Mongold Day-Use Recreational Area – 6/198

Oregon State Park #6 of 198!

After our 4-mile hike at Silver Falls, the kids really wanted to recuperate and play in some water. I did a quick search for nearby lakes with swimming areas and discovered the Mongold Recreation Area. It is essentially a large boat ramp and a nearby swimming area. Not a huge park, but it does have a grassy picnic area, ample bathrooms, a roped off swimming area, and gorgeous 180 degree views!

Are you interested in lake swimming in Oregon?? Watch the video below for more information about this State Park.


Mongold Day-Use Area Website


Detroit, Oregon

Parking Fees:

$5 per car Day Use Parking Permit. Some parking kiosks do not accept credit cards, so try to bring cash just in case. Or, you can purchase an annual pass here for $30.

Personal Experience:

  • Beauty = A
  • Kid Friendly = A+
  • Fees = $5
  • Facilities = B+ (Some challenges finding parking)

Book Sources:

More Resources:

Full Oregon State Park Video Playlist

Our Story:

I’m an adventurous soul who feels most at home surrounded by trails, trees, and water. Hiking is my peace and meditation, and I am so glad to be sharing this with the whole family. In Spring of 2022, our family took a weekend trip to the Oregon Coast and it was just as I remembered it when I was young. Breathtaking beauty, misty rain, and vast greenery. We visited several locations down the central coast that weekend and I craved more. We passed so many State Parks that looked intriguing, but I knew nothing about them, so I bought a book about the Oregon State Parks for future trip planning. When I was reading the book I realized… I want to see then ALL! So the family decided to embark on the adventure of visiting every State Park in Oregon (and hopefully moving on to Washington after).

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