Reservations possible?
RV Hookups
Potable water
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Unfortunately, nothing says "home of the mosquitos" more than Shadow Bay.  Waldo Lake's southern end is notorious for being heavily infested with these nagging little critters.

It's a shame really, because Shadow Bay Campground is located on one of the most scenic lakes in Oregon, offers direct access to the water, and is well-built and well-maintained.  It's not all for naught, however.  Depending on the snowpack and early summer temperatures, mosquitos are typically at their worst from June through the end of July, yet the campground is open through the end of the summer.  To avoid the crowds of North Waldo or Islet Campground, stake your tent here in late August and September, and you'll experience the campground's charm.

Interestingly, the campground offers a total of 92 tent/car campsites, by far the lake's largest quantity, with numerous 'multi-family' or double sites available.  Reservations are only possible for 19 of these sites, however.

Note: Shadow Bay Campground is open from the end of June through the last Sunday in September.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)


Parking Pass

NW Forest Pass


Waldo Lake's largest campground. Access to lake.


Mosquitos. Mosquitos. Mosquitos.

Pets allowed


Managed by

American Land + Leisure

Reservation phone number

1 (877) 444-6777


Vault toilet
Boat ramp(s)
Swimming holes
Potable water

Recommended Campsites Without Photos

88, 82, 64. Double, 70, 67, 68, 69



Stayed 4 nights this August and observed that site selection is really important here.

Good sites are close to the lake so you can pop out in your boat early in the morning :) The map implies easier lake access from "inside" sites than is true in reality. You probably want to be on the lake side of the road wherever you end up, to catch the breezes that blow the bugs away. If you have an RV any larger than a pop-up you might need the B, C or A loops that are higher off the lake, drier, and have more clearance.

Good sites not already listed here that we scouted out:
90, 86, 84 (uneven ground but great view), 83, 80 (shaded), 78

Beautiful place, but as noted in the cons above...mosquitoes are atrocious here in the summer!
Please note that it appears the campground closes the last Sunday of September.
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