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The Pacific Crest Trail crosses Hwy 58. 26.8 miles from the signal in Oakridge at Crestview St. on Highway 58.

Odell Lake (uafs)Diamond Peak stands as a sentinel over Odell Lake, one of the blue giants of the Deschutes National Forest. This large lake is 3562 acres, 6 miles long and 1 1/2 miles wide, and reaches a depth of 282 ft. The average depth is 132 ft. which makes it ideal habitat for lake trout (Mackinaw) and bull trout. Rainbow trout, kokanee salmon and whitefish also naturally reproduce in this lake. Odell Lake is managed as a trophy lake trout fishery and has the distinction of the last two state record lake trout being caught here. The current state record is a 40 lb 8 oz 45.5 inch long giant caught in 1984 by Kenneth Erickson. Bull trout is listed as a threatened species with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and is thus closed to angling.

Princess Creek Campground is a no use fee boat launch operated by the U.S. Forest Service. Contact 541-383-4000 for addtional information. Directions: the entrance to the Princess Creek Campground is located on the north shore of Odell Lake at mile 28.3 miles from the signal in Oakridge on Highway 58. The boat launch is locat 0.5 miles the campground loop rd.

Sunset Cove Campground has a no use fee boat launch operated by the U.S. Forest Service Contact 541-383-4000 for addtional information. It is approximately 31.1 miles from the signal in Oakridge on Highway 58 to the entrance to Sunset Cove Campground at Odell Lake. Turn south into the entrance road and follow to the boat launch. There is a moral to story, "The Forest charges a 5.00 use fee to launch a boat. The moral to the story is always carry some cash to pay unexpected fees.

Odell Lake Resort is a no use fee boat launch operated by the resort. Contact 541-433-2540 for addtional information. Directions to Odell Lake Resort from 31.8 miles from the signal in Oakridge on Highway 58 to the East Odell Rd. Follow East Odell Rd. for 0.6 miles to the entrance of the Odell Lake Resort.

Trapper Creek Campground is a no use fee boat launch operated by the U.S. Forest ServiceContact 541-383-4000 for addtional information. Directions to the recreational facilities on the west end of Odell Lake. It is approximately 26.9 miles from the signal in Oakridge on Highway 58 to the West Odell Lake Rd. Follow the West Odell Lake Rd. for 1.9 miles to the entrance of the Trapper Creek Campground. Turn left onto the entrance and follow to the boat launch.

Shelter Cove Resort is a no use fee boat ramp operated by the resort . Contact 0541-433-2548 for additional information. Directions to Shelter Cove Resort. It is approximately 26.9 miles from the signal in Oakridge on Highway 58 to the West Odell Lake Rd. Follow the West Odell Lake Rd. for 2.0 miles to the entrance of the Shelter Cove Resort. Take the left fork in the road and follow to the entrance of the Shelter Cove Resort.

Crescent Lake is five miles long, four miles wide, and has a maximum depth of 265 feet. The water surface of Crescent Lake From Wikipedia, drops several feet in late summer because of irrigation withdrawals. However, because of its depth the surface lowering has very little impact on the ecology of the lake. The primary surface inflow is from Summit Lake via Summit Creek. Several small, intermittent streams contribute during the snowmelt season. Crescent Creek, a tributary of the Deschutes River, is the outlet stream. The lake and its drainage basin are entirely within the Deschutes National Forest. It is a landscape blanketed with a thick coniferous forest of both fir and pine species, except for areas of rock outcrops at higher elevations. It has become quite a good fishing lake with kokanee, lake trout, mackinaw, and whitefish. A few brown trout are also caught each year.

Crescent Lake is a popular recreation lake in a setting of wooded shorelines, sandy beaches and brilliant blue-green water. In addition to fishing for kokanee, lake trout, rainbow and brown trout, people come to this lake for sailing, swimming, water skiing windsurfing and camping. Lake trout are caught here in the 5 to 10 pound range with an occasional 20 pounder. In 1993 a 30 pound lake trout was caught at Crescent Lake.

Crescent Lake is on the Deschutes National Forest in a naturally glaciated basin behind a moraine dam and lies just east of the summit of the Cascade Mountain Range in Northern Klamath County. It is located about 3 miles south of Hwy 58 via Deschutes National Forest Road 60 from Crescent Lake junction. In 1922, a small earth and wooding dam was built across the outlet to store water for irrigation in Bend via Crescent Creek, Little Deschutes and Deschutes Rivers. The Bureau of Reclamation constructed a 40 foot-high earth and concrete in 1956 bringing the lake’s surface area elevation at full pool to 4,847 feet where it has a surface area of 4,008 acres. Water is drawn off for irrigation throughout the summer, so by summers end the lake level could drop as much as 15 feet.

Both motorized and non-motorized boats are allowed on this body of water. For boat launch information see Crescent Lake Boating Site,  Spring Boating Site, and Crescent Lake Lodge.

Tranquil Cove Day Use Area is no use fee boat ramp managed by the U.S. Forest Service.  Call 541-383-4000 for additional information. Directions to Tranquil Cove Day Use Area from Hwy 58 turn right onto Crescent Lake Hwy. Depart OR-429 / Crescent Lake Hwy. The Crescent Lake Hwy changes directions from the left to right tuns for approximately slightly over 2.8 miles. Continue traveling approximately 1.1 miles on Lava-Odell Rd to the Tranquil Cove Day Use Area.

Crescent Lake Campground: the campground is located on a small hill overlooking the Crescent Lake. Yurts are available year around at this campground. Crescent Lake Resort is just across the dam from the campground and offers a number of services including food, camping, fishing supplies, and boat rentals. This area is a typical Oregon summer recreation area which features Waldo Lake, Gold Lake, Odell Lake and Crescent Lake. There is plenty of camping all around the lakes.  The Diamond Peak Wilderness trail can be accessed near the campground. 

Find a map of this campground here.

