Islet Campground

Westfir, Oregon 97492

Islet Campground

Islet Campground Professional Review and Guide

"Though not many people seem to know about it, Waldo Lake is Oregon’s second-biggest natural lake (after Crater Lake), with a surface area of 9.8 square miles. It is also Oregon’s second-deepest natural lake (again, after Crater Lake), averaging 128 feet with a maximum depth of 420 feet. It is reputed to be one of the purest lakes on Earth, some say nearly as pure as distilled water, because the only sources of water coming into the lake are precipitation and snowmelt. Partly because of the lake’s purity, when the weather is calm you can see 120 feet down into it. It is also ringed by old-growth forest and wilderness, with mountain views, trails all over the place, practically no motorboats allowed, and several great campsites.

The three campgrounds around the lake (Islet, North Waldo, and Shadow Bay) are pretty much the same, but Islet is the smallest one, so we’re recommending it. All three have the same facilities, basic layouts, and ideal locations right on the shore of the lake, so in the grand scheme of things, it doesn’t matter where you camp, just as long as you’re at Waldo Lake."

Islet Campground Reviews

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We arrived quite late on friday night, after what was truly a lovely drive from Portland, although maybe it took a bit longer than anticipated by Mapquest. Of the five campgrounds the first was a bit busy and appeared to have quite a few SUV's and people playing music. The second one, Dovre, is where we ended up staying, because it was getting late. It was an excellent choice, with an option to swim in the creek just a short stroll from the tent. The sites were in excellent condition and the atmosphere was friendly and quiet although there was a bit of a party going on at one of the sites. Elk Bend appeared to be nicer still, as per the guidebook, and we'll certainly go there next time.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Late June–October, depending on snow levels.
Boat Launch/Ramp, Boating, Hiking
Additional Use
Hoodoo Recreation Services for Willamette National Forest
Local Contacts
Fees per Night
Composting and vault toilets, piped drinking water, garbage service, recycle center, boat launch, interpretive sign.