Willamette National Forest

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About Willamette National Forest

The Willamette National Forest runs 110 miles along the Cascade Range in western Oregon. The landscape includes a stunning variety of towering mountains with volcanic peaks, densely forested slopes, and narrow ravines. Winding through the Forest are not one, but two Congress-designated “Wild and Scenic Rivers.” Willamette is also known for its cascading waterfalls and has more than 375 lakes. The forest is home to big game like black bear, Roosevelt elk, and cougar. And be on the lookout out for northern bald eagle and wolverine! Both species are rare, but can be spotted in the National Forest.

Campgrounds in Willamette

Humbug Campground
Bah, humbug! Even Ebenezer Scrooge would find it difficult to be grumpy here! Humbug Campground is...
Gold Lake Campground
Embody american hero Huckleberry Finn at Gold Lake Campground. Hike to a primitive log shelter circa...
Frissell Crossing Campground
Today’s menu: angler’s delight. Far removed from the main road and set next to a picturesque babbling...
Secret Campground
Shhh. It’s a secret. Except that it really isn’t because there isn’t a ton of tree cover and the sites...
Delta Campground
Surrounded by water and connected through trails, the Delta Campground is huge! With a total of 38...
Coldwater Cove Campground
Makenzie
Makenzie: Campground is right now Clear Lake. A great place for non-motorized boats and fishing!
Blair Lake Campground
Fish for Brook in the alpine air at Blair Lake Campground; or go the herbivore route and eat all of...
Breitenbush Campground
Breitenbush Campground is located along the cascading Breitenbush River, where you’ll have easy access...
McKenzie Bridge Campground
McKenzie Bridge Campground is kind of a big deal. You have picnic tables, toilets, drinking water,...
Salmon Creek Falls Campground
A local favorite, the Salmon Creek Falls Campground is a small piece of paradise (hint: think fairy...
Sand Prairie Campground
Mmm, hazelnut, and no, we’re not talking about the coffee creamer. Spacious and scented, the Sand...
North Waldo Campground
Madeleine
Madeleine: This is my favorite campsite in all of Oregon. I've visited North Waldo Lake nearly every summer since...
Timpanogas Campground
Timpanogas Campground is located in a high elevation stand of silver, grand, and noble fir. You can...
Sacandaga Campground
Enjoy a touch of history at the Sacandaga Campground conveniently equipped with toilets and drinking...
Puma Campground
It’s at the end of the road, folks. The Puma Campground sits literally at the end of the road and at...
Kiahanie Campground
Don’t move too fast at the Kiahanie Campground or risk distrupting the perfect quietness of this...
Indigo Springs Campground
Be tickled by the tininess of Indigo Spring’s three-site campground set in a stand of Douglas fir...
Packard Creek Campground
Packard Creek Campground is huge and nearly fully accessible. Perfect for large gatherings, Packard...
Campers Flat Campground
Prance amongst Ponderosa pines you camping king or queen, you. Fish, hike, or cycle all within the...
Broken Bowl Campground
Bunker down for a night or two at Broken Bowl Campground before heading down the 13. 7 mile Fall Creek...
Bedrock Campground
Recently shaped by fire and restored in 2005 (reconstruction of amenities and habitat revival),...
Trail Bridge Campground
Makenzie
Makenzie: Right down the road is Smith Reservoir, if your into fishing at all then stop by this place and throw...
Lakes End Campground
Get your landlubbin’ self on a boat, and go explore Lakes End Campground! These 17 sites are popular...
Olallie Campground
Which came first, the river or the creek? No need to answer because both parallel Olalie Lake...
Lost Lake Campground
Lost Lake is no lost cause, in fact it’s quite the popular destination for fishers and hunters who are...
Ice Cap Creek Campground
You’ll find Ice Cap Creek Campground on a bluff up above the McKenzie River and Carmen Reservoir. The...
French Pete Campground
There’s nothing french about the French Pete Campground, but it is pretty cool. Escape the summer heat...
Cougar Crossing Campground
Don’t be confluenced by the junction of the McKenzie River and Cougar Reservoir–there’s plenty of...
Mona Campground
Mona Campground Attention anglers, commodores and landlocked mermaids: welcome to aquatic...
Lookout Campground
Lookout Campground Ahoy able bodied seaman (and women)! Set your anchor at Lookout Campground for...
Big Lake West Campground
This tent-only, little cub campsite next to Big Lake Campground offers a quieter, more secluded...
Alder Springs Campground
Let’s cut to the chase: extreme camping isn’t for everyone. If your packing list looks like a liquor...
Blue Pool Campground
The Blue Pool Campground is close to the highway, but local attractions and activities trump the...
Black Canyon Campground
Black Canyon Campground is going up pretty much every weekend of the summer so arrive early to stake...
Marion Forks Campground
Marion Forks Campground is a great spot for campers seeking some solitude. The campground and trails...
Paradise Campground
This place is paradise if you not only enjoy people watching, but people watching rafters catapulting...
Slide Creek Campground
Oh the choices. Located just 50 miles from Eugene, the Slide Creek Campground has something to offer...
Limberlost Campground
If you had to choose between drinking water and fire to warm yourself at night which would you choose?...
Shady Cove Campground
Shady Grove Campground offers campers a primitive camping experience along the Little North Fork of...
Islet Campground
Islet Campground is located near the sandy beaches of northern Waldo Lake. The wind blows consistently...
Big Pool Campground
Big Pool Campground is a small, shady, and splashy five site camp that offers wet ‘n’ wild water...
Scott Lake Campground
You know that photo that your friend posts to Instagram of a lake surrounded by snow-capped mountains,...
Lost Prairie Campground
The Lost Prairie Campground is located along Hackleman Creek, nestled among towering trees of spruce,...
Sunnyside Campground
Shady grove my little love… Break out the pic ‘n’ guitar at the Sunnyside Campground after a long day...
Big Lake Campground
A holy grail for water recreation seekers, this multi-use campground stretches across the western...
Hoover Campground
Hoover Campground, located on the Detroit Lake, is the perfect spot for a family getaway. Enjoy...
Santiam Flats Campground
The Santiam Flats Campground is located where the North Santiam River meets the Detroit Lake. Once a...
Southshore Campground
Ben
Ben: There are several great tent sites right on the edge of the lake.
Dolly Varden Campground
Three drive-up and two walk-in sites mark the Dolly Varden Campground on Fall Creek. All campsites sit...
Skookum Creek Campground
Skookum Creek Campground is a popular starting point for backcountry hiking, fishing, and horseback...
Yukwah Campground
You’ll find the Yukwah Campground on the banks of the South Santiam River, surrounded by a forest of...
Trout Creek Campground
The well-shaded Trout Creek Campground sits in a forest of hemlocks and Douglas-firs, where the South...
House Rock Campground
Nope, it’s not a new genre of music, but it is a really cool camping spot! House Rock Campground is...
Fernview Campground
River views don’t get much better than this! Fernview Campground is perched high above a scenic...
Whispering Falls Campground
The Whispering Falls Campground is located on the North Santiam River, surrounded by a forest of...
Riverside Campground
Riverside Campground is located… on the riverside! Near the North Satiam River, this is the perfect...
Elk Lake Campground
Do you like elk? Do you like lakes? If you answered ‘yes’ to both of these questions, Elk Lake...
Piety Island Campground
A room (errr. . . tent) with a view! The only way to reach the Piety Island Campground is by boat....
Cove Creek Campground
The largest and newest campground on Detroit Lake, Cove Creek is a great spot for hikers; the nearby...
Shadow Bay Campground
You can find Shadow Bay Campground on a bay at the southern end of Waldo Lake, surrounded by a...

