Open Year-round
?
Reservations possible?
Yes
RV Hookups
No
Potable water
Yes
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Big Lake Campground is the larger of the two campgrounds surrounding Big Lake, a recreational boating paradise nestled between Hoodoo Ski Resort and Mount Washington. While technically in the Willamette National Forest, which is not typically associated with Central Oregon, it is the farthest eastbound campground in the forest and only minutes away from the summit of Santiam Pass and the beginning of Deschutes National Forest. It is also one of the closest campgrounds in Central Oregon to the Pacific Crest Trail. If Big Lake itself is not enough to keep those staying at Big Lake Campground busy, many hiking trails as well as ATV trails surround the campground on the north and south sides, respectively.

Amenities are fairly limited at Big Lake. There are no full RV hookups, and it is a bit of a drive to the town of Sisters for the nearest gas or convenience store. However, Big Lake does offer plenty of areas to get potable water as well as several vault toilet facilities. For those only visiting Big Lake Campground for the boat launch, two large day-use parking areas, as well as picnic tables, are available for use.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Summer

Parking Pass

NW Forest Pass

Pros

Great views. Well maintained boat ramp.

Cons

Many sites are fairly close together.

Pets allowed

Allowed

Managed by

American Land and Leisure

Reservation phone number

1 (877) 444-6777

Features

ADA accessible
Vault toilet
Boat ramp(s)
Potable water
Picnic tables

Recommended Campsites Without Photos

10, 11, 12, 13, 29

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Comments

08/21/2017
Came here for the 2017 eclipse. It was incredible.
The ATV trails were shut down due to fires in area, some are still burning in Sept 2017.
The recommended sites in the 10-20 range have the best water access. The west side of the lake is very shallow, although fine for wading and paddleboarding out to deeper spots.
05/27/2016
Had the chance to scope out the campground at the end of May. Campsites are very large and private, but some have a significant slope to them so be sure to review our recommendations. ATV use is fairly high in the area, but certainly not enough noise impact to detour visitors. Enjoy!
07/22/2016
Don't go here this is my secret spot!
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