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.

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Carter Lake Campground Features

Campground Type: Organized
Number of Campsites: 22 Campsites
Cost: Campsites $17-20/night + Reservation Fees
Use Level: Medium
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Fire Rings: Yes
Drinking Water: Yes
Toilets: Yes
Showers: None
Trash/Dumpsters: Yes
Hiking Access: Yes
Beach/Lake Access: Yes
RV/Trailer Length: 30 Feet
RV/Trailer Amenities: None
Cell Phone Service: Yes
Wifi: None
Operating Season: Open May through October 31st

Getting There

Geo Coordinates: 43.85667, -124.14611
Nearest City/Town: Florence, Oregon
Elevation: Sea Level
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

Carter Lake Campground Map




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.

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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

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