Detroit Lake Camping
Detroit Lake is located 50 miles East of Salem, Oregon.
reach the lake, take Hwy 22 East exit from I-5 at Salem.
The town of Detroit is located on the East end of the
Numerous campgrounds exist along the shoreline and
within close proximity to the lake. Some of these
campgrounds provide accessible camping and other
opportunities for individuals with disabilities.
There is one small
boat-in campground located on Piety Island.
There are two forest
service day use sites located on the lakeshore; Detroit
Flats and Upper Arm.
There are also
floating toilets provided for the use of boaters.
Take advantage of these facilities to keep Detroit Lake
clean and inviting.
Oregon State Parks
offers camping at Detroit Lake State Park. Mongold day
use area has a large developed boat launch facility and
is located 1.5 miles west of the town of Detroit. To
learn more about the amenities and rates for camping and
day use visit
Besides community events throughout the year, Detroit
Lake offers a variety of activities such as fishing,
boating, sailing, swimming, picnicking, camping and
Several varieties of water fowl can be seen at the lake,
including Osprey and Bald Eagles which can be observed
hiking trails and the
West Cascades Scenic Byway.
city of Detroit is a full service community. To learn
more about the community amenities, services and marinas
RESERVOIR: The 3,500 acre lake is located in the
Cascade Mountains below Mt. Jefferson on the Willamette
National Forest. The U.S.Army Corps of Engineers built
the lake and dam in 1951-53. The lake stores water of
the North Santiam River, controlling runoff and
providing flood control, irrigation, downstream
navigation improvement, recreation and power generation,
while preserving the quality of the North Santiam Canyon
environment. To learn more about the lake and
construction of the dam visit the Army Corps of
Engineers website at
Water levels and boat ramp accessibility information is
available from the
Oregon State Marine Board website
Expect lower water
levels in the fall through late spring. As the lake
begins to fill in the spring, large woody debris enters
the lake due to winter runoff; use caution during this
website for this information. Please check out ther
great website for additional information and more
details about Detroit Lake. Our info is for general
information only and is not updated regularly so check
with the official website before making your vacation