Detroit Lake State Recreation Area

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Detroit Lake State Recreation Area

Oregon

(503) 854-3346

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Overview

Located in the Cascade Mountains, Detroit Lake State Park is the gateway to beautiful Detroit Lake. The 400-foot-deep lake was created in 1953 when the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers completed the Detroit Dam project. The lake is over nine miles long with more than 32 miles of shore line. This is the spot for all types of water sports: fishing, boating, swimming, water skiing, and personal watercraft. The park has a large campground bordering the lake. Along with two swimming areas, you'll find two playgrounds, a wildlife viewing area, and a visitor center with historical exhibits and a store with gifts, ice, soft drinks, firewood, souvenirs and educational toys. F-Loop will remain open this winter for a trial run. The loop will be first-come, first-served beginning Nov. 1.

Map of Detroit Lake State Rec. Area (OR)

Latitude, Longitude: 44.729984, -122.176582

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Activities

  • Boating

    This is the spot for all types of water sports: fishing, boating, swimming, water skiing, and personal watercraft. 82 boat slips. One of the more popular forms of boating in the park is sailing, where at the Dam the wind blows hard.

  • Camping

    The park has a large campground bordering the lake and campgrounds right by the lake. With 133 tent (maximum site 60 feet) sites, the park gets busy in the summer. There are two playgrounds located near the campgrounds and a wildlife viewing area. For information only, call (503)854-3346 or (800) 551-6949. To make reservations, call 1-800-452-5687.

  • Fishing

    Detroit Lake State Recreation Area is a good spot for fishing. Anglers can expect to find rainbow trout, catfish, kokanee (landlocked blueback salmon), and landlocked chinook. The lake is stocked.

  • Hiking

    One of the most prominent hikes in the park is to explore Detroit Lake. Hike the lake shore that is over nine miles long with more than 32 miles of shore line.

  • Historic Sites

    The visitor center has historical exhibits about the history of the lake. The lake is 400' deep and was created in 1953 as a part of the Detroit Damn project. In the visitor center there are educational toys for sale.

  • RVing

    There are plenty of RVing opportunities at Detroit Lake. With 106 full hookup and 72 electrical, spots provide everything you need to set up your RV. For information only, call (503)854-3346 or (800) 551-6949. To make reservations, call 1-800-452-5687.

  • Water Sports

    Detroit Lake provides great opportunities for water skiing and wakeboarding. There are also two swimming location on Detroit Lake Beach in the recreation area where swimming is permitted. There is no lifeguard on duty and swimming is at your own risk.

Seasonality/Weather

Open year-round. F-Loop will remain open this winter for a trial run. The loop will be first-come, first-served beginning November 1st.

Directions

Driving

OR 22, 50 miles east of Salem.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(503) 854-3346

Campground reservations

(800) 551-6949

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