Directions to Crescent Lake Campgound from Crescent, OR, at the intersection of US Rt. 97 and Crescent Cut-off Rd., take Crescent Cut-off Rd. west 11.9 miles to a "T" intersection. Turn right onto State Rt. 58 west (unmarked) and go 3.4 miles to Crescent Lake sign. Turn left at sign onto Forest Rt. 60 and go 2.2 miles to "campgrounds/boat launch" sign. Turn right at sign and go 0.3 miles to campground sign. Turn left at sign and go 0.1 miles to campground.

Contorta Flat: the compground is located on the south side of Crescent Lake. In Crescent, OR, at the intersection of US Rt. 97 and Crescent Cut-off Rd., take Crescent Cut-off Rd. west 11.9 miles to a "T" intersection. Turn right onto State Rt. 58 west (unmarked) and go 3.4 miles to Crescent Lake sign. Turn left at sign onto Forest Rt. 60 and go 2.2 miles to "campgrounds/boat launch" sign. Turn right at sign and go 7.6 miles to "Contorta campground signs." Turn left at sign onto Forest Rt. 280 and go 0.8 miles to campground.

Simax Beach Picnic Areas (day use areas): at Crescent Lake there are 2 separate day use areas with a total of 15 picnic sites.  The north day use site provides layout areas for windsurfing and pet owners are free to bring their pets to this area as long as they are on a leash (owners are also reminded to bring their own bags to clean up feces as bags will not be provided).

On the south beach pets are prohibited with the exception of service animals.

Recreation Fee Site: Parking at this site requires a recreation pass. Passes are available at this site, but can also be purchased from Forest Service offices or vendors. Please check here for more information about recreation passes and where they can be purchased.

Crescent Lake Cuttoff to the Cascade Lakes National Scenic Byway is 37.3 miles from the signal in Oakridge.

Cascade Lakes National Scenic Bayway is 40.5 miles from the signal in Oakridge.

Crescent Creek Campground Crescent Creek is a small campground somewhat isolated from other campgrounds in the area. It is quiet and away from activity making fishing and bird watching a popular activity at this site. Directions: From Crescent, OR: Travel 8.7 miles west on County Road 61/Crescent Cut-off Road.

Davis Lake (From Atlas of Oregon Lakes, Johnson et al. 1985). Fishing at Davis Lake (usfs) is excellent for Rainbow Trout and Largemouth Bass. Only fly-fishing is now permitted, thereby reducing pressure on the lake and providing for a quality experience. Baits and lures can be used on Odell Creek. The creek is closed to fishing until the end of May because of spawning rainbow trout. Rainbow trout, some quite large, are taken most commonly in the lake. Oregon whitefish also are found. Directions from La Pine, OR: Travel south on Highway 97 for 11.8 miles to Forest Road 62, turn west onto Forest Road 62 for 13.5 miles to F.R. 46, at stop sign continue west on Forest Road 62 for 0.3 mile to Jct. of Forest Road 62-850 and Forest Road 62-855, both graveled.  Turn north onto Forest Road 62-850 and follow signs for 0.7 mile to Davis Lake at Lava Campground OR turn south onto Forest Road 62-855 and follow signs for 1.8 miles to Davis Lake at East Davis Campground.

Davis Lake: West Davis Lake Day Use Area: Depart Crescent Cutoff Rd toward Cascade Lakes Hwy for 3.1 miles. Turn left onto Cascade Lakes Hwy for 3.4 miles. Turn left onto NF-4660 an unpaved road for 3.0 miles. Turn right onto NF-400 for 1.7 miles to the primative boat launch on the right.

Davis Lake: East Davis Lake Campground is a no use fee boat launch operated by the U.S. Forest Service at 541-383-5300. East Davis is located on the east side of Odell Creek where it enters Davis Lake, and has been a popular fly fishing lake. Davis Lake is one of the most popular fly fishing only lakes in the Pacific Northwest, producing abundant trophy size rainbow trout. Rainbow trout here are common in the 2-5 lb range during periods of wet years. Largemouth bass were illegally introduced in 1995 and seem to be thriving. It is also known for its wildlife, wildflowers, bird watching opportunities, sightseeing, and access to a nearby lava flow. This is bear country; practice safe food storage techniques. There are boat launches at East Davis and Lava Flow areas. Contact the Crescent Ranger District (541-541-433-3200) for more information. There is a primitive boat launch at West Davis Day use area. Directions: from Crescent, OR: Travel 8.8 miles west on County Road 61, then 7.7 miles north on Highway 46, then 2.6 miles west on Forest Road 4600 850.

Davis Lake: Lava Flow Campground is a no use fee boat launch operated by the U.S. Forest Service at 541-383-5300. Directions to S Lava Flow Campground and boat launch. Depart Crescent Cutoff Rd toward Cascade Lakes Hwy for 3.2 miles. Turn left onto Cascade Lakes Hwy for 10.3 miles. Turn left onto NF-855 for 0.6 miles to the entrance road of the boat launch.

Wickiup Reservoir (From Atlas of Oregon Lakes, Johnson et al. 1985) has a long record of human habitation. Long before local residents considered the Wickiup area for a reservoir, Indians had used the site as a campground for their fall hunting and fishing expeditions (Hatton 1980). There is also archaelogical evidence of Indians living in the area more than 10,000 years ago. In later years, ranchers who grazed their livestock in the basin applied the name "Wikiup" to the area because of the huts left behind by the Indians. Originally, the site was spelled Wikiup, but since 1939 the official spelling has been Wickiup. Today, Wickiup Reservoir is perhaps the busiest in terms of recreational use among the many lakes accessible from the Cascade Lakes Highway. Wickiup contains: Kokanee, coho salmon, whitefish, chub, brown trout, rainbow trout, brook trout. The best fishing for abundant kokanee and for brown trout up to 20-inches is from a boat. There is also a fishery for Trophy largemouth bass. It is used extensively by fishermen. A large number of scrap fish (chubs) have occupied the reservoir for years, yet a productive sport fishery has been maintained. A combination of large brown trout, rainbow trout, and coho salmon seem to thrive and hold the chubs in check. Many kokanee have also been caught in recent years. The reservoir is noted for its brown trout fishing, not in terms of numbers but in size; they are taken mostly by trolling. Large rainbow trout are also taken; one productive method is wading the shorelines and flycasting to surface activity. Boats can be rented at South Twin Lake, across the road from Wickiup's North Campground. Davis Creek and the Deschutes arms have several good Forest Service campgrounds and are popular fishing areas for both boaters and wading shore fishermen. There are several sites for launching boats on the lake, and there is also much angling from thedam. After mid-summer, the water level is drawn down to supply downstream users and the surface area is reduced considerably. At that time extensive mudflats are exposed, making access to the water more difficult. The deepest part of the reservoir is along the old channel of the Deschutes river, and contains sufficient water for boating and fishing even at maximum drawdown. 2018 saw the complete draw down of Wickup lake in an effort to restore fisheries.

