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Status: Closed through Thu Apr 17 2014   Season Dates


Carter Lake Campground is a family favorite in the Oregon Dunes Recreation Area. Part of the campground is located on the dunes where children love to play in the sand, and the other half is located on Carter Lake, perfect for fishing, swimming and boating. The Pacific coast is just a short drive away.

Natural Features:

Campsites are nestled among shore pine, sitka spruce and Douglas fir, with trimmed hedges of rhododendron. Carter Lake spans 28 acres at an altitude of 100 feet. The campground is part of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, known for its wind-sculpted sand dunes towering up to 500 feet above sea level.


Hike the Carter Dune Trail, which attracts campers and locals alike. Fishing for rainbow trout is a good way to pass the time, and canoeing and kayaking are excellent on Carter Lake.

The dunes region is famous for off-road vehicle riding trails, too.


Drinking water and flush toilets are available and each site has a campfire pit and picnic table. Parking aprons are paved.

Nearby Attractions:

Explore the waterways of the region, including Oregon's lovely Pacific Ocean, Tahkenitch Lake and Siltcoose Lake.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Drinking Water
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Hiking
  • Host
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Area
  • Swimming
Within 10 Miles
  • Boat Rentals
  • Crabbing
  • Grocery Store
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Off-Road Vehicle Trails
  • Showers
Know Before You Go
  • No off-road vehicles allowed in campground
  • For more information on Siuslaw National Forest, click here

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
43.85667, -124.14611
43°51'24"N, 124°8'46"W

From Florence, travel south on Highway 101 for 11 miles. Carter Lake Campground entrance is on the west side of Highway 101.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

81800 Highway 101
Gardiner OR 97441