Drive time: 2 hours
IF YOU LOVE everything about Detroit Lake except the crowds—like the 32 miles of stellar sun-worshipping shoreline and the deep green of the surrounding Willamette National Forest—Humbug is for you. Set on a bend in the Breitenbush River, just five miles from where it empties into Detroit, this quiet jewel provides easy access to the lake and Breitenbush Hot Springs. That’s if you ever leave your campground. With the river riffling nearby, beckoning you to cast a line for rainbow trout, and the mile-long Humbug Flats Trail tracing its rhododendron-dotted banks, you’ve got plenty of reasons to stay right where you are.
Vitals: Open May to September; 22 sites; $12; drinking water; vault toilets; fire pits; picnic tables; dogs allowed
Detroit Lake State Park
This campground boasts 117 tent sites, two boat docks, a gift shop, and great trout fishing.
Piety Island Campground
In the summer, the only way to get to Piety Island is by boat. But that doesn’t mean it’s quiet: the island attracts a boisterous bunch.
Drive time: 2 hours
FORTY MILES from Estacada, this rustic retreat doesn’t get as much traffic as better-known lakes in the Mt Hood National Forest. Which is just fine with us, because that means you’ll have the 15-acre, 30-foot-deep blue-green lake all to yourself. Only nonmotorized boats are allowed on Hideaway, which hosts both brook and cutthroat trout, but be prepared to carry your craft a ways through a thick hemlock-and-fir forest to the water. At the north end of Hideaway, you can connect with the 8.5-mile Rock Lakes Basin loop trail, which meanders through the forest to several other alpine lakes. Along the way, you’ll pass bright blooms of rhododendrons and camera-worthy glimpses of Mounts Hood and Adams—but (probably) not another soul.
Vitals: Open May to September; 9 sites; $15; vault toilets; fire pits; picnic tables; dogs allowed
Also Nearby: Lake Harriet Campground
This sweet little lake is an angler favorite, but the 13 sites fill up fast. Alder Flat Campground The six sites here require a mile hike to the edge of the Clackamas River. But once you’re there, you won’t have much company.