Carter Lake Campground is a small campground within Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area on the north shore of a lake by the same name. Carter Lake is long and narrow, spanning 28 acres, and is surrounded by the dunes and thick vegetation on all sides. Campsites at Carter Lake Campground are surrounded by shore pine, sitka spruce, and Douglas fir trees. Some of the campsites are close enough to the lake that it is possible to take just a few steps from your campsite to cast a fishing line. The campground is part of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, which is known for its wind-towering sand dunes that rise to about 500 feet above sea level.
In addition to shore fishing, the lake is boat accessible. There is also a hiking trail nearby that leads into the dunes. While the dunes are accessible from the campground, they are not accessible for off-road driving at this spot.
There are 22 campsites in Carter Lake Campground, all of which include a picnic table, fire ring, and access to drinking water, and flush toilets.
Carter Lake Campground Features
|Number of Campsites:||22 Campsites|
|Cost:||Campsites $17-20/night + Reservation Fees|
|RV/Trailer Length:||30 Feet|
|Cell Phone Service:||Yes|
|Operating Season:||Open May through October 31st|
|Geo Coordinates:||43.85667, -124.14611|
|Nearest City/Town:||Florence, Oregon|
|Location:||Douglas County, Oregon|
|Paved Road Access:||Yes|
|Proximity to Stores:||Store located about 8 miles away in Florence|
|Directions:||From Florence, Oregon, travel south on US Highway 101 for 11 miles. The Carter Lake Campground entrance is on the west side of Highway 101.|
Maps & Brochures
|Web:||Carter Lake Campground – Siuslaw National Forest|
|Reservations:||Carter Lake Campground Reservations – via Reserve America|
When To Go
Spring – Early Summer – The best time to go to Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area is from Spring to Early Summer, this is generally when the campgrounds are least busy and the weather is still warm.
Sunday 12/17 20%
High 52° / Low 43°
Cloudy skies early, then partly cloudy this afternoon. Slight chance of a rain shower. High 52F. Winds light and variable.
Monday 12/18 20%
High 53° / Low 46°
Cloudy. High 53F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.
Tuesday 12/19 80%
High 49° / Low 39°
Windy with morning showers evolving to a steady, soaking rain in the afternoon. High 49F. Winds SW at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of rain 80%. Rainfall possibly over one inch.
Wednesday 12/20 20%
High 49° / Low 33°
Intervals of clouds and sunshine. High 49F. Winds NW at 10 to 15 mph.
Thursday 12/21 10%
High 48° / Low 34°
A mainly sunny sky. High 48F. Winds light and variable.
Friday 12/22 20%
High 47° / Low 31°
Some sun in the morning with increasing clouds during the afternoon. High 47F. Winds light and variable.
What To Do
Hiking – The Carter Dune Trail leads from the lake and campground into the dunes, and is wheelchair accessible
Fishing – Fishing from the shore is a popular activity at Carter Lake Campground