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Hipcamper Ben

There are several great tent sites right on the edge of the lake.

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Hipcamper Makenzie

Campground is right now Clear Lake. A great place for non-motorized boats and fishing!

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Hipcamper Makenzie

Right down the road is Smith Reservoir, if your into fishing at all then stop by this place and throw the pole in!

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Hipcamper Terra

We visited on a Monday night in early April which turned out to be the right recipe for a deserted campground. Not only was it free but it was just us and a few day-time fishermen.

Our campsite came equipped with a peninsula that extended out into the lake and was perfect for both kids and fishermen. The campsite itself is located back in the trees on an old concrete pad. It's also a great spot for large gatherings (spots for 5+ rvs) but would make for open and exposed quarters with strangers if the campsite is full.

Expect moderate noise from traffic on the nearby highway, especially for the sites on the east side of the campground. The tent-only walk-in sites also looked nice.

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Hipcamper Don

I just wanted to know why Makenzie in his/ her review, wants me to throw my pole into the lake?

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Hipcamper Madeleine

This is my favorite campsite in all of Oregon. I've visited North Waldo Lake nearly every summer since I was born. It's great for hiking, biking, kayaking, canoeing, windsurfing, paddle boarding, stargazing, and just reading and napping on the beach. Trails are beautiful and the water is so clear you can see the bottom from the middle of the lake. It can be cold at night and there are mosquitos usually until late July, but other than that it is flawless. It's Oregon's best kept secret:)

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History of Willamette National Forest

The Willamette National Forest is named after the Willamette River, which begins on the Forest. (The "Wallamt" was the Indian name for a place on the river near present day Oregon City.) The Willamette National Forest was established originally as part of the Cascade Range Forest Reserve designated by President Grover Cleveland in 1893, and was administratively organized in its current form as a National Forest in 1933. It has been managed by the Forest Service within the U.S. Department of Agriculture since 1905.