Limited camping at Detroit Lake State Recreation Area to reopen

DETROIT, Ore. (KTVZ) – Limited camping in the Detroit Lake State Recreation Area will reopen next Tuesday, April 20, after having been closed since September 2020 due to fire damage in Santiam Canyon.

Visitors can reserve some campsites up to six months in advance from 6 a.m. on April 19th for all stays after April 20th.

The websites will open according to the following timeline:

  • April 20: Loops F & G.
  • May 28: loops A, B and part of loops C and D.
  • June 18: Loops E, H and the rest of the C loop

Some websites are still closed to the public.

Reservations can be made from one day to six months in advance from April 19 at 6 a.m. through the OPRD partner site oregonstateparks.reserveamerica.com or by calling 800-452-5687.

The Detroit Lake State Recreation Area was in the eye of the Santiam Canyon forest fires, but the park was far less damaged than the nearby resort of Detroit.

“For the most part, visitors will not notice anything different than in previous years,” said park manager Bob Rea.

The park remained closed while staff cleared the burnt vegetation and repaired a damaged water tank. Rea plans to replace the tank in the fall.

“Restoring drinking water as soon as possible was our top priority,” he said. “I am confident that our water tank will carry us through the busy summer season.”

Located in the Cascade Mountains, the Detroit Lake State Recreation Area offers nearly 300 campsites on the banks of a forest reservoir. For more information about the park, visit the Oregon State Parks official website at stateparks.oregon.gov.

Visitors should continue to follow COVID-19 safety protocols when visiting state parks: limit gatherings, wear face-coverings, give space to others, and wash hands frequently. For more information about what to visit state parks during the pandemic, visit the Oregon State Parks COVID-19 FAQ page.

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