Waldo Lake, Shadow Bay Campground

Central Oregon, Oregon

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  • The boat ramp at Waldo Lake's Shadow Bay Campground.- Waldo Lake, Shadow Bay Campground
  • Waldo Lake's Shadow Bay.- Waldo Lake, Shadow Bay Campground
  • Waldo Lake's Shadow Bay.- Waldo Lake, Shadow Bay Campground
  • View west toward Mount Ray (7,002') and Fuji Mountain (7,144').- Waldo Lake, Shadow Bay Campground
  • View west from Waldo Lake's Shadow Bay Campground.- Waldo Lake, Shadow Bay Campground
  • Marshy pond at the southern end of the campground.- Waldo Lake, Shadow Bay Campground
  • Vault toilet facilities.- Waldo Lake, Shadow Bay Campground
  • Typical double site with two picnic tables.- Waldo Lake, Shadow Bay Campground
  • Typical site.- Waldo Lake, Shadow Bay Campground
  • Site along the campground's eastern edge near a marshy pond.- Waldo Lake, Shadow Bay Campground
  • Site along the campground's eastern edge near a marshy pond.- Waldo Lake, Shadow Bay Campground
  • A marshy pond just east of campground.- Waldo Lake, Shadow Bay Campground
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Waldo Lake's largest campground. Access to lake.
Cons: 
Mosquitos. Mosquitos. Mosquitos.
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Region:
Central Oregon, OR
Managed by: 
American Land + Leisure
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
NW Forest Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Summer
Reservation phone number: 
877.444.6777
Reservations possible: 
Yes
Current Local Weather:
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Campground Description

Campground Description

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Unfortunately, nothing says "home of the mosquitos" more than Shadow Bay.  Waldo Lake's southern end is notorious for being heavily infested with these nagging little critters.

It's a shame really, because Shadow Bay Campground is located on one of the most scenic lakes in Oregon, offers direct access to the water, and is well-built and well-maintained.  It's not all for naught, however.  Depending on the snowpack and early summer temperatures, mosquitos are typically at their worst from June through the end of July, yet the campground is open through the end of the summer.  To avoid the crowds of North Waldo or Islet Campground, stake your tent here in late August and September, and you'll experience the campground's charm.

Interestingly, the campground offers a total of 92 tent/car campsites, by far the lake's largest quantity, with numerous 'multi-family' or double sites available.  Reservations are only possible for 19 of these sites, however.

Note: Shadow Bay Campground is open from the end of June through the last Sunday in September.

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