Big Lake West Campground

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Big Lake West Campground offers sites located on the shores of Big Lake, situated at the top of the Santiam Pass. Opportunities to enjoy the outdoors are numerous and range from off-highway vehicle exploring to swimming and hiking.

Natural Features:

The surrounding mountains visible from the campground include Mt. Washington, Three Fingered Jack, the Three Sisters and Mt. Bachelor. The high elevation forest surrounding the campground includes hemlock, fir, and lodgepole pine – providing shade on a hot summer’s day as you enjoy the beauty of Big Lake. Wildlife viewing may include black bears, deer, raccoons, cougar, chipmunks and elk.


Several off-highway vehicle trails within the Santiam Pass Dispersed Motorized Recreation Area and a mountain biking route to Sand Mountain Lookout Tower are all close by. Hikers will find easy access to trailheads for the Patjens Trail, Big Lake Trail, Sand Mountain Lookout, Mt. Washington Wilderness and the Pacific Crest Trail all passing just east of the campground.

Water enthusiasts will enjoy the many summer activities at Big Lake including: waterskiing, sailing, swimming, boating, and fishing.


This tent only campground has vault toilets, drinking water, a boat ramp and swimming area. Ice and firewood are also available. Each campsite is equipped with a picnic table and campfire ring.