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  • Elk Lake and the South Sister from the beach day-use area.- Elk Lake
  • Elk Lake and the South Sister from the beach day-use area.- Elk Lake
  • The Elk Lake beach day-use area.- Elk Lake
  • Elk Lake from the Sunset View beach and day-use area.- Elk Lake
  • Historic cabin on Elk Lake's northern shore.- Elk Lake
  • View of Elk Lake, looking south from the northwestern shore.- Elk Lake
  • Old Elk Lake Guard Station, now a visitor center and picnic area.- Elk Lake
  • Elk Lake Resort Marina.- Elk Lake
  • Elk Lake Resort boat ramp and rental area.- Elk Lake
  • Elk Lake shoreline near the Elk Lake Resort.- Elk Lake
  • Elk Lake shoreline near the Elk Lake Resort.- Elk Lake
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Numerous camping options. Lodging. Mountain views.
Cons: 
Open lake shared with sailboats.
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Region:
Central Oregon, OR
Congestion: 
High
Site characteristics: Water: 
Lake
Motorized watercraft allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Portage required: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Water difficulty: 
Easy / Class A
Current Local Weather:
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Paddle Description

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Why is Elk Lake a popular summer destination? It's probably the four campgrounds sprinkled around its shoreline, numerous cabin rental options, a full-size marina perfect for docking sailboats, several day-use beaches, central Oregon sunshine, Cascade mountain vistas, canoe and boat rental options, and a resort that serves some of the best huckleberry ice cream anywhere. Just a 32-mile drive west of Bend, Elk Lake is set on the northern end of Oregon's Cascade Lakes region, a 40-mile stretch of magically scenic subalpine lakes located between the Three Sisters Wilderness to the north and Diamond Peak to the south.

Although it's mostly visited during the summer months, Elk Lake is a year-round destination.  Situated at 4,900 feet, the lake is snowed-in during the winter months, but this doesn't stop many local winter enthusiasts who make the approximately 11-mile trek (one-way) to overnight at the unique winter destination of Elk Lake Resort, which keeps its doors open all year.

Note: The only vehicle access to the lake is via the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway, which is closed during the winter months due to extensive snow pack.  The highway typically opens in late June and closes in early November.

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