Activities

Chillin, Camping, Fishing, Photography, Swimming, Snowshoeing, Backpacking, Hiking

Skill

Beginner

Season

Year Round

Added by

Zak Stone

Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Groups
Handicap Accessible
Lake
Picnic Area
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

Big Lake features crystal clear lake water with great opportunities for hiking, swimming, boating, fishing, wake-boarding, waterskiing, ATV. There are both RV and tent camping options at the campground.

The crystal clear waters of Big Lake sit at an elevation of 4,600 ft. in the Willamette National Forest, on the western slopes of the Cascade Mountain Range. The Big Lake Campground (N 44 22.439 W 121 53.599) lies on the western shore of Big Lake, at the top of the Santiam Pass near Hoodoo Ski Resort.

A smaller campground is located west of Big Lake Campground, but is still patrolled by the same camp host, if you go during the normal camping season. This area is also beautiful in the snow, as well as very quiet, as during typical winters you can only access the lake by snowmobile or snowshoes.

In the summer, Big Lake is very popular for both motorized and non-motorized boating, and has many ATV trails. Campers will enjoy views of the lake, with the beautiful reflection of Mount Washington on the water during calm mornings, before the wind picks up. The campground is surrounded by Alpine fir, hemlock and lodgepole pine.

There are multiple hiking trails nearby, such as the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), which you can follow south toward Mount Washington, or north toward Hoodoo, Hayrick and Three Fingered Jack. Other trailheads include the Patjen Trail, Big Lake Trail, and Sand Mountain Lookout. There is also a mountain biking route to Sand Mountain Lookout Tower, close by.

The Patjen Lake Trail offers easy access to the Mount Washington Wilderness Area, following along the western side of Big Lake, then heading south. Once you reach Patjen Lakes, the trail will loop back to the campground.

The campground has more than 30 campsites, open to both tents and RV camping. A number of amenities are offered, including a fire ring, picnic table, boat ramp, vault toilets, recycling, drinking water, and ice. Pets are allowed at this campground.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations.

Nearby Lodging

From $120/night

LOGE Bend

Bend, Oregon

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Dave G

almost 4 years ago

Would love to ski that west face of Mt WA🎿👍🏼

Activities

Chillin, Camping, Fishing, Photography, Swimming, Snowshoeing, Backpacking, Hiking

Skill

Beginner

Season

Year Round

Added by

Zak Stone

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