Detroit Reservoir

Detroit Reservoir fishing and nearby resorts and campgrounds and RV parks


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.

Vital stats
Open March 1 - Nov. 28.
$3 daily day-use fee or buy a 12-month permit for $25, or a 24-month permit for $40. These 1- and 2-year permits are good at all state park day-use areas.

106 full hookup, 72 electrical, 133 tent (maximum site 60 feet), 82 boat slips. For information only, call (503)854-3346 or (800) 551-6949. To make reservations, call 1-800-452-5687.

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, in partnership with Willamette National Forest, operates Detroit Lake State Recreation Area through a Special Use Permit from the USDA, US Forest Service, an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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Detroit Reservoir:  has been stocked with catchable-sized rainbow trout this season.  Cool early spring water temperatures will allow anglers to fish quite close to the surface to be successful, so bank angling can be most productive in the spring.  In addition to trout, Detroit and Green Peter support kokanee and chinook populations that provide anglers with the opportunity to catch a larger fish.  Both kokanee and chinook are more sensitive to warmer water temperatures than rainbow, and will move deeper into the lake as summer comes on.  Foster and Green Peter also support good numbers of bass that will start to bite as the water becomes warmer.  Most boat ramps should be usable by late April.

Park rates (subject to change)
May 1 to September 30
Full rate: $20
Electrical hookup: $20
Tent site: $16
Extra vehicle: $5
Boat moorage: $7
Daily day use: $3
Yearly day use: $25
October 1 to April 30 (Discovery Season)
Full rate: $16
Electrical hookup: $16
Tent site: $12
Extra vehicle: $5
Boat moorage: $7
Daily day use: $3
Yearly day use: $25

Camping Accessible camping Tent
Electric Full hookup Showers
Reservations Playgrounds Wildlife watching
Bird watching Native plant Boating
Boat ramp Boat slips Marina
Fishing Swimming Special events
Nature programs Celebrations Athletics
Interpretive events Forest Lake
Mountains Interpretation Interpretive tours
Evening programs Interpretive signs Interpretive displays
Nature/Visitor center Interpretive store ADA restroom

Check with for current information about this facility. The info above was posted from their website but is for general information purposes only and is subject to change.

Detroit Lake Camping Information

LOCATION: Detroit Lake is located 50 miles East of Salem, Oregon.

ACCESS: To reach the lake, take Hwy 22 East exit from I-5 at Salem. The town of Detroit is located on the East end of the lake.

FACILITIES: Numerous campgrounds exist along the shoreline and within close proximity to the lake. Some of these campgrounds provide accessible camping and other opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

There is one small boat-in campground located on Piety Island.

There are two forest service day use sites located on the lakeshore; Detroit Flats and Upper Arm.

There are also floating toilets provided for the use of boaters. Take advantage of these facilities to keep Detroit Lake clean and inviting.

Oregon State Parks offers camping at Detroit Lake State Park. Mongold day use area has a large developed boat launch facility and is located 1.5 miles west of the town of Detroit. To learn more about the amenities and rates for camping and day use visit

ACTIVITIES: Besides community events throughout the year, Detroit Lake offers a variety of activities such as fishing, boating, sailing, swimming, picnicking, camping and wildlife viewing.
Several varieties of water fowl can be seen at the lake, including Osprey and Bald Eagles which can be observed fishing.

Nearby activities include hiking trails and the West Cascades Scenic Byway.

SERVICES: The city of Detroit is a full service community. To learn more about the community amenities, services and marinas visit

ABOUT the RESERVOIR: The 3,500 acre lake is located in the Cascade Mountains below Mt. Jefferson on the Willamette National Forest. The U.S.Army Corps of Engineers built the lake and dam in 1951-53. The lake stores water of the North Santiam River, controlling runoff and providing flood control, irrigation, downstream navigation improvement, recreation and power generation, while preserving the quality of the North Santiam Canyon environment. To learn more about the lake and construction of the dam visit the Army Corps of Engineers website at

WATER LEVELS: Water levels and boat ramp accessibility information is available from the Oregon State Marine Board website 

Expect lower water levels in the fall through late spring. As the lake begins to fill in the spring, large woody debris enters the lake due to winter runoff; use caution during this time.

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