Detroit Lake – Cascade Mountains

Detroit Lake
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Detroit Lake

Detroit Lake

Detroit Lake

Detroit Lake

Located 50 miles east of Salem in the Cascade Mountains, Detroit Lake is an adventure lover’s paradise! That being said, it really does have something for everyone making it ideal for a family picnic or for a fun day out with friends.

The nine-mile-long Detroit Lake boasts exceptional scenic beauty with one of the sightseeing delights being the view of the snow-capped Mount Jefferson in the far distance. The area, surrounding the lake, consists of a challenging bike-way bringing together rock and water to create a unique experience, a camping ground, boat ramps, moorages, and a fishing dock.

The water sports available at this stunning lake including sailing, wake boarding, water skiing, kayaking and paddle boarding making Detroit Lake the perfect location for a fun summer day out.

General Description

Access allowed: All year from dawn until dusk
Walking distance: Short
Day-use fees: $5 per vehicle per day
12-month day-use parking permit for State Parks
24-month day-use parking permit for State Parks
Dogs: Must be on a leash
Usage: Moderate to heavy

  • 105 full-hookup site
  • 69 electrical sites with water
  • 98 tent sites with water nearby

Location: Detroit Lake State Recreation Area
GPS coordinates: 44.7098, -122.195
Elevation: 1600 ft (480 m)
Detroit Lake is located:

  • 3.8 miles of Detroit
  • 50 miles east of Salem.
  • 97 miles northeast of Eugene
  • 104 miles southeast of Portland

Address: 44000 North Santiam Highway, Detroit, OR 97342
Phone: 503-834-3346


Body of water: Reservoir
Water quality: Tea-brown, fair transparency
Current: None
Depth: Deep and shallow
Beach: Sandy
Water T° (summer): Cool to warm


Water sports
Scenic view-points


Flush toilets
Drinking water
Garbage service
Fishing docks
Boat ramp
Picnic sites
Visitor Center

Directions to Detroit Lake

Drive approximately 47 miles East on Highway OR-22/Santiam Highway SE from Salem to your destination on the right.

Oregon State Park

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