The countryside surrounding Albany is some of the most beautiful you’ll find anywhere. From rushing waterfalls to mountain lakes to peaceful parks, the mid-valley is full of picturesque places to stay.
If you’re itching to get out and experience nature firsthand, Linn County has many camping spots, both public and privately operated. Some are full-service facilities with showers, while others are rustic and natural. Whether you’re interested in a tent site, an RV spot or a cozy cabin, there’s a camping spot near Albany to meet your needs. Check out our campground listings for full details.
Albany-Corvallis KOA Kampground
Located just six miles southwest of Albany, the family-owned Albany/Corvallis KOA sits next to the Calapooia River just south of Highway 34. It features cabins, tent sites, and RV hookups, as well as showers, a swimming pool, miniature golf, playground, and a nature trail that winds along the banks of the nearby Calapooia River. Full hook-up sites, clean restrooms, hot showers, pool, cable TV, public phones, mail service, propane, picnic tables, dump station for guests only, laundry facilities. 105 campsites, reservations recommended.
Cascadia State Park
This incredibly tranquil state park is located east of Sweet Home in Linn County’s Cascade foothills. It was once part of a vacation resort in the early 1900s. The campground is May-September and includes 26 primitive campsites, picnic facilities, hiking trails, fishing, handicap access, play area, and a historic soda water spring with a hand pump.
Located in the eastern half of Linn County, in the Cascade Mountains. Next to the stunningly clear waters of the lake are rustic cabins and scenic campsites. A lodge offers meals and boat rentals. Within the crystal-clear waters are the remains of a submerged prehistoric forest, making the lake popular with freshwater divers.
Detroit Lake State Park
Located on Highway 22, 64 miles northeast of Albany. Detroit Lake’s campground offers nearly 300 sites on the shore of a forest-ringed canyon reservoir in the Cascade Mountains. The nine-mile-long lake is a popular destination for fishing, boating, and other water sports. Sightseers enjoy views of snow-capped Mt. Jefferson in the distance.
Open year-round. Picnic facilities, hiking trails, swimming, fishing, boat ramp, camp showers, moorage.
John Neal Park
On the North Santiam River near Lyons, 30 miles northeast of Albany. Fishing, floating and rafting on the wild waters of the North Santiam River are the main attractions for visitors to this 30-acre park. While camping or enjoying a picnic at John Neal, visitors can search for the park’s abundant wildlife on trails that wind through wetlands and beaver ponds.
40 campsites. Modest charge. Hiking, picnic facilities, fishing. Open spring-fall.
Pioneer Park, located along a tranquil bend of the Calapooia River in the historic town of Brownsville, has been in use since the 1840s. The park features tent or RV camping (no hookups), fishing, swimming, playgrounds, picnic areas, softball fields, reservable picnic shelters, and a pavilion with a stage.
Quartzville Recreation Corridor Camping
The Quartzville Recreation Corridor, east of Sweet Home, offers several rustic camping areas along Quartzville Creek, a nationally designated wild and scenic river.
River Bend Park
Linn County’s newest campground, this 90-acre park located east of Sweet Home along the South Santiam River offers a full range of outdoor recreation opportunities including trails, river access, camping, day-use and group facilities. With a total of 65 campsites plus reservable cabins, River Bend is perfect for quiet getaways. Modest charge. Open spring-fall.
East of Sweet Home on the shores of Foster Lake, Sunnyside is a paradise for anyone who loves water sports. Camping, water skiing, fishing and jet skiing are just a few of the activities that make this 98-acre park one of the most popular sites in the Willamette Valley. Modest charge. Hiking trails, fishing picnic facilities, showers, boat launch. Group picnic area can be reserved for a fee. Closed during winter months.
U.S. Forest Service Campgrounds
The Willamette National Forest stretches throughout the eastern half of Linn County and is home to more than 70 campgrounds, six of them along the South Santiam Travel Corridor, easily accessible from Highway 20. Fernview, House Rock, Longbow, Lost Prairie, Trout Creek and Yukwah all provide campgrounds operated by Linn County Parks, in the beautiful Willamette National Forest.
Located east of Lebanon in the small community of Waterloo, on the banks of the South Santiam River. This beautiful 128-acre park provides families with a great opportunity to fish, hike, swim and relax within its shady confines. 50 campsites with water and electric hook-ups. Group and family picnicking, fishing, swimming, hiking, playground, historic education, field sports. Open spring-fall. Modest charge.
Whitcomb Creek Park
Located east of Sweet Home on the shores of Green Peter Reservoir, this 328-acre rustic county park is perfect for enjoying spectacular mountain views, bird-watching, sailing, fishing, hiking, camping and water skiing. Bring your jet ski, speed boat or fishing boat and enjoy the beautiful waters of Green Peter Reservoir.
37 campsites, no utility hook-ups. Modest charge. Open spring-fall.