open to Visitor .
Frissell South Trailhead   

New for 2021, trails in Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Washington, and Three Sisters Wilderness Areas will require a Central Cascades Wilderness Permit for overnight use and some will require one for day-use.�Learn more.

Gold Butte Lookout Closed to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: Cabin is currently closed. Note: It is currently .85 miles from where you are able to park at the end of the road to the cabin.
Gold Lake Area   
Gold Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: currently closed.
Gold Lake Sno-Park Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Sno-Park is closed, warming hut is closed.
Hampton Boat Launch Open to Visitor Middle Fork; Boat launch opens when the water level is of adequate height.
Hard Rock Group Campground Open to Visitor
Harralson Horse Camp Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground is closed.
Hills Creek Reservoir Area   
Hoover Campground Open to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: Campground currently open.
Hoover Group Campsite Closed to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: Group campsite currently closed.
Horse Creek Group Campground Closed to Visitor Group campground currently closed.
House Rock Campground Open to Visitor Campground open
Huckleberry Flats OHV Trail   
Humbug Campground Open to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: Campground currently open.
Ice Cap Campground Open to Visitor
Ikenick Sno-Park Closed to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Closed. During the winter (November-April) a SnoPark permit is required. Sno-Park permit is required.
Indian Ridge Lookout Closed to Visitor
Indigo Springs Campground Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: currently closed.
Iron Mountain Trail #3389   
Islet Campground (Waldo Lake) Closed to Visitor Middle Fork District: Currently closed.
Jefferson Park Area - Mt. Jefferson Wilderness   
Kiahanie Campground Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground is open until late October (weather-dependent).Currently closed.
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 Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Opening and closing depends on water level at Hills Creek Reservoir. Currently closed.
Lava Lake Sno-Park Closed to Visitor Sweet Home Ranger District: Sno-Park is closed. During the winter, a Sno-Park permit is required.
Limberlost Campground Open to Visitor
Little Nash Sno-Park Closed to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Sno-Park is closed.
Longbow Organization Camp Closed to Visitor Currently closed.
Lookout Campground Open to Visitor
Lost Lake Campground Open to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Campground open.
Lost Prairie Group Campground Closed to Visitor Sweet Home Ranger District: Currently closed.
Marion Forks Campground and Day Use Area Closed to Visitor
Maxwell Sno-Park Closed to Visitor Sno-Park is closed. During the winter, a Sno-Park permit is required.
McCoy Motorized Recreation Area   
McCredie Day Use Area & Hot Springs Open to Visitor Currently closed.
McKenzie Bridge Campground Open to Visitor
McKenzie Pass—Santiam Pass Scenic Byway   

New for 2021, trails in Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Washington, and Three Sisters Wilderness Areas will require a Central Cascades Wilderness Permit for overnight use and some will require one for day-use. Learn more.

McKenzie River Area   
McKenzie River National Recreation Trail #3507   
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
Mt. Jefferson Wilderness: Willamette   
Mt. Washington Wilderness: Willamette   

New for 2021, trails in Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Washington, and Three Sisters Wilderness Areas will require a Central Cascades Wilderness Permit for overnight use and some will require one for day-use. Learn more.

North Waldo Campground Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Currently closed.
North Waldo Trail Area   

New for 202,1 trails in Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Washington, and Three Sisters Wilderness Areas will require a Central Cascades Wilderness Permit for overnight use and some will require one for day-use.Learn more.

Obsidian Hiker Trailhead    In 2020, a limited entry permit is required between June 15 and October 31. Starting in 2021, trails in Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Washington, and Three Sisters Wilderness Areas will require a Central Cascades Wilderness Permit for overnight use and some will require one for day-use. Learn more.
Obsidian Stock Trailhead    In 2020, limited entry permits are required between June 15 and October 31, 2020 and can be reserved through recreation.gov.  New for 2021, trails in Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Washington, and Three Sisters Wilderness Areas will require a Central Cascades Wilderness Permit for overnight use and some will require one for day-use. Learn more.
Obsidian Trail #3528    Limited Entry Permits required between June 15 and October 31, 2020 and can be reserved through recreation.gov.  Starting in 2021, trails in Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Washington, and Three Sisters Wilderness Areas will require a Central Cascades Wilderness Permit for overnight use and some will require one for day-use. Learn more.
Olallie Campground Open to Visitor
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
Packard Creek Group Campsite Closed to Visitor Currently closed.
Pamelia Lake Trail Area - Mt. Jefferson Wilderness    Between May 22 and October 31, 2020, limited entry permits must be reserved through recreation.gov. Starting in 2021, trails in Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Washington, and Three Sisters Wilderness Areas will require a Central Cascades Wilderness Permit for overnight use and some will require one for day-use. Learn more.
Pamelia Lake Trailhead    Between May 22 and October 31 a limited entry permit is required. Starting in 2021, trails in Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Washington, and Three Sisters Wilderness Areas will require a Central Cascades Wilderness Permit for overnight use and some will require one for day-use. Learn more.
Paradise Campground Open to Visitor
Piety Island Campground Closed to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: Currently closed.
Potato Hill Sno-Park Closed to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Sno-Park is closed.
Proxy Falls Trail #3532    5/21/20: Many trees down on trail.

