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Detroit Lake, Southshore Campground

Willamette National Forest

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Detroit Lake, Southshore Campground

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  • Southshore Campground.- Detroit Lake, Southshore Campground
  • Southshore Campground and entry gate.- Detroit Lake, Southshore Campground
  • Boat ramp and day use area at Southshore Campground.- Detroit Lake, Southshore Campground
  • Day use picnic area at Southshore Campground.- Detroit Lake, Southshore Campground
  • One of seven walk-in campsites at Southshore Campground.- Detroit Lake, Southshore Campground
  • One of seven walk-in campsites at Southshore Campground.- Detroit Lake, Southshore Campground
  • One of seven walk-in campsites, this one a double, at Southshore Campground.- Detroit Lake, Southshore Campground
  • Shoreline trail at Southshore Campground.- Detroit Lake, Southshore Campground
  • One of seven walk-in campsites at Southshore Campground.- Detroit Lake, Southshore Campground
  • Star-flowered false Solomon's seal (Maianthemum stellatum).- Detroit Lake, Southshore Campground
  • Vault toilet facility at Southshore Campground.- Detroit Lake, Southshore Campground
  • Typical campsite at Southshore Campground.- Detroit Lake, Southshore Campground
  • Typical campsite at Southshore Campground.- Detroit Lake, Southshore Campground
  • Typical campsite at Southshore Campground.- Detroit Lake, Southshore Campground
  • Double campsite at Southshore Campground.- Detroit Lake, Southshore Campground
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Direct access to Detroit Lake. Walk-in campsites.
Cons: 
Detroit Lake's (reservoir) water levels fluctuate drastically.
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Region:
Willamette Foothills, OR
Congestion: 
High
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Camping fee: 
$20.00
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
General Day Use Fee ($7.00)
Tent/Car sites: 
23
Tent/Walk-in sites: 
7
Picnic Tables: 
Yes
Dogs allowed: 
Yes
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Rain starting in the afternoon.
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Rain throughout the day.
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Thu

Mixed precipitation throughout the day.
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Mixed precipitation until afternoon.
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Mostly cloudy starting in the afternoon.
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Drizzle until evening.
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Campground Description

Campground Description

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With seven spacious walk-in campsites and 23 large and private campsites, Southshore Campground is easily Detroit Lake's most serene and quite campground. Unlike adjacent Cove Creek Campground, Southshore Campground offers little in terms of amenities, with only vault toilets and no showers, but with this comes less demand. And as the name implies, Southshore is located on the distance end of the reservoir's southern shore that draws fewer crowds than the reservoir's north side along Oregon Highway 22.

If you are looking to escape to the lake for some adventure, consider nearby Stahlman Peak, or make your way up to Dome Rock + Tumble Lake for an arduous but rewarding hike. To reach the 3,058-foot Stahlman Peak, head 1.8 miles east on Blowout Road to the trailhead just past Sauer Creek. The trail climbs 1,340 feet in 2.1 miles and passes a stand of old-growth forest and a sheer cliff before reaching a former lookout tower site with impressive views of 10,495-foot Mount Jefferson and the surrounding landscape.

Note: The campground is open from early May through end of September. Call American Land and Leisure at 1.800.342.2267 for specific dates.

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