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Detroit Lake State Recreation Area

North Santiam Highway, Detroit, OR 97342
+1 800-551-6949
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We just needed some tree time! It rained a lot but that didn't bother us as it was peaceful to... read more

Reviewed 3 October 2017
Marie P
via mobile
Our review is solely based on rude Park Ranger at Campground Checkin

We had a camping reservation for 6 months for 2 nights after the eclipse. We arrived a few hours... read more

Reviewed 22 August 2017
Seattle, Washington
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Located in Willamette Valley, Detroit Lake State Park is a scenic fishing and camping area.
  • Excellent48%
  • Very good29%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible10%
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“free showers” (2 reviews)
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North Santiam Highway, Detroit, OR 97342
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Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

We just needed some tree time! It rained a lot but that didn't bother us as it was peaceful to watch and listen. We did get a few breaks to fish and hike. Nice sites and neighbors. Nice Rangers and camp hosts. Clean bathrooms and...More

Thank Marie P
Reviewed 22 August 2017

We had a camping reservation for 6 months for 2 nights after the eclipse. We arrived a few hours early. Nothing was going on, the eclipse had ended and it was very mellow, even less chaotic than a busy weekend...just mellow as can be. The...More

4  Thank Dadickster
Reviewed 21 July 2017

We came to this famed park to hike up to Stahlman Point. While the views at the top were great, you could only see a small bit of the lake itself at the site of the former lookout tower. That being said, Mount Jefferson is...More

Thank drrkbrnng
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

We had a great time, the host we're all pleasant. The showers are a little work pushing the button to keep the water coming out. It depended on which one you were in

1  Thank leanna1963
Reviewed 28 January 2017

We were on a long road trip and planned on staying in one of the many forest service campgrounds in the area, but we got lucky and scored a last minute cancellation for a waterfront site at this huge state park. The park is very...More

Thank WeAlwaysWAnder
Reviewed 27 December 2016

Went to visit some friends that were staying their for the Fourth of July weekend. The park was packed, as expected, but the forrrest service staff were helpful, the facilities were clean, and the "neighbors" were nice.

Thank E717NTjaydee
Reviewed 13 September 2016

I came to this park via a mechanical failure with my RV while crossing the mountains. It just happened to be downhill and that allowed me a couple of miles of travel without a radiator fan. That said, it is a nice little park. They...More

Thank Melvin R
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Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

Drought coupled with need to keep water flowing downstream for the salmon has temporarily negatively impacted water level. State park here is very good with all the amenities. Solid choice if camping without need to have significant water activities. Great place to camp but call...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 27 August 2016

We went for a day visit to Detroit Lake State Park. Detroit Lake is a beautiful large lake. There is a marina and it is a popular lake for boating. There is camping, swimming, fishing, hiking, bird watching, picnics, and more to do at this...More

2  Thank mini
Reviewed 30 July 2016 via mobile

This was our first time camping at Detroit State Park. We enjoyed our three days there. We had so much to do from walking around parts of the lake to fishing. But most of all relaxing on the lake on and off our boat.

Thank Stacy S
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5 July 2016|
Response from VictoryVisionTim | Reviewed this property |
Sounds like bad data. I'd call the park and ask the ranger.
21 January 2015|
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Response from TheRiverPirate | Reviewed this property |
Yes, in the summer. The path to the swimming area has a few rocks and can be muddy sometimes but the lake is nice and fairly warm in the summer.