- USFS District: Sisters
- Area: Suttle Lake
The Suttle Lake Area is located off Hwy 20 about 10 miles southeast of the Santiam Summit of the Cascades. This medium size lake is great for the fisherman, the skier, the windsurfer, or just the quiet boater. The area is especially popular with the locals but generally not one of the better known camping areas. The campers who come here are often ones who come again year after year. There are three campgrounds on the lake giving a total of about 100 campsites. About half of these campsites can be reserved through the national reservation system.The campgrounds are especially popular with the RV set, but the campsites are great for the tent campers too. There are four ramps to put in your boats and easy access in several places for your kayak, sailboard, or other small boat. The water is a little cold for swimming until late in the season, but plenty of people do get in the water.
The fourth campground in the area is about a mile away on Scout Lake. The lake is small but clear and warms up quickly for swimming. This is the local swimming hole for the Sisters community, but rarely is crowded. The campsites are perfect for medium size groups. All the sites can be reserved through the national reservation system. Some sites are for double groups and one for a triple party. But the whole campground can be reserved if you do so soon enough.
Please be aware that the day use areas require a Northwest Forest Pass from the Forest Service. These can be purchased from the Sisters Ranger District. (Sorry, Hoodoo hosts do not sell the pass) If you are camping on Suttle Lake you do not need a pass to use the day use areas on Suttle Lake, but you do need a pass if you park your car up at Scout Lake. Likewise campers at Scout Lake need a pass if they park down at Suttle Lake. Campers, if you are parking at the day use areas where you are camping you should ask your host for a day use Hoodoo pass. This pass will help clarify to the Forest Service officer that you are a camper in that campground. The Northwest Forest Pass is a way for the Forest Service to help raise money to keep our day use areas open and clean. So please remember if you are not a camper, or a Suttle Lake camper parking at Scout Lake, or a Scout Lake camper parking at Suttle Lake, you will need a NW Forest Pass. You may purchase these by the season or by the day.