My friend, Bill Morris (RIP) flexed his fishing knowledge at Widkiup Lake catching limits of Kokanee salmon and a large rainbow trout.

Wickiup Reservoir: North Davis Creek is a use fee boat launch operated by the U.S. Forest Service at 541-383-4000. 541-383-5300

Wickiup Reservoir: Sheep Bridge is a use fee boat launch operated by the U.S. Forest Service at 541-383-4000. Comments: Extreme low water conditions. For more information contact Deschutes National Forest at (541) 383-5300

Wickiup Reservoir: West South: Twin Lake Campground is a no use fee boat launch operated by the U.S. Forest Service at 541-383-5300.

North Twin Lake: North Twin Lake Campground is a use fee boat launch operated by the U.S. Forest Service at 541-383-4000. No motors allowed.

South Twin Lake: South Twin Lake Campground is a use fee boat launch operated by the U.S. Forest Service at 541-383-4000. No motors allowed.

Wickiup Reservoir: Gull Point Campground is a use fee boat launch operated by the U.S. Forest Service at 541-383-4000. For more information contact Deschutes National Forest at (541) 383-5300.

Wickiup Reservoir: North Wickiup is a use fee boat launch operated by the U.S. Forest Service at 541-383-4000. For more information contact Deschutes National Forest at (541) 383-5300. Directions to Wickiup North boat launch. Depart from Hwy 58 on Crescent Cutoff for 3.2 miles. Turn left onto Cascade Lakes Hwy. to S Century Dr. for approximately 18.1 miles. Turn east onto S. Century Dr. toward NF-4286 for 4.6 miles Turn right onto NF-4260 / Twin Lakes Rd. for 3.2 miles. Turn right onto the entrance road to the boat launch. All roads are seasonal and unpaved.

Wickiup Reservoir: Wickiup Butte is a use fee boat launch operated by the U.S. Forest Service at 541-383-4000. For more information contact Deschutes National Forest at (541) 383-5300. Directions to Wickiup Butte boat launch from Hwy 58 on Crescent Cutoff for 3.2 miles. Turn left onto Cascade Lakes Hwy. for 9.4 miles. Turn east on NF-44 toward NF-950. Keep left to stay on NF-44 / Wickiup Reservoir Rd for several hundred feet. Keep left to stay on Wickiup Reservoir Rd / NF-4260 for 2.0 miles and you have arrived at the entrance to the boat launch. All the roads are seasonal and unpaved

Wickiup Reservoir: Reservoir Campground is a use fee boat launch operated by the U.S. Forest Service at 541-383-4000. For more information contact Deschutes National Forest at (541) 383-5300

Crane Prairie Reservoir (From Atlas of Oregon Lakes, Johnson et al. 1985). is a very popular site for camping and fishing. Fishing has generally been excellent for large trout both redband trout, planter rainbow trout and brook trout. The state has stocked Kokanee in recent years providing good angling. Best fishing is in the three major river arms of the reservoir, where the large trout tend to remain in the summer. The lake supports a thriving population of Largemouth Bass. Fly fishing is particularly good in the shallow impoundment early in the season. Unfortunately, in recent years there has been a decline in the numbers of trout due to a combination of factors, including low water levels and an abundance of fish-eating cormorants. The extent to which these birds deplete the fishery is not precisely known. Several good Forest Service campgrounds are located around the shoreline, accessible from a number of access roads, and there are several places from which to launch boats. Crane Prairie Resort on the east side rents boats and supplies.

Crane Prairie: Crane Prairie Resort is a fee use boat launch operated by the resort at 541-383-3939.

Crane Prairie: Rock Creek CG Deschutesis a use fee boat launch operateed by the U.S. Forest Service at 541-383-5300. RESERVATIONS: 1-877-444-6777 or make on-line reservation DIRECTIONS: In Crescent, OR, at intersection of US Rt. 97 and Crescent Cut- off Rd. (County Rt. 61), take Crescent Cut-off Rd. west 8.7 miles to Forest Rt. 46/Cascade Lakes Hwy. Turn right onto Rt. 46 and go 1.8 miles to La Pine/Twin Lakes sign. Turn right onto S. Century Dr./Forest Rt. 42 and go 3.7 miles to campground sign. Turn left onto Forest Rt. 4270 and go 4.1 miles to another campground sign. Turn left at sign and left again into campground.

Crane Prairie: Quinn River is a use fee boat launch operateed by the U.S. Forest Service at 541-389-3230. RESERVATIONS: 1-877-444-6777 or make on-line reservation DIRECTIONS: In Crescent, OR, at intersection of US Rt. 97 and Crescent Cut- off Rd., take Crescent Cut-off Rd. west 8.7 miles to Forest Rt. 46/Cascade Lakes Hwy. Turn right onto Rt. 46 and go 22.2 miles to campground on right.

Crane Prairie: Cow Meadow is a use fee boat launch operateed by the U.S. Forest Service at 541-389-3230. RESERVATIONS: 1-877-444-6777 or make on-line reservation DIRECTIONS: In Crescent, OR, at intersection of US Rt. 97 and Crescent Cut- off Rd., take Crescent Cut-off Rd. west 8.7 miles to Forest Rt. 46/Cascade Lakes Hwy. Turn right onto Rt. 46 and go 25.6 miles to Forest Rt. 40/Cow Meadow sign. Turn right onto Forest Rt. 40 and go 0.3 miles to another Cow Meadow sign. Turn right onto Forest Rt. 970 (gravel) and go 1 mile to a "T" intersection. Turn left and go 0.4 miles to campground.

