Privately-operated CAMPGROUNDS (open to the public)
Foster Lake RV
Located across the highway from Foster Lake, this beautiful resort offers 81 RV, camping cabin sites (51 with full hookups) and two condos. Resembling an upscale log cabin, the entire facility fits perfectly in the surrounding Cascade foothills with year-round views of snow capped mountains. For on-site convenience they boast a large clubhouse, showers, laundry facilities, heated pool in the summer, playground, security and Wi-Fi hotspot. This resort is the only location that offers a convenience store and gift shop including ice and RV supplies. For additional information/reservations contact info@fosterlakeRVresort.com
Country Star RV Park
Available year round, this resort offers 25 full hookup sites right across the highway from beautiful Foster Lake and on the edge of the Willamette National Forest. Located on the ‘Over the River and Through the Woods Scenic Byway’, Country Star RV provides information on local must see points of interest including guided hikes and covered bridge tours. On site they also offer restrooms, showers and laundry facilities. Available for daily, weekly and monthly rental options to meet your camping needs; for additional information/reservations contact FosterLakeBandB@comcast.net
Publicly-operated CAMPGROUNDS (open to the public)
Edgewater RV & Marina
This recent addition to the shores of beautiful Foster Lake includes a 49 space RV park and marina. Situated on the southwest corner of the lake, all RV Sites include electricity, water, sewer, cable TV, Wi-Fi hotspot, paved pads, lush lawns, picnic table and fire ring. Perfect for year-round camping in style, this facility provides many special events for customers as well as community members. Linked to Shea Point wayside via the Foster Lake-North Trail system, visitors enjoy an easy one mile (one way) stroll or bike ride.
The marina offers slip rentals by the season, month and week as well as a variety of recreational boat rentals. For additional information or reservations contact www.edgewateroregon.com
Linn County Park Campgrounds
Sunnyside Campground is a thriving 98 acre park located on the Foster Lake perimeter, east of Sweet Home and three miles off Hwy 20. This lush park offers 165 campsites; 132 with electrical/water hook-ups; dump station, restroom/shower facilities, boat dock, moorage, day use areas and many family friendly amenities. Additional options include a playground for young children, sand volleyball court and lake shore access with picnic tables. A fishing pond is stocked with trout, as well as bass, bullhead and bluegill; this is a good place for young anglers and those with limited mobility.
River Bend Campground is located on the unspoiled waters of the upper S. Santiam River, six miles east of Hwy 20. This is a relatively new campground that sits in a in the bend of the river and is encompassed on two sides with half mile of river frontage. Finalizing the second phase of the expansion, there are now 83 spaces; 73 with electrical and water hookups, and ten primitive sites that afford traditional camping without. The new phase also includes a group camp of six sites that surround a banquet tale and group fire ring separated from the rest of the campground; infrastructure is in place for five proposed cabins.
The park includes traditional outdoor recreational activities such as natural areas, trails, river access and fishing mixed with upgrades such as a playground, RV dump station, restrooms, showers and enclosed shelter.
Whitcomb Creek Campground is a 328 acre park located up the Quartzville Recreation Corridor on the abundantly wooded shores of Green Peter Reservoir. There are 39 primitive camping sites throughout this fertile campground with potable water, vault toilets and day use facilities available. A variety of spots afford beach access to water recreation such as swimming and fishing from the shore; for those interested in sailing or boat activities there is a boat launch.
Clear Lake Resort is a seven acre cabin and camping facility on the banks of a spring fed mountain lake. Visitors have the opportunity to enjoy day use facilities, a restaurant and lodge, on the shores of what is believed to have been created by volcanic activity on an extremely clear pool located three miles south of the junction of Hwy 20 and Hwy 126. The resort is open year round with four rustic tent sites and a variety of cabin options to choose from. Cabin options are as follows: rustic cabins that hold from one to four double beds; modern cabins with two double beds that include running water, bathroom/shower, refrigerator and propane cook stove; modern barrier free cabins with three double beds. Guests choosing rustic accommodations have access to restrooms and a shower house.
Non-motorized boats are allowed on the lake, and visitors have access to a boat ramp and boat rentals. In addition to lake activities guests have the opportunity to enjoy beautiful hiking trails, picnicking, horseshoe pits and a group fire pit.
Waterloo: This 128 acre park offers the perfect opportunity to fish, hike swim and relax in a shaded setting on the banks of the South Santiam River. Located 8 miles west of Sweet Home, this year-round campground accommodates 120 campsites, 100 with power/water hookups, a dump station and shower facilities.
Nestled among tall, shady trees and surrounded with picnic tables and a grassy area, there are two playgrounds perfect for great family fun. Additional family friendly amenities include easy beach access, an off-leash dog park and an 18 hole disc golf course. The day use picnic area is sprinkled with shade trees, and is a great spot for group get-togethers and family reunions. Picnic tables, stone fire ring, kitchenette area and trash cans are provided for group use. For outdoor events such as weddings, there are three covered shelters which include electricity and water.
For avid fisherman, Waterloo County Park offers two boat ramps — one above the falls and one below the falls. Come for both the spring and fall Salmon runs and discover why the South Santiam is such a great fishing spot.
For additional information or reservations at any Linn County Parks contact www.co.linn.or.us
Oregon State Park Campgrounds
Cascadia State Park: Located in a lush, green former resort setting along the South Santiam River 14 miles East of Sweet Home; the first thing that strikes you when you arrive is the tranquility. While the park is quite large, there are barely two dozen campsites, making this a great spot for an intimate getaway. This campground contains 25 tent sites on a first come basis as well as two group tent areas available for reservation. If day use is more desirable, there are picnic sites with fireplaces as well as group picnic areas with covered kitchens and electricity. Both areas share the open meadow play space filled with a kaleidoscope of spring and early summer wildflowers.
