Open Year-round
No
Reservations possible?
No
RV Hookups
No
Potable water
No
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Located within the lands managed by The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Breitenbush Lake Campground might be one of the most underutilized campgrounds in Oregon, so much so that a stay here is free of charge.

Access via Olallie Lake to the campground is rough, including a 2-mile stretch of NF-4220 that is best left to four-wheel drive vehicles, and with as many as 200 lakes in the area early summer comes with plenty of mosquitos. So, why visit? Breitenbush Lake is set in the middle of some of Oregon’s most pristine wilderness, you'll most likely avoid the mid-summer crowds, the campground affords very spacious campsites that are perfect for large groups and are dotted around the lake’s shore, and it is located at the trailhead of one of the state’s most prized outdoor destinations, Jefferson Park.

That said, pack well as the campground offers few amenities, and postpone your visit until August and September to avoid mosquitos.

Note: Due to snowpack, roads leading into the Olallie Lake Scenic Area can be closed as late as the beginning of July.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Summer
Fall

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

Very remote and serene area and lake. Nearby hiking.

Cons

Mosquitos in early summer. 18 miles of gravel and rugged road requiring four-wheel drive to access.

Pets allowed

Allowed

Managed by

Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs

Features

Vault toilet
Covered picnic areas

Location

Field Guide + Map

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Comments

07/25/2015
We just got back from this, and it is a gorgeous spot. The road in from the Detroit side is no joke though. At no point did I think I needed 4 wheel drive, everything was dry and fine. The issue is clearance. You need to be able to creep over or around some fairly substantial rocks.

Road aside, it was beautiful.
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