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Carter Lake Campground

Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area

Southern Oregon Coast + Rogue River, Oregon

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  • Fee station and information signs at the Carter Lake Campground entrance.- Carter Lake Campground
  • Carter Lake in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area.- Carter Lake Campground
  • Typical campsite in Carter Lake Campground.- Carter Lake Campground
  • Campsite on the edge of the dunes in Carter Lake Campground.- Carter Lake Campground
  • Typical campsite in Carter Lake Campground.- Carter Lake Campground
  • Campsite in Carter Lake Campground along the Oregon Coast.- Carter Lake Campground
  • Campsite along Carter Lake.- Carter Lake Campground
  • Stairs connecting the campsite with the lake's edge.- Carter Lake Campground
  • Typical campsite in Carter Lake Campground.- Carter Lake Campground
  • Path leading from the campsite to the lakeside picnic table.- Carter Lake Campground
  • Campsite in Carter Lake Campground.- Carter Lake Campground
  • The Carter Dunes Trailhead starts in Carter Lake Campground.- Carter Lake Campground
  • Trail leading from Carter Lake Campground to the beach.- Carter Lake Campground
  • Information sign near the beach access in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area.- Carter Lake Campground
  • Sandy beach in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area.- Carter Lake Campground
  • Harbor seals along the Oregon Coast. - Carter Lake Campground
  • Area closed for snowy plover habitat.- Carter Lake Campground
  • Harbor seals along the Oregon Coast.- Carter Lake Campground
  • Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area.- Carter Lake Campground
  • Harbor seals resting on the beach in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area.- Carter Lake Campground
  • Information sign for Carter Lake Campground in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area.- Carter Lake Campground
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Hiking trails. Lake access. Beach access.
Cons: 
Small sites. Near highway.
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Region:
Southern Oregon Coast + Rogue River, OR
Managed by: 
Forest Service
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
NW Forest Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Reservations possible: 
Yes
Current Local Weather:
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Campground Description

Campground Description

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Located in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area just south of Florance, this small lakeside campground  is perfect for a water lover. Set on a lake, many of the campsites have water access and the rest are just a short distance from the lake's edge. Swimming, fishing and boating (non-motorized) are all options on this small lake. The area is also great for bird watching.

Each campsite has a picnic table and fire ring. A few campsites are pull through, but most are small and can only accommodate a car or a very short trailer. The campground has flush toilets and potable water. 

The sandy beaches of the Oregon Coast are just over a mile away through beautiful shore pines, marshy areas, and dunes. You have a choice of two trails to make your way to the beach: Carter Dunes Trail starts from the campground, and Taylor Dunes Trail starts from the day use area. While you're on the beach, keep an eye out for snowy plovers, harbor seals, and other wildlife. 

Restrictions are in place seasonally for snowy plover habitat. Look for posted signs and barriers on the beach.

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