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Waldo Lake, North Waldo Campground

Central Oregon, Oregon

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  • The boat ramp at North Waldo Campground.- Waldo Lake, North Waldo Campground
  • View from Waldo Lake's North Waldo boat ramp looking south toward Diamond Peak (8,743').- Waldo Lake, North Waldo Campground
  • One of several 'multi-family' sites that feature two picnic tables.- Waldo Lake, North Waldo Campground
  • Black-tailed deer in the campground.- Waldo Lake, North Waldo Campground
  • Vault toilet facilities.- Waldo Lake, North Waldo Campground
  • One of three walk-in campsites.- Waldo Lake, North Waldo Campground
  • Some of the campsites feature new fire grills.- Waldo Lake, North Waldo Campground
  • North Waldo Campground.- Waldo Lake, North Waldo Campground
  • Vault toilet facilities.- Waldo Lake, North Waldo Campground
  • Typical campsite.- Waldo Lake, North Waldo Campground
  • Typical campsite.- Waldo Lake, North Waldo Campground
  • North Waldo Campground.- Waldo Lake, North Waldo Campground
  • The amphitheater at North Waldo Campground.- Waldo Lake, North Waldo Campground
  • The boat ramp at North Waldo Campground.- Waldo Lake, North Waldo Campground
  • The swimming area at North Waldo Campground.- Waldo Lake, North Waldo Campground
  • The North Waldo Warming Hut located just east of the campground.- Waldo Lake, North Waldo Campground
  • The North Waldo Warming Hut located just east of the campground.- Waldo Lake, North Waldo Campground
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Least buggy of the Waldo Lake campgrounds. Great swimming area.
Cons: 
Mosquitos in early summer.
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Region:
Central Oregon, OR
Congestion: 
High
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Camping fee: 
$20.00
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
NW Forest Pass
Tent/Car sites: 
42
Tent/Walk-in sites: 
3
Group sites: 
6
Picnic Tables: 
Yes
Dogs allowed: 
Yes
Current Local Weather:
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Today

Heavy snow (1–3 in.) overnight.
52°F
28°

Fri

Snow (9–13 in.) until evening, starting again overnight.
29°F
23°

Sat

Mixed precipitation until evening and windy until afternoon.
40°F
25°

Sun

Rain until evening and windy in the morning.
45°F
37°

Mon

Foggy in the morning.
57°F
37°

Tue

Clear throughout the day.
65°F
38°

Wed

Mostly cloudy starting in the afternoon.
60°F
40°
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Campground Description

Campground Description

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Far and away Waldo Lake's most popular campground, North Waldo Campground is located on the drier northeastern reaches of the lake where the mosquitos are less intense.*  What makes North Waldo so special is the direct access to the lake's shallow northern shore.  Here, clear waters and inlets form ideal swimming holes, and rocky little islands are perfect for an afternoon's exploration in your kayak.

Set in a mossy forest of mountain hemlock, most of the sites are quite spacious, there are numerous 'multi-family' or double sites, and the composting vault toilets of the campground are quite new and well maintained.  The campground's amphitheater is also in the running for most picturesque, and it is worthy of any wedding or special occasion.  From the campsites themselves, it is only a short walk to the shore and boat ramp/dock.  You will also find the 23-mile Waldo Lake Loop Trail, which is very popular amongst mountain bikers.  This trail leads to Rigdon Lakes, the headwaters for the North and Middle Forks of the Willamette River, and also branches off to nearby Waldo Mountain.

Should North Waldo Campground be full, don't be afraid to venture south to Islet Campground, which is equally dry, 'less' buggy, and certainly worthy of an overnight stay.

* When it comes to Waldo Lake, 'less' is a relative term.  We advise not attempting to visit until late July, and if you can hold off until August, so much the better.

Note:  North Waldo Campground is open June 27 through September 29.

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