The trail around the Detroit Lake Oregon State Park campground was easy and fun. About 2 years ago, we had camped there, and they were just building it. We hiked around, but there were some interesting parts where we were on the edge of a steep bank, walking in little creeks, etc. Now, it is all finished and was a good hike. There are stairs like these to get around some of the worst spots, now, and cute little bridges to cross the creeks.
On our recent camping trip, we hiked different parts of the trail on different days. One side runs along HWY 22, inside a fence, and curves between the campsites and the road. The other side of the trail goes along Detroit Lake itself. It makes a loop.
On the west end, you can see Mt. Jefferson peeking out between the hills. Right now, the lake is pretty low, because it is a reservoir, and they let the water in and out as needed.
On one of our hikes, we witnessed a male Canada goose chasing away others from “his” territory and mate. On other trips, we saw many, many baby geese. It’s just too early for that, yet.
It would be a good hike to take if, even if you were just passing through the area on the way to Central Oregon. I think you would have to pay the day-use fee, though, if you parked in the campground itself. Of course, when you are camping, it’s included.
This picture is from a couple of years ago, but I’m sure the sight will be repeated this spring, as usual. I cannot tell you how cute the babies were to see in person–we enjoyed them. Detroit Lake Campground will always hold a special place in our hearts, since it is the first place we ever took Patsy camping. It has been heartwarming to see how she has learned to enjoy it so much when we all go together.