Big Lake


Big Lake Campground sits at its namesake lake along Santiam Pass, a 4,800-foot mountain pass through the Cascade Range in western Oregon.

Campers enjoy views of the lake with the beautiful Mt. Washington as a backdrop.

Natural Features:

Surrounded by Alpine fir, hemlock and lodge pole pine, the campground sits on the western side of the lake.

Big Lake, at elevation 4,600 feet, is in the Willamette National Forest, which spans 1.6 million acres on the western slopes of the Cascade Mountains.


Water skiing, sailing and swimming are among the favorite activities at the lake.

The Patjens Lakes and Pocket Way Trails offer excellent hiking opportunities. The Patjens Trail follows the western side of Big Lake, heads south into the Mt. Washington Wilderness, passes alongside the scenic Patjens Lakes, and then loops back to the campground.


Big Lake Campground offers about 49 spacious campsites for tent or RV camping. Drinking water, vault toilets and a boat ramp are provided.

Nearby Attractions:

Several hiking trails and off-loading trails are in the area. Explore the Santiam Pass region on the Sisters Oregon Scenic Byway that passes through 130 miles of lava fields, lakes and waterfalls.