Crane Prairie: Crane Prairie Day Use is a use fee boat launch operated by the U.S. Forest Service at 541-389-3230. Directions from Hwy 58. Depart OR-58 onto Crescent Cutoff Rd. for 3.2 miles. Turn left onto Cascade Lakes Hwy for 24.5 miles. Keep straight onto OR-372 / Cascade Lakes Hwy for 1.2 miles. Turn right onto NF-40 for 3.0 miles. Turn right onto NF-4270 for 3.3 miles. Keep right to stay on Gales Landing Rd for 0.1 miles. You have arrived at the boat launch. Directions from Bend, OR: Travel about 27 miles south on Highway 97, 11 miles west on County Road 43, 5.5 miles west on County Road 42, then 4 miles north on County Road 4270.

Crane Prairie: Browns Mountain is a use fee boat launch operateed by the U.S. Forest Service at 541-389-3230. Directions to Browns Mountain. Depart OR-58 on Crescent Cutoff Rd for 3.2 Miles.  Turn left onto Cascade Lakes Hwy for 18.1 miles. Turn right onto S Century Dr for 3.2 miles. Turn left onto Brown mountain Rd / NF-4285 for 1.2 miles. Arrive at Browns boat launch on Mountain Rd / NF-4285 on the right.

Little Cultas Lake From Wikipedia: Little Cultus Lake From Atlas of Oregon Lakes, Johnson et al. 1985) lies in an elongated basin in a glacial-scoured valley, and is oriented on an east-west axis. Nearly half the lake is shallower than 10 feet; but the maximum depth, located near the western end, is over 50 feet. Several unnamed streams provide inflow to the lake; the outlet is Deer Creek which flows into Crane Prairie Reservoir, a Bureau of Reclamation storage facility. A dense coniferous forest covers the landscape in the drainage basin and the dominant feature is Cultus Mountain, a symmetrical volcanic cone rising abruptly on the north side of the lake. A quiet Forest Service campground is located on the south side of the lake and a 10 mph speed limit for boats is enforced. Fishing in Little Cultus Lake is fair for brook trout and a few rainbow trout, although it is not as good as in Cultus Lake.

Little Cultus Lake Campground is a use fee boat launch operated by the U.S. Forest Service at 541-389-3230. RESERVATIONS: 1-877-444-6777 or make on-line reservation DIRECTIONS: In Crescent, OR, at intersection of US Rt. 97 and Crescent Cut- off Rd., take Crescent Cut-off Rd. west 8.7 miles to Forest Rt. 46/Cascade Lakes Hwy. Turn right onto Rt. 46 and go 24.4 miles to Cultus Lakes sign. Turn left onto Forest Rt. 4635 and go 0.7 miles to campground sign. Turn left at sign onto Forest Rt. 4630 (gravel) and go 2.6 miles to campground.

Cultlus Lake (From Atlas of Oregon Lakes, Johnson et al. 1985). Cultus Lake is a beautiful, natural lake located high on the east slope of the Cascades in the upper Deschutes River Basin. It is one of many popular recreation lakes accessible from the Cascade Lakes Highway, and is reached on a good paved road two miles west of the highway. The word "cultus" is used in many places in the Pacific Northwest. It is a Chinook jargon word, very expressive, meaning bad or apparently worthless. With regard to this pristine, unproductive lake, it probably referred to the poor fishing conditions that existed. Angling for rainbow trout is fair, and they are taken mostly by trolling. Brook trout are also taken. There are many white fish in the lake as well as a few Mackinaw trout. Cultus Mountain, a symmetrical cone rising to an elevation of 6759 feet immediately to the south was doubtless named for the lake. Little Cultus Lake is on the south side of the mountain. Cultlus Lake Campground is a use fee boat launch operated by the U.S. Forest Service at 541-383-4000.

Cultlus Lake Resort is a use fee boat launch operated by the resort at 541-408-1560.

Little Lava Lake (From Atlas of Oregon Lakes, Johnson et al. 1985) does not receive as much recreational use as Lava Lake; still it is quite popular. Little Lava Lake is often called Deschutes Pond because it is the source of the Deschutes River. Although the fishing is considered not to be particularly good. Rainbow trout are stocked yearly and brook trout are self-sustaining. Rainbow trout make up most of the catch. There is a Forest Service campground near the outlet of the lake.

Little Lava Lake Campground and Boat Ramp is a use fee boat launch operated by the U.S. Forest Service at 541-382-9443. The boat ramp is in the Little Lava Lake Day Use Area as shown in the map.

DIRECTIONS: to Little Lava Lake from Hwy-58 onto Crescent Cutoff Rd toward Cascade Lakes Hwy for 3.2 miles. Turn left onto Cascade Lakes Hwy for 24.5 miles where the Hwy changes its name. Keep straight on OR-372 / Cascade Lakes Hwy for 7.5 miles to NF-500/ Lava Lake Rd. Turn right onto NF-500 Lava Lake Rd. for 0.9 miles and turn right onto and continue on NF-500 / Lava Lake Rd loop to the Little Lava Lake Campground, Day Use Area and primative boat launch.

Lava Lake is relatively old, as evidenced by the extensive vegetation along the shallow littoral areas. A variety of macrophytes grow on the southwest and northwest ends of the lake and the adjacent meadows are possibly remnants of what was once a larger lake area. Another indication of aging is the layer of muck on the lake bottom, which is reported by skin divers to be four to five feet deep in some places. Several subsurface springs enter the lake in the northeast corner. In a 1962 survey by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, springs at 20 feet below the water surface of Lava Lake registered 60 degrees Fahrenheit (16 degrees Celsius); deeper springs were 45 degrees Fahrenheit (7 degrees Celsius). Concentrations of large trout were observed more frequently in the spring areas, more so than in other locations in the lake.

