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Pets allowed
Allowed
Guided tours
No
Backcountry camping
No
Lodging
No
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The North Santiam River was originally dammed in 1953 to provide flood control, electricity, and a consistent water source for the Willamette Valley.

Today, much of the original purpose of Detroit Lake is overshadowed by the fact that the reservoir is now one of Oregon’s most sought after summer recreation destinations, and Mongold Day Use Area (a State Park) is the 9-mile lake’s main access point for the general public.

Just west of Detroit Lake State Park Campground, Mongold Day Use Area features two broad boat ramps, a dock, the reservoir’s largest parking area (both trailer and vehicle), a well-shaded picnic area, restrooms and changing areas, and a designated swimming area.

Note: Overnight parking is permitted for boat-only access camping on Piety Island.  12 and 24-month day-use permits can be purchased at the entrance booth of Detroit Lake State Park or at any other state park office.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

High

Parking Pass

State Park Fee

Pros

Detroit Lake's primary boat launch. Swimming area.

Cons

Mostly asphalt. Picnic area removed from shoreline.

Features

Flushing toilets
Boat ramp(s)
Potable water
Picnic tables
Marina
Fishing

Location

Field Guide + Map

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