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.
Friday 10/20 80%
High 54° / Low 47°
A steady rain in the morning. Showers continuing in the afternoon. High 54F. Winds SW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 80%. Rainfall near a quarter of an inch.
Saturday 10/21 100%
High 58° / Low 55°
Rain and wind. High 58F. Winds SSW at 25 to 35 mph. Chance of rain 100%. Rainfall possibly over one inch. Winds could occasionally gust over 50 mph.
Sunday 10/22 100%
High 59° / Low 49°
Cloudy with periods of rain. High 59F. Winds SSW at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 100%. Rainfall around a half an inch.
Monday 10/23 10%
High 67° / Low 48°
Partly cloudy skies. High 67F. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph.
Tuesday 10/24 10%
High 68° / Low 48°
A mainly sunny sky. High 68F. Winds NNE at 5 to 10 mph.
Wednesday 10/25 30%
High 57° / Low 42°
Chance of Rain
A shower or two around the area in the morning, then partly cloudy in the afternoon. High 57F. SE winds shifting to NNW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 30%.
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