Lava Lake Lodge is a use fee boat launch operated by the U.S. Forest Service at 541-382-9443. RESERVATIONS: 1-877-444-6777 or make on-line reservation

Directions to Lava Lake Resort and boat launch. Depart OR-58 on Crescent Cutoff Rd for 3.2 miles to Cascade Laker Hwy. Turn left onto Cascade Lakes Hwy for 24.5 miles. The Hwy changes its name to OR=372. Keep straight onto OR-372 / Cascade Lakes Hwy for 7.5 miles to NF-500. Turn right onto NF-500 / Lava Lake Rd for 0.9 miles. Turn right onto access road for 0.1 miles and left again to the Lava Lake Resort boat launch.

Hosmer Lake: (From Atlas of Oregon Lakes, Johnson et al. 1985)  Hosmer Lake, along the Cascade Lakes Highway in Central Oregon, was originally known as Mud Lake because the large population of trash fish would stir up the fine pumice bottom material. In 1962 the name was changed to honor Paul Hosmer, a long-time resident of Bend and a well-known amateur naturalist. The trash fish, which included a population of carp, had been eliminated with rotenone treatment in 1957. Atlantic salmon were stocked on an experimental basis starting in 1958, and Hosmer is the only lake west of the Mississippi River in which these fish have been planted successfully. All fishing must be done with barbless hooks, and Atlantic salmon must be returned to the lake. Brook trout are also in the lake, and can be kept if caught. Rainbow trout are also taken from the lake. There is little development at the lake, limited to small, rustic campgrounds and a few boats for rent.

Hosmer Lake Boat Launch is a use fee boat launch operated by the U.S. Forest Service at 541-383-5300.

DIRECTIONS: In Bend, OR, at the intersection of US Rt. 97 and Downtown/Mt Bachelor/Exit 138 sign, take Exit 138 to Colorado Ave. Turn right (west) onto Colorado Ave. and go 1.7 miles to a roundabout. Take the third right off the roundabout onto Century Dr. and go 29.5 miles to Elk Lake Loop sign. Turn left at sign onto Forest Rt. 4625 (gravel) and go 2.3 miles to a "Y" intersection. Bear left and go 1.2 miles to campground. NOTE: Century Dr. becomes Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway at the Forest's boundary.

Elk Lake (From Atlas of Oregon Lakes, Johnson et al. 1985)  has long been one of the most popular lakes in this lovely recreation area on the east slope of the Cascades. The Three Sisters form a spectacular backdrop to the north and symmetrical Bachelor Butte looms over the lake to the east. The lake is used heavily for recreation, with sailing and swimming activities heading the list. Fishermen also frequent the lake, as much for its scenic beauty as for the angling success. For many years Elk Lake was famous for its fishing, and was also long known as a source for fish eggs. For example, in January 1919 some 350,000 eastern brook trout eggs were gathered there, brought to Bend by sled and dispatched by auto to the Bonneville Hatchery (Hatton 1980). In recent years there has also been good fishing; eastern brook trout make up a large share of the catch, with some rainbow trout, cutthroat trout and stocked kokanee or land—locked salmon. A 10 mile per hour speed limit for motorboats is in effect on the lake. Extensive recreational facilities have been provided at or near the lake by the Deschutes National Forest. There are four campgrounds, three boat launch sites, and picnic grounds located around the lake. An excellent private resort with cabins is located on the west side, and there are about three dozen summer homes around the perimeter of the lake. Most of these are on the west shore with a few on the east. Swimming beaches exist at the resort and at each of the campgrounds. Trails to high lake areas such as the Horse Lake and Mink Lake basins start here, so it is a good base area for hikers. The lake freezes over most winters, and opens in late April; however, in most years the roads are blocked by snow until late May.

Point Campground is a use fee boat launch operated by the U.S. Forest Service at 541-388-5664. Elk Lake is elongate in shape with the major axis of the basin oriented north and south. The deepest part of the lake is located at the southern end. Most of it is shallower than 20 feet deep, and as a consequence it becomes relatively warm during the summer. Water temperature during the summer commonly exceeds 68 degrees F. (20 degrees C.), and there is usually very little temperature stratification in the lake. Although 68 degrees Fahrenheit is cool for swimming, it is warmer than most of the deeper lakes in this recreation area, and Elk Lake is a popular swimming lake.

DIRECTIONS: In Bend, OR, at the intersection of US Rt. 97 and Downtown/Mt Bachelor/Exit 138 sign, take Exit 138 to Colorado Ave. Turn right (west) onto Colorado Ave and go 1.7 miles to a roundabout. Take the third right off the roundabout onto Century Dr. and go 29.8 miles to campground sign. Turn left at sign into campground. NOTE: Century Dr. becomes Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway at the Forest's boundary.

Elk Lake: Elk Lake CG Deschutes is a use fee boat launch operated by the U.S. Forest Service at 541-383-5300.

Elk Lake: Elk Lake Resort is a use fee boat launch operated by the resort at 541-480-7378

Elk Lake: Little Fawn is a use fee boat launch operated by the U.S. Forest Service at 541-388-5664.

DIRECTIONS: In Bend, OR, at the intersection of US Rt. 97 and Downtown/Mt Bachelor/Exit 138 sign, take Exit 138 to Colorado Ave. Turn right (west) onto Colorado Ave. and go 1.7 miles to a roundabout. Take the third right off the roundabout onto Century Dr. and go 29.5 miles to Elk Lake Loop. Turn left at sign onto Forest Rt. 4625 (gravel) and go 2 miles to campground sign. Turn right and go 0.3 miles to campground on left. NOTE: Century Dr. becomes Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway at the Forest's boundary.

Devils Lake (From Atlas of Oregon Lakes, Johnson et al. 1985). is a delightful place to visit, is very scenic, and easily accessible. A good Forest Service campground on the west end of the lake provides several isolated sites for visitors. Fishing can be successful at times although the lake is not very productive and the fish are not very large; rainbow trout and eastern brook trout are both found. No motorboats are allowed on the water. Several popular hiking trails begin in the area of Devils Lake. One trail goes up Hell Creek to Moraine Lake, a favorite base camp for groups climbing South Sister. Another trail originates west of Devils Lake near Tyee Creek, and heads westward to Wickiup Plains and Rock Mesa.

