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08.10.17

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  • Boat dock/marina at Loon Lake Lodge + RV Resort.- Oregon's 60 Best Lakes for Summer
  • One of many shaded picnic areas around Lake Marie.- Oregon's 60 Best Lakes for Summer
  • The fishing dock on Tahkenitch Lake.- Oregon's 60 Best Lakes for Summer
  • Eel Lake: The fishing dock at William M. Tugman State Park.- Oregon's 60 Best Lakes for Summer
  • Carter Lake in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area.- Oregon's 60 Best Lakes for Summer
  • Rock Lake, Serene + Rock Lakes Hike.- Oregon's 60 Best Lakes for Summer
  • Little Crater Lake.- Oregon's 60 Best Lakes for Summer
  • Trillium Lake and Mount Hood (11,249 ft.). An Angler's Ideal Location- Oregon's 60 Best Lakes for Summer
  • Timothy Lake and Mount Hood (11,250').- Oregon's 60 Best Lakes for Summer
  • Stars over Mount Hood from Twin Lakes.- Oregon's 60 Best Lakes for Summer
  • Mount Hood (11,250') from Frog Lake.- Oregon's 60 Best Lakes for Summer
  • Headwaters of the Clackamas River, Clackamas Lake.- Oregon's 60 Best Lakes for Summer
  • View of Mount Hood (11,249') from the shore of Burnt Lake.- Oregon's 60 Best Lakes for Summer
  • Laurance Lake in the summer.- Oregon's 60 Best Lakes for Summer
  • Mount Hood (11,249') looking southeast across Lost Lake.- Oregon's 60 Best Lakes for Summer
  • Mount Hood (11,249 ft.) from above Mirror Lake.- Oregon's 60 Best Lakes for Summer
  • Walk-in campsite along the shoreline on Breitenbush Lake.- Oregon's 60 Best Lakes for Summer
  • Island Lake below Three Fingered Jack.- Oregon's 60 Best Lakes for Summer
  • Link Lake stays shallow for a few yards before becoming deep enough to swim, which is perfect for kids.- Oregon's 60 Best Lakes for Summer
  • Spectacular view of Mount Washington (7,795') rising over Big Lake.- Oregon's 60 Best Lakes for Summer
  • Canoe and boat rentals at the marina at Suttle Lake Lodge.- Oregon's 60 Best Lakes for Summer
  • Enjoying Henry Hagg Lake by paddleboard.- Oregon's 60 Best Lakes for Summer
  • The Three Sisters framed in Clear Lake's narrow waist.- Oregon's 60 Best Lakes for Summer
  • Vivian Lake.- Oregon's 60 Best Lakes for Summer
  • Demaris Lake and Broken Top (9,175') in fall.- Oregon's 60 Best Lakes for Summer
  • View across Todd Lake, looking southeast toward Mount Bachelor (9,068').- Oregon's 60 Best Lakes for Summer
  • Sparks Lake: The lake becomes quite still in the early morning and late evening hours.- Oregon's 60 Best Lakes for Summer
  • View from an island on Waldo Lake's northern edge.- Oregon's 60 Best Lakes for Summer
  • Three Sisters from Eileen Lake in the Three Sisters Wilderness.- Oregon's 60 Best Lakes for Summer
  • View of Lava Lake and South Sister (10,358') looking north.- Oregon's 60 Best Lakes for Summer
  • South Sister (10,358'), the tip of Broken Top (9,177') and Mount Bachelor (9,068') from Little Lava Lake's boat ramp area.- Oregon's 60 Best Lakes for Summer
  • View of South Sister and Broken Top from Lucky Lake.- Oregon's 60 Best Lakes for Summer
  • Hosmer Lake.- Oregon's 60 Best Lakes for Summer
  • Paulina Lake, Newberry National Volcanic Monument- Oregon's 60 Best Lakes for Summer
  • View of East Lake's south beach from the campground.- Oregon's 60 Best Lakes for Summer
  • South Sister reflecting in Green Lake.- Oregon's 60 Best Lakes for Summer
  • Three Creek Lake with Tam McArthur Rim (7,732') beyond.- Oregon's 60 Best Lakes for Summer
  • Panoramic view of Moraine Lake and South Sister (10,358').- Oregon's 60 Best Lakes for Summer
  • Devils Lake.- Oregon's 60 Best Lakes for Summer
  • Hand Lake: In early summer, the waters meet a green marsh.- Oregon's 60 Best Lakes for Summer
  • Elk Lake Resort boat ramp and rental area.- Oregon's 60 Best Lakes for Summer
  • Walton Lake from the eastern shore.- Oregon's 60 Best Lakes for Summer
  • Indigo Lake offers a spectacular vista of Sawtooth Mountain (7,301').- Oregon's 60 Best Lakes for Summer
  • Summit Lake at dawn.- Oregon's 60 Best Lakes for Summer
  • Crescent Lake's blue waters.- Oregon's 60 Best Lakes for Summer
  • Rockpile Lake.- Oregon's 60 Best Lakes for Summer
  • Crater Lake: View of Llao Rock and Mount Theilsen (9,182').- Oregon's 60 Best Lakes for Summer
  • Squaw Lakes in the Siskiyou National Forest.- Oregon's 60 Best Lakes for Summer
  • Fish Lake in late fall.- Oregon's 60 Best Lakes for Summer
  • Mann Lake and Steens Mountain (9,734').- Oregon's 60 Best Lakes for Summer
  • Fishing for brook trout at Little Strawberry Lake.- Oregon's 60 Best Lakes for Summer
  • High Lake at sunset.- Oregon's 60 Best Lakes for Summer
  • Wallowa Lake in late winter.- Oregon's 60 Best Lakes for Summer
  • Aneroid Lake.- Oregon's 60 Best Lakes for Summer
  • Ice Lake's west shore.- Oregon's 60 Best Lakes for Summer
  • Glacier Lake.- Oregon's 60 Best Lakes for Summer
  • Looking east across a frozen Crater Lake.- Oregon's 60 Best Lakes for Summer
  • Lakeside Campsite as the Sun Rises Over Eagle Cap and Mirror Lake- Oregon's 60 Best Lakes for Summer
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In a state with extremely diverse landscapes... lush old growth forests, coastal dunes, volcanic peaks, sagebrush and juniper dominated high desert, and granite mountains there's one constant, incredible lakes can be found throughout Oregon. And in the state with the deepest and most recognizable lake in the United States, Crater Lake, we'd expect no less.