Tall Douglas fir, cedar and hemlock give the park a green setting all year while deciduous alder and big leaf maple trees add spectacular color in the fall. It’s possible to catch glimpses of soaring osprey, wandering deer and other forest creatures; please observe and do not disturb!
If hiking interests visitors, a pair of trails provide the chance to explore the area along a mile trail leading to the spectacular Soda Creek Falls. A newer trail ushers hikers on a 3/4 mile loop through ancient Douglas-fir trees along the South Santiam River allowing the opportunity to swim and fish in the crystal clear river pools. Ruts from the historic Santiam Wagon Road are visible in the park (the trail was used as a military route in the 1800s).
For additional information or reservations contact www.oregonstateparks.org
U.S. Forest Service Campgrounds
Located along the Highway 20 corridor East of Sweet Home, these beautiful campgrounds consist of primitive camping among lush forest settings along the S. Santiam River. These are fairly primitive campgrounds with pump water only and vault toilets; trash collection and recycling are also available. Various Forest Service trails are easily accessible for the hiking enthusiasts. For additional information contact www.recreation.gov
Trout Creek Campground: Approximately 18 miles east of Sweet Home, along winding Hwy 20, this is a family friendly campground with many sites right on the river. Tucked under the shade of large Douglas-fir and Hemlock trees, there are 24 sites suitable for tents/RV camping and 8 will accommodate RVs over 24 feet. There is also a welcoming day use shelter with large fireplace. Fishing is a popular activity as well as hiking the 2.8 mile Trout Creek Trail from which the Menagerie Wilderness and Walton Ranch Interpretive trails area accessible.
For reservations contact www.recreation.gov
Yukwah Campground: Approximately 18.25 miles east of Sweet Home situated in tall second growth Douglas-fir, there are 20 sites all suitable for tents/RV camping and one deluxe site with a barbeque and two picnic tables . Spaces are spacious and private offering a peaceful camping experience. Located close to the Menagerie Wilderness which focuses on a number of rock pinnacles; mountaineers use the spires and cliffs to hone their technical climbing skills. This is primarily a low elevation wilderness and can be used year-round. Along a .3 mile nature trail that winds along the river’s edge there are opportunities for swimming and fishing; two fishing platforms are available for easier access.
Fernview Campground: This lush green setting boasts campsites perched high above a scenic portion of the South Santiam River which makes for a beautiful view. Located 22 miles east of Sweet Home, there are 11 tent campsites; two are suitable for small RVs. The Rooster Rock Trailhead is situated just across Hwy. 20 and acts as a gateway to the Menagerie Wilderness and the Old Santiam Wagon Road runs through the back of the campground. Due to the uneven terrain this location is not suitable for young children or senior citizens.
House Rock Campground: Approximately 25 miles east of Sweet Home off Latiwi Creek Road, this campground is situated at the confluence of Sheep Creek and the S. Santiam River in old-growth fir trees. There are 17 campsites with picnic tables and fire rings plus four picnic sites, each with barbeque, in a free day-use area. From there, The House Rock Trail begins and continues for 0.8 mile loop along the river past the base of House Rock Falls and returning to the day use area. The trail uses a portion of the historic Santiam Wagon Road which was used to transport livestock east across the Cascade Mountains to central Oregon’s grasslands. Many of the sites have riverfront access to shallow swimming in the chilly snowmelt waters. For those not attracted to braving the frigid river, there is the alternate choice of angling from the shore for native cutthroat trout. For reservations contact www.recreation.gov
Lost Prairie Campground: Located 38 miles up Hwy 20, this shaded campground is located along Hackleman Creek in a verdant area of fir, spruce and Douglas-fir creating luxurious setting. The roads and spurs are paved for smooth access to the 18 sites, two of which are suitable for RVs. Swimming and fishing are easily accessed and for the hiking enthusiast nearby are trailheads for several hiking trails, including the Hackleman Old Growth Grove, Cone Peak and Iron Mountain Trails. The Old Santiam Wagon Road runs past the campground and is easily accessible.
Lost Prairie Campground boasts year round fun; due to its elevation of 3200 feet, winter activities are popular from this location. Area sno-parks offer extensive trails for cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. One trail from Lost Prairie is fairly difficult; another links to the Tombstone Sno-Park, about 2 miles west. Several other ski trails originate in the area, offering great views of the Cascades in the winter,
Sevenmile Horse Camp: Situated 32 miles east of Sweet Home on Highway 20 to Forest Service Road #024 for approximately 0.5 mile. There are 4 general sites at the campground each with fire rings, picnic tables, garbage service and horse corrals. This is a primitive campground so there is a single vault toilet and stock water only available. The perfect setting for horseback riding, hiking and mountain biking; Sevenmile Horse Camp is positioned in a wooded area near a trailhead to the Santiam Wagon Road with approximately seven trail miles west to Mountain House, and approximately 14 miles east to Highway 126/Fish Lake Guard Station.
This camp is year round accessible, however, at an elevation of 3,100 feet winter admittance depends on snow levels.
Yellowbottom Recreation Site: Traveling up Hwy 20 to Quartzville Creek Road, about 25 miles from Sweet Home; past the emerald depths of Green Peter Reservoir and along the winding flow of the historical Quartzville Creek visitors find a delightful recreational surprise. Yellowbottom Recreational area offers 22 tent/trailer camp sites with water and vault toilets available. Surrounded by a landscape of old-growth and maturing forests, accented with flourishing vegetation and wildflowers this location offers access to hiking and picnicking along Quartzville Creek. Noted for its great swimming hole, many enjoy the fishing and recreational gold panning as well.