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Not to be confused with Riverside Campground on the Clackamas River, this Riverside Campground sits along the banks of the North Fork of the Santiam River 14 miles upstream of Detroit, and it is the furthest established campground en route to Oregon's Santiam Pass from Salem. Well positioned on the banks of the river, the campground makes up for its modest amenities with pleasant scenery and relative peace and quiet, as it generally does not receive the crowds that head to nearby Detroit Lake.

The campground also lies just 2 miles upstream from the turnoff for popular Pamelia Lake + Grizzly Peak, 2.2 miles downstream from the Marion Forks Hatchery + Campground, and 5 miles downstream from the massive old-growth stands towering above Tall Tree Campsites, located just off of  Straight Creek Road (NF-11).

Note: Riverside Campground is open from early May through late September. Contact American Land and Leisure at 1.800.342.2267 for specific dates.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)


Parking Pass

General Day Use Fee


Adjacent to the river. Large and private campsites.


Adjacent to the highway.

Pets allowed


Managed by

American Land and Leisure

Reservation phone number

1 (877) 444-6777


Vault toilet
Potable water

Recommended Campsites Without Photos

21, 20, 19, 18, 17, 16, 15, 14, 13, 12, 11


Nearby Adventures



+ Relatively uncrowded.
+ Some decently sized spots.
+ Some spots run right up to the river.
+ Well-managed and clean.

- Half the sites are very close to the highway, which means it's quite loud. Camp along the river and you're mostly fine.
- At $16 per night, somewhat expensive.

- Save on packing wood. $6 for a decent-sized bundle
- There are water pump stations and outhouses, without running water.
- Some spots are a little too close to others.
Campsites here are large and have plenty of trees and vegetation separating them in most cases. Not generally crowded but a bit too much noise from the highway. It always seems very family friendly, not a party spot like some locations in the area.
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