Sparks Lake: (From Atlas of Oregon Lakes, Johnson et al. 1985)  Sparks Lake is a picturesque lake east of the crest of the Cascade Range, lying along the much travelled Cascade Lakes Highway. It is perhaps best known for the spectacular view it provides of South Sister, which rises nearly 5000 feet above the lake to the north. It lies also in the shadow of the symmetrical slope of Bachelor Butte. Sparks Lake was named for "Lige" Sparks, a pioneer stockman in Central Oregon. A wagon road from Bend to the lake was completed in 1920 and resulted in greatly increased visitor use. It is a water body popular with fishermen and canoeists who like to explore the various shallow inlets. Motors are allowed for travelling on the lake, but fishing while the motor is operating is illegal. Sparks Lake is a fly fishing only for eastern brook trout, cutthroat trout and rainbow trout are stocked and will occasionally grow as large as 16 inches. A nice Forest Service campground is available just off the highway, adjacent to Soda Creek.

Sparks Lake has a use fee boat launch operated by the U.S. Forest Service at 541-388-5664. There is a 10 mph speed limit on Sparks Lake.  Motorized and non-motorized boats are allowed. This site includes a boat launch, picnicking area, and the Sparks Lake Trail around part of Sparks Lake.  There are boat-in camping opportunities at dispersed sites.  The paved interpretive Ray Atkeson Loop Traii can be accessed from this site.

Recreation Fee Site: Parking at this site requires a recreation pass. Passes are available at this site, but can also be purchased from Forest Service offices or vendors. Please check here for more information about recreation passes and where they can be purchased.

Deschutes River: Lava Lake to Crane Prairie The Deschutes River originates at Little Lava Lake and flows south for approximately 8.4 miles before entering Crane Prairie Reservoir. There are no inlet streams to Little Lava Lake so all water comes from percolating snowmelt, so essentially the headwaters is a spring creek. The sources for the groundwater inflow to Little Lava Lake are snowfields in the Mt. Bachelor and Three Sisters area. In extremely high water years, water flows from Big Lava Lake to Little Lava Lake in a shallow overflow channel. That there is usually no surface inflow to Little Lava Lake indicates a very large groundwater reservoir upslope of the lake (McCammon 1984). One of the most dominant controls over streamflow is the prevalence of groundwater inflow. This is due to past volcanic activity within the basin, The complex geology of lava flows, pumice, thick ash layers and glacial activity is conducive to subsurface flows traveling in large quantities and at relatively rapid rates.

Deschutes River: Crane Prairie to Wickiup At Browns Creek, 4 miles below Crane Prairie, the Deschutes becomes considerably larger. Brown trout present between Crane Prairie and Wickiup Reservoirs, will average 12 to 14 inches, with some much larger. The native whitefish here are typically 6 to 8 inches and up to 15 inches. Packs of them can be seen resting on the bottom of deep holes. Anglers should be aware of varying seasons and catch limits from Crane Prairie Reservoir to Wickiup Reservoir.

Deschutes River: Wickiup Reservoir to Bend The river runs in mainly one channel throughout this stretch, undercut banks are common, and shorelines lined with pine, bitterbrush, and willow are often highly eroded. Flows vary drastically with the irrigation season. The riverbed of fine sediment becomes sticky mud when exposed during low water. Woody debris in the river is scarce but is being added through habitat improvement projects. Wading access to this reach of the river is limited, often constricted by steep shorelines and deep, powerful water. Bank fishing or drift fishing from a boat is the norm. There is a boat speed limit of 5 mph. Bordered mainly by Forest Service land above the La Pine State Recreation Area in addition the reach below and through Sunriver is lined with homes.

Deschutes River Trail

A series of three parallel trails winds through pine forests, lava flows and riparian zones along the variously placid and tumultuous waters of the Deschutes River. Low snow years can allow year-round use for most of this trail.

This trail can be accessed from Meadow Day Use Area, as well as the following day use areas along Forest Road 41-Lava IslandBig EddyAspen, Dillon Falls, Slough, Benham Falls West, and Benham Falls East.  The Deschutes River Trail can also be accessed from the town of Sunriver.

The Tumalo Trail System map can be accessed from this trailhead.

Deschutes River: Tenino Boating Site is a no use fee boat launch operated by the U.S. Forest Service at 541-388-5664. Directions: from Bend, OR: Travel 26.8 miles south on Highway 97 to Wickiup Junction, then 7.3 miles west on County Road 43, then 5 miles south on Forest Road 44, and 2 miles west on Forest Road 600.

Deschutes River: Bull Bend Campground is a no use fee boat launch operated by the U.S. Forest Service at 541-388-5664. RESERVATIONS: 1-877-444-6777 or make on-line reservation DIRECTIONS: From La Pine, OR, take US Rt. 97 north 2 miles to Wickiup Reservoir sign. Turn left at sign (County Rt. 43) and go 7.9 miles to Wyeth and Bull Bend campgrounds sign. Turn left onto Forest Rt. 4370 and go 1.4 miles to campground sign. Turn left at sign and go 0.1 miles to campground. NOTE: Forest Rt. 4370 is dirt and single lane.

Deschutes River: Wyeth Take Out at Wyeth Campground is a no use fee boat launch operated by the U.S. Forest Service at 541-388-5664.

Deschutes River: Pringle Falls Campground is a no use fee boat launch operated by the U.S. Forest Service at 541-383-5300.

Offering campsites on the Wild and Scenic Deschutes River, the campground is just north of a reserved section of woodland that has been set aside as an experimental forest.

Boat fishing or drift fishing is the best way to catch fish. The water is Class II flatwater up to about 6 miles below Sunriver, where there are a number of dangerous falls. Find a map of this campground here.

Deschutes River: Tetherow Log Jam Boat Ramp is a no use fee boat launch operated by the U.S. Forest Service at 541-383-5300. Located below Pringle Falls, this site offers a primitive boat ramp for the non-motorized area of the Deschutes River. From Bend, OR: Travel 26.8 miles south on Highway 97 to Wickiup Junction, then 5.2 miles west on County Road 43, then 2.6 miles north on County Road 4330, and 1 mile north on Forest Road 600.

Deschutes River: LaPine State Park is a no use fee boat launch operated by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department at 800-551-6949.

