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Elk Lake, Bull of the Woods Wilderness

Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, Oregon

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Elk Lake, Bull of the Woods Wilderness

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  • A second, smaller boat ramp just to the east of the main ramp.- Elk Lake, Bull of the Woods Wilderness
  • A canoe nestled in grass amongst campsites in the trees.- Elk Lake, Bull of the Woods Wilderness
  • Main boat ramp.- Elk Lake, Bull of the Woods Wilderness
  • Access to the lake from one of the campsites.- Elk Lake, Bull of the Woods Wilderness
  • Vault toilets and a day use parking area.- Elk Lake, Bull of the Woods Wilderness
  • The creek that feeds the lake.- Elk Lake, Bull of the Woods Wilderness
  • Meadow below Battle Ax Mountain.- Elk Lake, Bull of the Woods Wilderness
  • Mount Beachie at the center of the west end of the lake with Battle Ax Mountain to the right.- Elk Lake, Bull of the Woods Wilderness
  • Close-up view of the rugged Mount Beachie.- Elk Lake, Bull of the Woods Wilderness
  • Paddlers enjoying the calm, clear lake.- Elk Lake, Bull of the Woods Wilderness
  • View from one of the free campsites at the east end of the lake.- Elk Lake, Bull of the Woods Wilderness
  • View from one of the free campsites at the east end of the lake.- Elk Lake, Bull of the Woods Wilderness
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Surrounding mountain and forested views. Non-motorized boating only. Nearby hiking trails. Campground.
Cons: 
Heavy use. Rough logging roads.
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Region:
Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, OR
Congestion: 
High
Site characteristics: Water: 
Lake
Parking Pass: 
NW Forest Pass
Portage required: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Summer
Total Distance: 
1.60 mi (2.57 km)
Water difficulty: 
Easy / Class A
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Paddle Description

Paddle Description

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A classic mountain lake nestled deep in the Willamette National Forest, Elk Lake is significantly sized to accommodate many human-powered and electric motor vessels. Boaters can enjoy calm waters with scenic views of nearby Battle Ax Mountain and Mount Beachie to the west. 

There is a single basic gravel boat ramp at the west end of the lake in the middle of the 17-site campground. Several vaulted toilets can be found in the campground, and there is no potable water source. There are also several non-designated, free campsites at the east end of the lake. 

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