On the lakeside shores of a forest ringed canyon, where the snow-dusted peak of handsome Mt. Jefferson sneaks into view, Detroit Lake Recreation Area harbors an abundance of aquatic adventure. Come here to launch your boat, to kayak, to windsurf, to submerge yourself beneath glistening surfaces, to bait Kokanee Salmon and Rainbow Trout and to simply appreciate the enchantment of alpine lakes that mirror the scars of mountains. Come here with the whole family for a Cascades camping experience you won’t forget or make a day stop as you explore all the wondrous nooks and crannies lining the North Santiam Highway.
Detroit Lake is a camping paradise for boating enthusiasts, families that want to keep their kiddos entertained and appreciators of the Cascade’s...
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History of Detroit Lake State Recreation Area
The Detroit Lake area originally was obtained in 1955 under special use permit from the U. S. Forest Service with the cooperation of the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers. This location had been a developed Forest Service campground prior to its lease to State Parks. The park is forested with second growth Douglas fir and was extensively logged in the period before the World War II. The 400-foot-deep reservoir was created in 1953 when the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers completed the Detroit Dam project. The lake and the dam were named after the community of Detroit, populated originally by people from Michigan.