Deschutes River: Big River Campground is a no use fee boat launch operated by the U.S. Forest Service at 541-388-5664. RESERVATIONS: 1-877-444-6777 or make on-line reservation DIRECTIONS: From La Pine, OR, take US Rt. 97 north 11.7 miles to Fall River sign (Vandervert Rd.). Turn left onto Vandervent Rd. and go 0.9 miles to a "T" intersection. Turn left onto S. Century Dr. and go 1 mile to Cascade Lks Hwy sign. Turn right onto Cascade Lks Hwy and go 2.7 miles to campground on left.

Deschutes River: Harpers Bridge is a no use fee boat launch operated by Deschutes County at 541-388-6502. Directions to Harpers Bridge Deschutes County Boat Launch for non-motorized watercraft from Or-97 in Sunriver, Or. Depart Or 97 and turn south onto S Century Dr for 1.4 miles to the traffic circle. Take the 2nd exit at the traffic circle. Keep Straight onto Spring River Rd for 0,5 miles. The County boat launch in on the right prior to crossing the bridge over the Deschutes River.        

Deschutes River: Besson Day Use is a no use fee boat launch operated by the U.S. Forest Service at 541-383-4000. Near Sunriver, this small picnic area is along the Deschutes River.  There is an accessible restroom and picnic tables. Directions: From Bend, OR: Travel south on Highway 97 approximately 15 miles to Sunriver exit. Head west on county road 42, cross the Deschutes River and head north for 1/2 mile on Forest Road 41, then turn right on Forest Road 200 for approximately 1 mile.

Deschutes River: Benham Falls is a no use fee boat launch operated by the U.S. Forest Service at 541-383-4000. This day use area is located in a beautiful stand of old growth ponderosa pines on the edge of a riparian area.  There are several picnic tables and access to the Deschutes River Trail which leaves to the south towards Sunriver and north towards Bend.  Dogs must be on leash at all trailheads throughout the year and on the Deschutes River Trail from May 15-September 15. There is a boat launch here for the Deschutes River for up-river travel. Directions: From Bend, OR: Travel south on Highway 97 for approximately 8 miles and take the Lava Lands Visitor Center exit to the right. Continue passed Lava Lands Visitor Center on Forest Road 9702 for approximately 4 miles.

Benham Falls West Day Use / Trailhead This site provides access to the Deschutes River Trail . A trail goes approximately 50 yards down to a viewing platform overlooking scenic Benham Falls. Dogs must be on leash at all trailheads throughout the year and on the Deschutes River Trail from May 15-September 15. Directions: From Bend, OR: Travel 7.9 miles west on Cascade Lakes Highway (46), then 2.6 miles south on Forest Road 41, and then 0.5 miles east on Forest Road 4120, and 3.1 miles south on Forest Road 4120.

Deschutes River: Slough Camp is a no use fee boat launch operated by the U.S. Forest Service at 541-383-4000. This site is located next to a large bend on the Deschutes River among a mature stand of ponderosa pines.  It offers access to the Deschutes River Trail.  There is a boat ramp and a toilet, as well as several picnic tables along the river. Dogs must be on leash at all trailheads throughout the year and on the Deschutes River Trail from May 15-September 15. Directions: From Bend, travel 7.9 miles west on Cascade Lakes Hwy (46), then 2.6 miles south on Forest Road 41. There are signs on Forest Road 41 to head 1/2 mile east on Forest Road 4120.

Deschutes River: Dillion Falls is a no use fee boat launch operated by the U.S. Forest Service at 541-383-4000. This area offers a great summer setting for picnicking and viewing Dillon Falls along the Deschutes River. Dillion Falls is a class 5 rapid From Wikipedia. Navigating Dillion Falls should be attempted by professional river runners. This site offers access to the Deschutes River Trail as well as a boat ramp into the Deschutes River.  There is horse trailer parking with access to the horse trail along the river. There's also a restroom at this site. Dogs must be on leash at all trailheads throughout the year and on the Deschutes River Trail from May 15-September 15. Directions: From Bend, OR: Travel 7.9 miles west on Cascade Lakes Highway (46), then 2.6 miles south on Forest Road 41. At this junction there are signs to direct you to Dillion Falls.

Deschutes River: Aspen Boat Ramps is a no use fee boat launch operated by the U.S. Forest Service at 541-383-4787. Directions: From Bend, OR: Travel 7 miles west on Cascade Lakes Highway 46), then approximately 2 miles south on Forest Road 41 and follow the signs to the Aspen Day Use area.

Deschutes River: Big Eddy Trailhead This is a beautiful site to take photos of the Big Eddy rapids! This site provides access to the Deschutes River Trail. The parking lot has a toilet and a picnic table. Dogs must be on leash at all trailheads throughout the year and on the Deschutes River Trail from May 15-September 15. Forest service describes the trailhead as a non-mortorized boat launch. Directions: From Bend, OR: Travel approximately 7 miles west on Cascade Lakes Highway (Highway 46), then south on Forest Road 41 for 1 1/2 miles. Follow the directional signs.

Deschutes River: Lava Island Boat Ramp is a no use fee boat launch operated by the U.S. Forest Service at 541-383-4787. Directions: From Bend, OR: Travel 7.9 miles west on Cascade Lakes Highway (46), then 0.4 miles south on Forest Road 41, and then 0.8 miles east on Forest Road 4120.

Deschutes River: Farewell Bend Park is a no use fee boat launch operated by the Bend Park and Recreation District at 541-389-7275. Farewell Bend is located along the Deschutes River near the base of the Bill Healy Memorial Bridge. The park features a boat launch and natural marsh areas. It has become a popular launching location for float trips on the river. 1000 SW Reed Market Rd, Bend, OR 97702.

Deschutes River: Riverbend Park is a no use fee boat launch operated by the Bend Park and Recreation District at 541-389-7275. Put-in and take-out area for non-motorized boat launch. Riverbend Park is a very popular summer destination for river floating and summer events; expect limited parking and a high volume of trail and river use traffic during warm summer days or Mill events. Address799 SW Columbia St, Bend, OR 97702.

