Tucked in behind Hoodoo off Santiam Summit, Big Lake is really not that big. But the campground is excellent. Most sites have great lake views and are offer privacy on the southern end of the campground and open sites on the northern end. Pit toilets, piped water, picnic tables, and fire pits.
Bonuses: fantastic swimming beaches, especially the beach at the far end of the lake, about a half mile hike. Few bother to go there, and the beach is a sandy, gentle slope, backed by forest. Patjens Lakes trail-head is nearby. Great hike to mountain lakes.
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