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Overview of Shady Cove Campground

Shady Cove Campground is located within the Willamette National Forest in Oregon, an area known for its lush forests, clear waterways, and diverse wildlife. It offers visitors a chance to immerse themselves in nature and take part in outdoor recreational activities like fishing, canoeing, and hiking.


The campground is situated on the bank of the McKenzie River, providing scenic views and easy access to water-based activities. It is generally found east of Eugene, Oregon, and depending on where you are coming from, there might be different driving directions.

Facilities and Amenities

  • Campsites: Shady Cove Campground offers a number of campsites, each equipped with a picnic table and a fire ring. Some sites might offer tent pads and may be more suitable for tent camping than for RVs.

  • Toilets: The campground usually provides vault toilets.

  • Water: Drinking water is typically available, but it’s advisable to check current conditions or advisories before visiting.

  • Garbage: Visitors are expected to pack out all trash.


  • Fishing: The McKenzie River is popular for trout and salmon fishing.

  • Hiking: There are trails in the area for all levels of hikers.

  • Boating: Canoeing and kayaking are great ways to enjoy the river's beauty.

Reservations and Fees

Reservations for Shady Cove Campground may be available through a reservation system such as Recreation.gov, and there is often a fee for camping. It’s important to book in advance, especially during peak season.

Season and Access

The campground is typically open from late spring through fall. Access during winter might be limited due to snow, and some facilities may be closed or reduced.

Regulations and Safety

  • Fire Safety: Be aware of fire restrictions, especially during dry summer months.

  • Wildlife: Properly store food to avoid attracting bears and other wildlife.

  • Water Safety: If you're engaging in water activities, wear a life jacket and be aware of water conditions and currents.

  • Pets: If pets are allowed, they usually need to be kept on a leash.

Local Attractions

  • McKenzie River Trail: A renowned trail that offers spectacular hiking and mountain biking experiences.

  • Terwilliger Hot Springs: Natural hot springs located within a short drive from the campground.

  • Clear Lake: Known for its crystal-clear waters and scenic beauty, you can enjoy boating and fishing.

Tips for Visiting

  • Pre-book your campsite to ensure availability.
  • Check the weather forecast and prepare for changing conditions.
  • Bring environmentally friendly soaps and detergents.
  • Ensure you have a valid fishing license if you plan to fish.
  • Be prepared for a lack of cell service in remote areas.


Shady Cove Campground in Willamette National Forest is a beautiful and serene destination for campers and nature enthusiasts. As with any trip into the wilderness, preparation and a respect for nature and local regulations will ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. Contact the local ranger district for the most current information before planning your trip.

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