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The Chemeketan cabin, Thunderbird Lodge, is located about 65 miles from Salem on U.S. Forest Service land near Mt. Jefferson. There are numerous hiking trails in the area and in winter there is usually enough snow for skiing on the road or nearby trails.

Thunderbird Lodge is available for private use by Chemeketan members and their guests. At least one adult Chemeketan member must be present. For availability, see the Reservation Calendar. For reservations, see Cabin Contacts and the Rental Form, below.

Facilities: The cabin is rustic wood frame construction. Water is obtained from the nearby creek (drinking water must be boiled or brought from home). Latrines are old-fashioned outhouses. The building is heated by two wood stoves and a fireplace. Cooking is done on a wood range or bring your own bottled gas stove (or rent ours). There is no electricity at the cabin. Propane lanterns only and/or flashlights are used for light. There is no garbage service at the cabin so plan to pack it out.

Space: There is bunk space for 25 people. Additional people could sleep on the floor or in their vehicles but more than 30 people tends to tax all the facilities. Users provide their own sleeping bags and mattresses. A good, heavy sleeping bag is a must in the winter. Some blankets are available. There is no smoking inside the cabin, no pets inside or out, and no alcoholic beverages. You may park your car at the cabin which has a locked gate.

Thunderbird Lodge Campground: Camp on the secluded, private grounds of Thunderbird Lodge on Whitewater Creek. Fee includes gated, locked entrance, toilets, fire-pit, and wood. Fees do not include access to cabin interior. There is no drinking water. For availability, see the Reservation Calendar. For reservations, see Cabin Contacts and the Rental Form, below.  


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Cabin Contacts:

  • For Cabin Rentals or more information, contact Bill Wylie, 503-378-0315.

  • For maintenance and repair issues, contact Bill Wylie, 503-378-0315.

Cabin Rules

Checkout List

Permit: View the Special Use Permit here.