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Big Lake Campground

Willamette National Forest

Central Oregon, Oregon

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  • The entrance to Big Lake Campground off of Big Lake Road.- Big Lake Campground
  • Mount Washington (7,795 ft) towers over Big Lake.- Big Lake Campground
  • The pay station is hard to miss at Big Lake Campground.- Big Lake Campground
  • The campsites on the west side of the campground involve a few steps down from a small parking area to a shaded camping area. Most of the sites here are non-reservable. - Big Lake Campground
  • Sites on the west side have limited lakefront access and are relatively secluded.- Big Lake Campground
  • An arm of Big Lake viewed from the west side of the campground. Mount Washington is not visible from these sites.- Big Lake Campground
  • Big Lake Campground.- Big Lake Campground
  • Day use picnic tables.- Big Lake Campground
  • The boat launch is between sites 21 and 22 in the middle of the campground.- Big Lake Campground
  • The east side of the campground is much more exposed than the west side.- Big Lake Campground
  • Big Lake Campground.- Big Lake Campground
  • One of several vault toilet facilities.- Big Lake Campground
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Great views. Well maintained boat ramp.
Cons: 
Many sites are fairly close together.
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Region:
Central Oregon, OR
Managed by: 
American Land and Leisure
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
NW Forest Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Summer
Reservations possible: 
Yes
Current Local Weather:
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Campground Description

Campground Description

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Big Lake Campground is the larger of the two campgrounds surrounding Big Lake, a recreational boating paradise nestled between Hoodoo Ski Resort and Mount Washington. While technically in the Willamette National Forest, which is not typically associated with Central Oregon, it is the farthest eastbound campground in the forest and only minutes away from the summit of Santiam Pass and the beginning of Deschutes National Forest. It is also one of the closest campgrounds in Central Oregon to the Pacific Crest Trail. If Big Lake itself is not enough to keep those staying at Big Lake Campground busy, many hiking trails as well as ATV trails surround the campground on the north and south sides, respectively.

Amenities are fairly limited at Big Lake. There are no full RV hookups, and it is a bit of a drive to the town of Sisters for the nearest gas or convenience store. However, Big Lake does offer plenty of areas to get potable water as well as several vault toilet facilities. For those only visiting Big Lake Campground for the boat launch, two large day-use parking areas, as well as picnic tables, are available for use.

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