New for 2021, trails in Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Washington, and Three Sisters Wilderness Areas will require a Central Cascades Wilderness Permit for overnight use and some will require one for day-use. Learn more.

Puma Campground Open to Visitor
Quaking Aspen Swamp Trail #3332   

New for 2021, trails in Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Washington, and Three Sisters Wilderness Areas will require a Central Cascades Wilderness Permit for overnight use and some will require one for day-use. Learn more.

Ray Benson Sno-Park Closed to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: During the winter a Sno-Park permit is required. Cross-country ski and snowshoe trails are marked with blue blazes. Snowmobile trails are marked with orange blazes. Be cautious in areas that have seen past fire, particularly the area that was burnt during the Shadow Lake fire. Dead trees are likely to fall over throughout the winter. Maintain situational awareness, particularly when the wind starts to blow. Be on the lookout for occasional stumps that are buried just below the snow. The south loop has both ski/snowshoe trails and snowmobile trails. User groups are kept separate on designated trail systems. Make sure you know which trails you can be on.
Red Diamond Group Campground Closed to Visitor Currently closed.
Riverside at Detroit Campground Open to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: Campground currently open.
Roaring Creek Trailhead   

New for 2021, trails in Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Washington, and Three Sisters Wilderness Areas will require a Central Cascades Wilderness Permit for overnight use and some will require one for day-use. Learn more.

Roaring River Group Campground Closed to Visitor Campground closed for winter.
Sacandaga Campground Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District:Campground is closed.
Sahalie and Koosah Falls Open to Visitor The parking lot as Sahalie Falls and trail will be closed on June 22-26 while guard rails and hand rails are replaced.
Salmon Creek Falls Campground Open to Visitor
Salt Creek Falls Observation Site and Picnic Area Closed to Visitor The bathrooms at the observation area are closed for the season, the bathrooms in the Sno-Park are available for use, when open. 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 Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Sno-Park is closed.
Sand Mountain Lookout   

New for 2021, trails in Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Washington, and Three Sisters Wilderness Areas will require a Central Cascades Wilderness Permit for overnight use and some will require one for day-use.Learn more.

Sand Prairie Campground Open to Visitor
Santiam Flats Campground Open to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: Campground currently open.
Santiam Pass OHV Motorized Recreation Area   
Santiam Sno-Park Closed to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Sno-Park is closed. During the winter a Sno-Park permit is required. Most sleds and all tubes are non-directional devices, so be very careful in choosing a lane to sled down. DO NOT BUILD JUMPS AT THE SANTIAM SNOPLAY AREA!
Santiam Wagon Road Trail: An Oregon Historic Trail   
Scott Lake Campground Closed to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Campground is closed.
Scott Mountain Trail #4339    New for 2021 trails in Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Washington, and Three Sisters Wilderness Areas will require a Central Cascades Wilderness Permit for overnight use and some will require one for day-use. Learn more.
Secret Campground Open to Visitor
Sevenmile Horse Camp Open to Visitor No services.
Shadow Bay Campground (Waldo Lake) Closed to Visitor Currently closed.
Shady Cove Campground Closed to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: Currently closed.
Skookum Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Currently closed.
Slide Creek Campground Open to Visitor
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 Breitenbush Gorge Trail #3366   

New for 2021, trails in Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Washington, and Three Sisters Wilderness Areas will require a Central Cascades Wilderness Permit for overnight use and some will require one for day-use. Learn more.

South Breitenbush Trailhead   

New for 2021, trails in Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Washington, and Three Sisters Wilderness Areas will require a Central Cascades Wilderness Permit for overnight use and some will require one for day-use. Learn more.

South Pyramid Horse Camp Closed to Visitor Currently closed.
Southshore Campground Open to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: Campground currently open.
Sunnyside Campground Open to Visitor
Sweet Home Ranger District (US Highway 20)    Weather: Sweet Home Ranger Station | Santiam Pass
Road Conditions
Tamolitch Falls (Blue Pool) #3507    The trail from McKenzie Bridge trailhead to Tamolitch Falls (Blue Pool) will be closed June 15-18 while a bridge is replaced. 
Terwilliger (Cougar) Hot Springs Closed to Visitor 5/22/20: currently closed.
Three Pools Day Use Area Closed to Visitor Currently closed. Watch for potholes on the road to the area.
Three Sisters Wilderness: Willamette   

New for 2021, trails in Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Washington, and Three Sisters Wilderness Areas will require a Central Cascades Wilderness Permit for overnight use and some will require one for day-use. Learn more.

Timber Butte Cabin Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Cabin is currently closed.
Timpanogas Cabin Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Cabin is closed.
Timpanogas Campground Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: currently closed. Water has been shut off at the campground.
Tombstone Sno-Park Closed to Visitor Sweet Home Ranger District: Sno-Park is closed.
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 Open
Waldo Lake Area   
Waldo Lake Sno-Park Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Sno-Park is closed.
Waldo Lake Wilderness   
Warner Mountain Lookout Closed to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Cabin is currently closed.
Whispering Falls Campground Open to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: Campground currently open.
Winter Recreation Area: Santiam Pass (Hwy 20) Closed to Visitor 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) Closed to Visitor 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 open
Areas & Activities

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