Detroit Lake Oregon

Detroit Lake Oregon. This beautiful lake formed by the building of the Detroit Dam is nine miles long and one of Oregon's best lakes for enjoying the beautiful outdoors in the Cascade Mountains.

Detroit Lake Oregon Campgrounds

Detroit Lake

James Cohen

There are six campgrounds scattered around the lake which offer camping sites for RV's and tents. A day-use park has two swimming areas, two playgrounds, and a wildlife viewing area. Campgrounds are open mid-March to September 30 unless noted below. Camping fees run from $10 to $16 (at the time of writing) and $5 for day use. Group sites are $20 to $36. There is a $5 charge for an extra vehicle.

The town of Detroit, Oregon is nearby for supplies.

To get to Detroit Lake Oregon take Highway 22 east out of Salem, Oregon.

Cove Creek Campground

Campsite Beside Lake


Cove Creek Campground had 63 sites for RV's and tents. There is a boat launch with dock, water, coin-operated showers, fire rings and grills, picnic tables and flush toilets. Firewood is sold on site. There are facilities for the disabled. A nearby group site is available for groups up to 70 people. Parking space is limited. Stay is limited to 14 days.

Campsites at Cove Creek are first come first serve. The group site can be reserved by calling 1-877-444-6777.

South Shore Campground

Detroit Lake

Aaron | Dan

South Shore Campground has 30 sites for tents and RV's. RV's are limited to 30 feet. There are no hookups at this campground. Facilities include drinking water, vault toilets, picnic tables, fire rings, vault toilets, garbage collection, and wood sold on site. There is one accessible toilet with compacted rock entrance. There is a primitive boatlaunch and wastewater disposal.

The campground has a day-use area with picnic tables. Campsites are first come first served. Stay is limited to 14 days.

Hoover Campground

Detroit Dam


Hoover Campground has 37 sites for RV's and tents. The maximum length for RV's is 30 feet and there are no hookups. The campground has flush toilets, drinking water, garbage pickup, a boat launch and loading dock, an amphitheater, an interpretive trail, fishing platform, and a nature trail. Each site has a fire ring, grill, and picnic table. Wood is sold on site.

There is access for the disabled at 13 sites, two toilets, the fishing platform and the nature trail.

This is a first come first serve campground. Stay is limited to 14 days.

The adjacent group site is for groups with up to 70 people and a maximum of 20 vehicles. Reservations can be made for the group site by phoning 1-877-444-6777.

Santiam Flats Campground

This campground is open year round but it has a 7-day stay limit. There are 32 sites for tents and RV's with no maximum length for RV's. Each site has a fire ring and picnic table. The campground has toilets, water, and garbage pick up. This is a no reservation campground.

Piety Island Campground

As the name suggests, the only way to get to this campground is by boat and all 22 campsites are for tents only. Each campsite has a fire ring, grill, and picnic table. Facilities include pit toilets and garbage removal. There is no water available. The only firewood available is uncut logs found on the island. No reservations.

Detroit Lake State Park

Detroit Lake Marina


Detroit Lake State Park has 106 full hookup sites and 72 electical sites for RV's. There are 133 tent sites and 82 boat slips. Along with swimming areas and playgrounds there is also a visitor center that has historical exhibits. A store also has ice, soft drinks, toys, and firewood.

The Mongold day-use area has two swimming areas and two playgrounds.

For reservations phone 1-800-452-5687. If all you want is information you can call (503)854-3346 or (800) 551-6949.

Something nice about Detroit Lake Oregon: The lake is very long - nine miles from one end to the other. For your convenience and to protect the environment when you want to be out on the water for hours at a time, there are three floating toilets on the lake.

Breitenbush Hot Springs is only ten miles away and is a fun place for a day visit while you are at Detroit Lake. Breitenbush Hot Springs.

Detroit Lake