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Open Year-round
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Reservations possible?
No
RV Hookups
No
Potable water
No
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Ice Cap Campground is a modest spot to spend the night while you explore the area’s incredible scenery and trail system.  There isn’t much to the campground itself; merely a loop with several sites that are accessible to cars and a few more attractive walk-in sites overlooking Carmen Reservoir.  There are vault toilets, but no potable water.  Each site has the standard picnic table and fire pit, but you will have to bring your own firewood.  You’ll hear the mighty McKenzie rushing to the north, and Ice Cap Creek flows on the eastern edge of the campground.  Generally the sites are well spaced and provide an average level of privacy, though the walk-in sites are bunched together and may feel crowded when the campground is full.

In terms of location, however, Ice Cap Campground is an excellent choice.  Koosah Falls is a short walk from the campground entrance, and the McKenzie River Trail will take you upstream to Sahalie Falls and downstream to Carmen Reservoir, or farther on to Tamolich Pool.  The campground is far enough from the highway to keep the road noise at bay, and you will be surrounded by the old-growth environment that makes this part of the McKenzie River Corridor such a unique place.  The campground is closed in the winter, and reservations are recommended in the summer months.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

Close to incredible hiking, waterfalls, and reservoirs. Off of the highway and near the river.

Cons

Peak summer crowds. No reservations. Few amenities. High campsite density.

Pets allowed

Yes

Managed by

American Land and Leisure

Address

NF-750
Sisters, OR 97759
United States

Features

Vault toilet

Location

Field Guide + Map

Nearby Adventures

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Comments

According to the reservation site, Ice Cap Campground is closed until July 4, 2018 for major construction.

https://www.recreation.gov/camping/ice-cap-campground/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=122490
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