Now that summer is in full swing, we've created a guide to the state's best natural lakes so that you can make the most of the season.

​With each lake, we've also designated their key attributes to help in your weekend adventure planning, including:

  • Hike-in required (Hike)
  • Adjacent campground(s) (Campground)
  • Adjacent lodging (Lodging)
  • Boat rental (Boats)
  • Boat ramp (Ramp)
  • Motorized boats allowed over 10 m.p.h. (Motors)

​Oregon Coast

  1. Loon Lake (Campground, Lodging, Boats, Ramp, Motors)
  2. Lake Marie
  3. Tahkenitch Lake (Campground, Ramp, Motors)
  4. Eel Lake (Campground, Ramp)

Mount Hood + Clackamas River Area

  1. Serene + Rock Lakes (Hike: 8 miles, 330 ft. elev. gain)
  2. Little Crater Lake (Campground)
  3. Trillium Lake (Campground)
  4. Timothy Lake (Campground, Ramp)
  5. Twin Lakes (Hike: 5.3 miles, 1,000 ft. elev. gain)
  6. Frog Lake (Campground)
  7. Clackamas Lake (Campground)
  8. Laurance Lake (Campground)
  9. Lost Lake (Campground, Lodging, Boats)
  10. Mirror Lake (Hike: 2.8 miles, 540 ft. elev. gain)
  11. Burnt Lake (Hike: 9.5 miles, 2,190 ft. elev. gain)

Mount Jefferson Area+ Santiam Pass

  1. Breitenbush Lake (Campground)
  2. Island Lake (Campground)
  3. Link Lake (Campground)
  4. Olallie Lake (Campground, Lodging, Boats)
  5. Patjens Lakes + Big Lake Campground)
  6. Suttle Lake (Campground, Lodging, Boats, Ramp, Motors)

Willamette Valley

  1. Henry Hagg Lake (Ramp)

Willamette Foothills

  1. Clear Lake (Campground, Lodging, Boats, Ramp)
  2. Vivian Lake (Hike: 7.2 miles, 1,280 ft. elev. gain)

Central Oregon

  1. Demaris Lake (Hike: 10.8 miles, 1,100 ft. elev. gain)
  2. Todd Lake (Hike: 1.6 miles, 200 ft. elev. gain)
  3. Sparks Lake (Campground, Ramp)
  4. Waldo Lake (Campground, Ramp)
  5. Eileen + The Husband Lakes (Hike: 19.8 miles, 1,870 ft. elev. gain)
  6. Lava Lake (Campground, Lodging, Boats, Ramp, Motors)
  7. Little Lava Lake (Campground, Ramp)
  8. Lucky Lake (Hike: 3 miles, 400 ft. elev. gain)
  9. Cultus Lake (Campground, Lodging, Boats, Ramp, Motors)
  10. Hosmer Lake (Campground, Ramp)
  11. Paulina Lake (Campground, Lodging, Boats, Ramp)
  12. East Lake (Campground, Lodging, Boats, Ramp)
  13. Green Lakes (Hike: 8.4 miles, 1,100 ft. elev. gain)
  14. Three Creek Lake (Campground, Ramp)
  15. Moraine Lake (Hike: 4.6 miles, 1,500 ft. elev. gain)
  16. Devils Lake (Campground)
  17. Hand Lake (Hike: 2.6 miles, 200 ft. elev. gain)
  18. Elk Lake (Campground, Lodging, Boats, Ramp)

Ochoco Mountains

  1. Walton Lake (Campground, Ramp)

Southern Oregon

  1. Indigo Lake (Campground)
  2. Summit Lake (Campground, Ramp)
  3. Crescent Lake (Campground, Lodging, Boats, Ramp)
  4. Marie + Rockpile Lakes (Hike: 6.2 miles, 280 ft. elev. gain)
  5. Crater Lake (Campground, Lodging)
  6. Squaw Lakes (Campground)
  7. Lake of the Woods (Campground, Lodging, Boats, Ramp, Motors)

Steens Mountain Area

  1. Fish Lake (Campground)
  2. Mann Lake (Campground)

Strawberry Mountains

  1. Little Strawberry Lake (Hike: 6.3 miles, 1,270 ft. elev. gain)
  2. Slide + High Lake (Hike: 9.3 miles, 950 ft. elev. gain)

Wallowa Mountains

  1. Wallowa Lake (Campground, Lodging, Boats, Ramp, Motors)
  2. Aneroid Lake (Hike: 12 miles, 2,850 ft. elev. gain)
  3. Ice Lake  (Hike: 20.6 miles, 3,190 ft. elev. gain)
  4. Glacier Lake (Hike: 27 miles, 4,000 ft. elev. gain)
  5. Crater Lake (Hike: 11.8 miles, 2,970 ft. elev. gain)
  6. Mirror Lake (Hike: 13.2 miles, 2,164 ft. elev. gain)
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