Kayak Camping at Waldo Lake

Oregon North Waldo Campground

Added by Brian Heifferon

  • A 9.8-lake with pristine water, at 5,400 feet
  • Widely recognized as a premier paddling destination
  • Clean, private campsites along the coast

Waldo Lake is at the top of most Oregon paddler’s lists for a late-summertime adventure. Not only is the lake perfectly set up for days of exploration, but the visibility of the water is staggering…and record setting. It’s been measured over 150 feet. It’s important to note that the future serenity and water quality of the lake are protected by a 2010 ban on gas motors.

The majority of the lake is surrounded by designated wilderness areas, except for the eastern shore, which features 200 nicely developed campsites. North Waldo campground is the most popular of those sites and is also considered the driest and least mosquito infested (although, the entire area has bad mosquitos during early summer). Tucked discreetly among the tress of the Willamette National Forest, North Waldo provides direct access to the lake’s shallower shoreline, making it the perfect location for launching a days worth of paddling, swimming, and exploration of nearby islands.

Make your reservations by calling (877) 444-6777, or by visiting their website.

Pack List

  • Kayaks, paddle boards, or canoe
  • Camping Gear
  • Hiking gear
  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
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Activities:

Camping, Kayaking, Stand Up Paddle

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Summer, Autumn

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Features:

Family Friendly
Forest
Lake
Picnic Area
Scenic
Swimming Hole

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7 months ago

Absolutely Stunning

The water is crystal clear and the lake could only be better if the mosquitos weren't so active. Definitely a trip to bring bug spray on but well worth every bite.

7 months ago

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