Recreation

A person rides a mountain bike down a single track trail

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.
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 Open to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: Campground is currently open. Closes late October (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 Open to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground is currently open. Open through mid October 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. *June 5, 2018 -- water pump is temporarily broken; No portable water at site
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 Open to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: Campground is currently open. Closes September 16, 2018
Broken Bowl Campground Open to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground is currently open. Closes September 23, 2018
Campers Flat Campground Open to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground is currently open. Closes September 16, 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 Open to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: Campground is currently open. Closes September 16, 2018
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

7/9/2018: Due to road construction closures, campground is not accessible Monday through Thursday. On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays it can be accessed on a first-come first-serve basis via alternate routes but roads may not be suitable for passenger vehicles. No reservations are being accepted through August 2. construction details and map

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   

7/9/2018: Due to road construction closures, portions of Road 19 are closed Monday through Thursday. On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays expect up to 60 min delays...construction details and map

Access 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    Construction of new parking, toilets, picnic tables, and paths at Detroit Flats Day Use Area will require the area to be closed starting in late July. details
Detroit Lake Area    The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has issued a blue-green algae advisory for Detroit Lake. Don't go into water that is foamy, scummy, thick like paint, pea-green, blue-green or brownish red. A good rule of thumb for you and your pet is: When in Doubt, Stay Out! To learn if an advisory has been issued or lifted for a specific water body, visit the Harmful Algae Blooms website at ” or call the Oregon Public Health Division toll-free information line at 877-290-6767.
Detroit Ranger District (US Highway 22)   

Weather: Detroit Ranger Station

Santiam Pass

Current Conditions

Diamond Peak Wilderness: Willamette   
Dolly Varden Campground Open to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground currently open. Closes September 23, 2018
Echo Day Use and Boat Launch   
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 5/29/2018: 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    5/29/2018: 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 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 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 Open to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: Campground is currently open. Closes October 16, 2018
French Pete Campground Closed to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Campground is currently open. Closes September 9, 2018

7/9/2018: Due to road construction closures, campground is not accessible Monday through Thursday. On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays it can be accessed on a first-come first-serve basis via alternate routes but roads may not be suitable for passenger vehicles. No reservations are being accepted through August 2…construction details and map

Frissell Crossing Campground Open to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Campground is currently open. Closes September 9, 2018
Gold Butte Lookout Open to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: Cabin is currently open. Closes October 15, 2018
Gold Lake Area    05/22/2018: The gate to Gold Lake is now open to access the lake.
Gold Lake Campground Open to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground is currently open. Closes October 8, 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 Open to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground is currently open. Closes late October (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 Open to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Campground opens July 4, 2018. Closes September 9, 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 Open to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Cabin is currently open. Closes October 13, 2018
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) Open to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground is currently open. Closes late September (weather dependent).
Jefferson Park Area - Mt. Jefferson Wilderness    5/3/2018: Due to impacts from the Whitewater Fire, the Whitewater Trail is closed...details
Kiahanie Campground Open to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground is currently open. Closes late October, 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 Open to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Campground currently open. Closes 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 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   
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 Open to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground is currently open. Closes October 8, 2018 (weather dependent).
North Waldo Trail Area    5/25/2018: The road to Waldo Lake is snow free and drivable all the way up to North Waldo boat launch.
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 Open to Visitor 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 Open to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground is currently open. Closes mid October.
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    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 open November 1, 2018 – April 30, 2019. A Sno-Park permit is required.
Sand Prairie Campground Open to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground is currently open. Closes September 16, 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    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 currently open. Closes late October
Secret Campground Open to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground is currently open. Closes September 16, 2018
Sevenmile Horse Camp   
Shadow Bay Campground (Waldo Lake) Open to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground is currently open. Closes September 23, 2018.
Shady Cove Campground Open to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: Campground open year round, weather dependent.
Skookum Creek Campground Open to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground is currently open. Opens closes mid-October, 2018 (weather dependent)
Slide Creek Campground Closed to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Campground is currently open. Closes September 9, 2018

7/9/2018: Due to road construction closures, campground is not accessible Monday through Thursday. On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays it can be accessed on a first-come first-serve basis via alternate routes but roads may not be suitable for passenger vehicles. No reservations are being accepted through August 2…construction details and map

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 Open to Visitor Detroit Ranger District: Campground is currently open. Closes September 9, 2018
Sunnyside Campground Closed to Visitor McKenzie River Ranger District: Campground is currently open. Closes September 8, 2018

7/9/2018: Due to road construction closures, campground is not accessible Monday through Thursday. On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays it can be accessed on a first-come first-serve basis via alternate routes but roads may not be suitable for passenger vehicles. No reservations are being accepted through August 2. construction details and map

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    6/1/2018: 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
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 Open to Visitor Middle Fork Ranger District: Campground is currently open. Closes in early October.
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    5/25/2018: The road to Waldo Lake is almost snow free and drivable all the way up to North Waldo boat launch.
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 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.
Areas & Activities

Highlights