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Lost Lake Campground

Santiam Pass, Willamette National Forest

Mt. Jefferson + Metolius River Area, Oregon

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  • Looking toward Three Fingered Jack from Lost Lake.- Lost Lake Campground
  • Looking toward Hoodoo Ski Area from Lost Lake.- Lost Lake Campground
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  • Typical campsite at Lost Lake Campground.- Lost Lake Campground
  • Vault toilet at Lost Lake Campground.- Lost Lake Campground
  • Day use area at Lost Lake Campground.- Lost Lake Campground
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  • Looking west across Lost Lake.- Lost Lake Campground
  • The end of the road at Lost Lake Campground.- Lost Lake Campground
  • One of the holes at the bottom of Lost Lake. Water flowing down here feeds Clear Lake within three to seven years.- Lost Lake Campground
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Easy access. Lava tube drains lake.
Cons: 
Highway noise.
Alerts: 
August, 2017: The expanding Whitewater Fire has caused the Forest Service to close significant portions of the Mount Jefferson Wilderness at least through August 21, the day of the solar eclipse. The closures may expand, and they may extend beyond August 21. More information can be found here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd553952.pdf https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5420/
Region:
Mt. Jefferson + Metolius River Area, OR
Congestion: 
High
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Camping fee: 
$8.00
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
Not Required
Tent/Car sites: 
14
Picnic Tables: 
Yes
Dogs allowed: 
Yes
Current Local Weather:
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Today

Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
59°F
45°

Thu

Mixed precipitation throughout the day.
46°F
36°

Fri

Mixed precipitation (3–6 in. of snow) throughout the day.
36°F
32°

Sat

Rain throughout the day and windy starting in the afternoon.
45°F
33°

Sun

Windy until evening and overcast throughout the day.
50°F
46°

Mon

Mostly cloudy until evening.
61°F
46°

Tue

Clear throughout the day.
65°F
47°
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Campground Description

Campground Description

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Lost Lake sits just off Highway 20 near the top of Santiam Pass. Along the west banks of the lake is a campground with 14 basic campsites, nearly all with lake access. From some you can even see the top of Three Fingered Jack to the north and Hoodoo Ski Area at the top of Santiam Pass to the east. Other than a few exceptions included in the recommended campsites, many of the campsites at Lost Lake Campground are well spaced, but not well separated from neighboring sites. The campground also sits across the lake from Highway 20, which is a busy route for traffic between Western and Central Oregon. The noise and lights of passing cars and trucks is unavoidable, but it doesn't overly impact the beauty of the lake's scenery.

Lost Lake itself is a natural wonder. The lake volume varies based on snow melt and drains through a sizable lava tube. In the summer, the lake drains significantly and the lake bed turns into a marsh surrounded by willows.

The campground is fairly basic. Three vault toilets are accessible from the spaced campsites. Fire rings and picnic tables are provided at every campsite and at two day use areas. Campsite 1 was turned into a boat ramp, but it appears to still get used by campers. No potable water or other amenities are provided. The campground road remains ungated year round, but the area gets covered by snow in the late fall through spring, making the campground inaccessible.

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