Boat & camp all year at Detroit Lake (2010)
Now a year-round outdoor destination
A celebration of the winter boat launch at Mongold Day-use Area coincides with news that campers can stay year-round at Detroit Lake State Recreation Area.
The public is invited to the Oct. 16 event to celebrate the 825-foot concrete ramp that allows boaters to launch their crafts during winter’s lower water levels. The event begins at 1 p.m. at the Mongold Day-use Area and includes a ribbon-cutting and light refreshments.
The launch was built through a partnership among Oregon State Parks, the Oregon State Marine Board, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The collective goal of the agencies is to give the Detroit community an economic boost. “With the lake now open to boaters all year, giving them an overnight camping option is a logical next step,” said Park Manager Bob Rea. “It gives us the chance to support local businesses during the winter.”
Loop F in the campground will be open on a first-come, first-served basis November-March. The loop has 33 full hookup (sewer, electricity and water) RV sites. The ADA portion of the Loop F restroom and showers will be open. Firewood will be available.
What about snow? Rea says that the park snowplow can handle 6-12 inches and easily remove snow from the loop. “We don’t usually get too much snow,” said Rea. “Every few years we may get a heavy snowfall. This is our first winter open. If the snow gets too deep, we may have to close temporarily but we will play it by ear.”