USFS Detroit Ranger District – Southshore Campground and Day Use

Latitude 44° 42' 19.4400" N Longitude 122° 10' 34.2700" W

Southshore Campground is located along Blowout Road (Forest Service Road #10) approximately 7 miles south of Detroit, Oregon, at an elevation of 1,600 feet. It is a 15-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 4.7 miles to Southshore Campground on the right.

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

About the Park

Southshore Campground provides 30 campsites, 25 single and 5 double sites, in two main loops.  There are both reservable and FCFS campsites. The sites can accommodate trailers up to 30 feet in length.  All sites are equipped with picnic tables and fire rings.  The Boat Launch area includes the launch and two courtesy docks.  Drinking water is available to both sites via individual faucet risers located throughout the campground.  There are two double-vault toilets, and two single-vault toilets located in accessible locations throughout the sites.  Trash receptacles are located in the campground.  There are approximately 43 parking spaces for use at the boat ramp area, which have also been used as overflow parking (ex. extra vehicle w/boat trailer) or the campground.

A mix of wooded and open sites are available, located a little further away from the busier portions of Detroit Lake. You’ll find quiet camping on all but the busiest weekends. Detroit Lake covers 3,500 acres and is surrounded by groves of Douglas fir.

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 by reserving online at RECREATION.GOV or by calling 877-444-6777.


Southshore Campground

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 $25/night

Double $42/night

Day Use Fee $9

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.