Fish Lake Remount Depot

Willamette Foothills, Oregon

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  • Hall House.- Fish Lake Remount Depot
  • Fence near Hall House.- Fish Lake Remount Depot
  • Snowshoeing from Fish Lake Remount Depot.- Fish Lake Remount Depot
  • The view from inside Hall House.- Fish Lake Remount Depot
  • Hall House from the back.- Fish Lake Remount Depot
  • The Douglas fir forest across Fish Lake.- Fish Lake Remount Depot
  • Fish Lake Remount Depot sign from Highway 126.- Fish Lake Remount Depot
  • Snowy willows surrounding Fish Lake.- Fish Lake Remount Depot
  • Frozen Fish Lake.- Fish Lake Remount Depot
  • Fence near Hall House.- Fish Lake Remount Depot
  • Remount Depot gate.- Fish Lake Remount Depot
  • - Fish Lake Remount Depot
  • Frozen and shallow Fish Lake in winter.- Fish Lake Remount Depot
  • Frozen and shallow Fish Lake in winter.- Fish Lake Remount Depot
  • Frozen and shallow Fish Lake in winter.- Fish Lake Remount Depot
  • Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii).- Fish Lake Remount Depot
  • Commissary Cabin to the right.- Fish Lake Remount Depot
  • The Douglas fir forest around Fish Lake.- Fish Lake Remount Depot
  • Hall House from the side.- Fish Lake Remount Depot
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Short distance to cabins. Great lake view. Old-growth forest. Historical site.
Cons: 
Difficult winter travel. Cabins are very close to each other.
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Region:
Willamette Foothills, OR
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
Sno-Park Parking Permit
Open Dates: 
November 01 to April 15
Bedrooms: 
2
Bathrooms: 
1.00
Outhouse only: 
Yes
Dogs allowed inside: 
No
Current Local Weather:
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Clear throughout the day.
77°F
44°

Sun

Partly cloudy starting in the evening.
83°F
48°

Mon

Mostly cloudy starting in the evening.
81°F
51°

Tue

Light rain starting in the afternoon.
69°F
48°

Wed

Light rain in the morning.
58°F
42°

Thu

Partly cloudy in the morning.
63°F
37°

Fri

Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
64°F
44°

Details

ADA/Wheelchair Accessible: 
No
Pet Friendly (allowed inside): 
No
Wood Stove: 
No
Electricity: 
No
Heating (forced air or radiant): 
Yes
Potable Water: 
No
Showers: 
No
Firewood Provided: 
No
Kitchen: 
Yes
Outdoor Fire Pit/BBQ: 
No
Linens provided: 
No

Reservation Information

Managed by: 
McKenzie River Ranger District
Reservation phone #: 
541-822-3381
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Property Description

Property Description

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From the Lava Lake Sno-Park, guests can snowshoe or cross-country ski 0.75 miles to the historical Fish Lake Remount Depot cabins that rest at 3,200 feet near Santiam Pass. This compound, which was constructed as a field office in the early 1900s to house firefighters, wilderness guards, and pack animals, still operates as a staging area for Forest Service personnel heading in and out of the nearby wilderness areas. The remount depot also sits along the Santiam Trail, an historic route for Native Americans that wagon trains utilized in the mid-1800s. This particular site has functioned as a perfect resting spot for weary travelers for many years. You can even find a pioneer gravesite nearby.

Both Hall House and Commissary cabins are available to rent from winter through spring and are within close vicinity of one another. Hall House is the larger of the two cabins and includes two bedrooms, a kitchen, and a common room with a propane fireplace. It also has a front and center view of Fish Lake from its large porch, complete with chairs. The smaller Commissary Cabin includes a single bedroom, a common area with propane heating, and a small kitchen. Each cabin offers solar-powered lighting, propane stoves, sofas, very basic utensils, and cookware. An outhouse with a pit toilet is located nearby, however, potable water and electricity are not available. It is advised that guests bring additional lighting, bedding, toilet paper, matches, and trash bags to pack out trash.

In the winter, Fish Lake is commonly iced over and fairly shallow. In the summer the lake commonly dries up completely. Winter recreation opportunities through thick forests are abundant, and seven sno-parks are within a 15-minute drive. One can find marked cross-country ski and snowmobile trails at the Lava Lake Sno-Park. Wildlife is abundant in the area, and it isn't uncommon to spot Roosevelt elk, black bear, northern bald eagles, mule deer, and coyotes.

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