USFS Detroit Ranger District – Cove Creek Campground, Group Camp, and Day Use

Latitude 44° 42' 43.2601" N Longitude 122° 9' 31.0000" W

Cove Creek Campground, Group Camp, and Day Use site is located along Blowout Road (Forest Service Road #10) approximately 6.2 miles south of Detroit, Oregon, at an elevation of 1,600 feet. It is a 45-acre site adjacent to Detroit Lake; The main travel surfaces within the campground are paved.

Park Location – From Detroit, Oregon, travel east on State Highway 22 for 2.7 miles to Blowout Road/Forest Service Road 10. From Idanha, Oregon, travel west on State Highway 22 for 0.7 miles to Blowout Road/Forest Service Road 10. Proceed on Blowout Road 3.6 miles to Cove Creek Campground on the right.

Park Usage – April 26, 2024 - September 29, 2024

About the Park

The campground area offers 60 campsites, 55 single and 5 double sites, that can accommodate railers up to 30 feet in length.  There are both reservable and FCFS Campsites. The campsites are laid out in two main loops with sites #1-36 in one and sites #37-63 in the other.  There is a designated host site (#1) near the entrance.  The group camp offers individual campsites and a picnic shelter that can accommodate up to 70 people.  20 vehicles, and trailers up to 30 feet in length.  All sites are equipped with picnic tables and fire rings.  The day use area includes a boat launch and 2 courtesy docks for loading and unloading only; no mooring is allowed.  There are approximately 35 parking spaces for use at the day use area, which have also been used as overflow parking (eg extra vehicle w/boat trailer) for the campground.

Campsites are surrounded by towering trees, which create a secluded atmosphere. Visitors enjoy exploring the area and discovering osprey hovering above or nesting in many trees.

Water is available to visitors from faucet risers throughout the site.  There are 4 double-flush toilets, 2 of which contain coin-operated showers, located throughout the site.  Trash receptacles are located in the campground.

This is a Scan and Pay campground. There are no refunds, modifications, cancellations, or other fee changes allowed with Scan and Pay payments. This system is the same as putting cash into a fee tube and cannot be refunded.

Reservations for this site can be made up to 6 months in advance of arrival date for individual camp sites and 12 months in advance of arrival date for the group camp by reserving online at RECREATION.GOV or by calling 877-444-6777.

Cove Creek Campground Map

Cove Creek Groupsite Map


Reservation Rules

Reservations, Cancellations and Changes must be made through

If I book this reservation today, what are my options to change or cancel?

Please remember that reservations at these facilities prevent other visitors from using these sites. Planned changes to your stay should be made as far in advance as possible. You can make changes to your reservation ahead of your arrival date in My Reservations via the Rec.Gov website.


If your new stay dates are completely different from your original stay dates, there is a $10 change fee (per reserved site). There are no additional fees for:

  • Adding or removing nights to your stay.
  • Changing to a different campsite.

Balances will adjust based on your new stay’s nightly rate.


You can cancel the reservation any time before the date of your scheduled arrival. You will receive a refund for your stay, minus the following fees:

  • $10 cancellation fee
  • Any reservation fees (only if paid when booking)
  • Any previous change fees

Late cancellation penalties may also apply:

What is “Late”?

For individual campsites, a late cancellation applies starting from midnight 1 calendar day before your scheduled check-in. For cabins and group sites, a late cancellation applies starting from midnight 14 calendar days or fewer before your scheduled check-in.

Late Fee

In addition to the fees listed above, a late cancellation will also subtract your first night’s recreation use fee from any refund owed. As of the expected check-in day, cancellations or changes to your stay are not possible through My Reservations. It is at the facility’s discretion to support additional Late Cancellations, No Show, or Early Departure updates – on-site personnel may not be able to assist. These changes carry penalties and may forfeit recreation use fees. For additional details, please visit  here.


Facility Rates

Single: $28/night

Double:  $52/night

Group:  $242/night

Day Use:  $9

Limit 1 vehicle per site; an $8 fee, per night, will be charged for additional vehicles

Nearby Attractions

Detroit Lake provides the major attraction for recreation opportunities at this site.  Detroit Lake provides countless water recreation opportunities abound such as boating, waterskiing, kayaking, fishing, etc.  Additionally, there are numerous trails in the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness and adjacent National Forest that recreational users come to the area to enjoy.

The Stahlman Point Trail is a quarter-mile from the campground entrance road. The trail meanders through younger Douglas fir forests and offers some memorable views of Detroit Lake.