Deschutes River: The Bend Whitewater Park is located in the Deschutes River at 166 SW Shevlin Hixon Dr, Bend, OR 97702 (541) 389-7275 info@bendparksandrec.org near the Old Mill District in Bend, Oregon. This in-water amenity offers a variety of river recreation opportunities including tubing, kayaking and surfing. The Bend Whitewater Park is located in the heart of Bend in the Deschutes River north of the Colorado Avenue Bridge. Viewing is available on the pedestrian bridge and on the east side of the river and at McKay Park. Bend Whitewater Park is a no use fee boat launch operated by the Bend Park and Recreation District at 541-389-7275. Put-in and take-out area for non-motorized boat launch.

Deschutes River: Drake Park is a no use fee boat launch operated by the Bend Park and Recreation District at 541-389-7275. Put-in and take-out area for non-motorized boat launch.

Park & Float, located next to The Pavilion on Simpson Ave. and Bradbury Way, offers everything you need to make your day on the river fun and easy. There is parking, snacks, lawn activities and more. Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe offers rental of durable river tubes and complimentary life jackets for children and adults. You can also rent a paddleboard, surfboard or kayak. Several floating options are possible from Park & Float. They also off lessons on basic kayaking on summer Saturdays.

Deschutes River: Harmon Park is a no use fee boat launch operated by the Bend Park and Recreation District at 541-389-7275. Put-in and take-out area for non-motorized boat launch.

Deschutes River: Pageant Park is a no use fee boat launch operated by the Bend Park and Recreation District at 541-389-7275. Put-in and take-out area for non-motorized boat launch.

Deschutes River: Dohema River Access This narrow easement between residential properties is used occasionally as a canoe and kayak launch. NW Dohema Rd, Bend, OR 97701. Dohema River Access is a no use fee boat launch operated by the Bend Park and Recreation District at 541-389-7275.

Deschutes River: Brooks Park is a no use fee boat launch operated by the Bend Park and Recreation District at 541-389-7275. Put-in and take-out area for non-motorized boat launch. Brooks Park is just over the Newport Street bridge from Bend’s downtown area, making this a great place to walk to for lunch and enjoy a beautiful view of the river. Brooks Park features open lawn, river access, picnic tables and a memorial plaza. 35 Northwest Drake Road, Bend, OR, The Deschutes River is home to many species of native fish and some of the most idyllic fishing spots reside in Bend parks. In addition to river fishing, the District also features fishing ponds at Pine Nursery and Shevlin Parks that are stocked by Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife. Shevlin Pond is open to youth 17 years and under.

Deschutes River: First Street Rapids Park is a no use fee boat launch operated by the Bend Park and Recreation District at 541-389-7275. Put-in and take-out area for non-motorized boat launch. Crossing both east and west sides of the Deschutes River, First Street Rapids Park is a popular river access point for canoes and kayaks. The park is located at the end of NW First Street as well as the end of NW Revere. The Deschutes River Trail runs through the park and connects north to Sawyer Park and south to Pioneer Park via a pedestrian bridge.

LAKE BILLY CHINOOK (From Atlas of Oregon Lakes, Johnson et al. 1985). is a very busy recreation site. Large 3,900-acre reservoir popular for fishing, boating and waterskiing. Boat rentals and other services available at Cove Palisades Resort and Marina. A huge state park, Cove Palisades, sits astride the Deschutes River and the Crooked River Arms. Several boat launching ramps, a swimming beach, and camping and picnicking sites are available in the park and all receive very heavy use. Angling is good for a variety of species. Rainbow trout, brown trout, kokanee, bull trout, smallmouth bass. The only place in Oregon where you can keep a bull trout. Power boating and water skiing are favorite pastimes during the warm summer months.

Directions from Bend to the boat launch facilities with access to the Deschutes arm of Lake Billy Chinook. Depart NW Wall St toward NW Louisiana Ave For 0.5 miles. Turn left onto NW Arizona Ave for 0.4 miles. Turn right onto NW Colorado Ave for 0.1 miles. Turn right onto NW Colorado Ave. Take ramp left for US-97 North toward the Dalles for 32.7 miles. Take ramp left for US-97 North toward The Dalles. Bear left onto OR-361 / SW Culver Hwy for 2.3 miles . Turn left onto SW Iris Ln  for 1.0 miles . Turn right onto SW Feather Dr. for 1.2 miles. Turn left onto SW Fisch Ln for 0.5 miles. Road name changes to SW Frazier Dr for 0.5 miles. Turn left onto SW Peck Rd for 0.3 miles. Road name changes to SW Jordan Rd For 1.7 miles. Arrive at SW Jordan Rd and proceed to the boat launch.

Lake Billy Chinook Cove Palisades - Crooked River is a use fee boat ramp Oregon Parks and Recreation Department at 800-551-6949 for additional information. The Day Use Area for Lake Billy Chinook Cove Palisades - Crooked River is about 47 miles from Bend. is about 47 miles from Bend. Take Bend Parkway / US-97 N for about 31 miles toward The Dalles. Take a slight left onto the Culver Highway and follow this for about 2.3 miles. Then, turn left on SW Iris Lane and drive that for about 1 mile. Turn right onto SW Feather Dr. and follow that for 1.2 miles. Turn left onto SW Fisch Lane for a half mile. Make a slight right onto SW Frazier Drive for another half mile, then turn left onto SW Peck Rd/ Jordan Road. Follow this road down into the bottom of the canyon. Bare to the left and follow the road around the curve to the Day Use Area boat launch.

Lake Billy Chinook Cove Palisades - Marina is a no use fee boat ramp Oregon Parks and Recreation Department at 541-546-3521 for additional information. Directions from Bend: Cove Palisades Resort is about 47 miles from Bend. Take Bend Parkway / US-97 N for about 31 miles toward The Dalles. Take a slight left onto the Culver Highway and follow this for about 2.3 miles. Then, turn left on SW Iris Lane and drive that for about 1 mile. Turn right onto SW Feather Dr. and follow that for 1.2 miles. Turn left onto SW Fisch Lane for a half mile. Make a slight right onto SW Frazier Drive for another half mile, then turn left onto SW Peck Rd/ SW Jordan Road. Follow SW Jordan Rd. down into the bottom of the canyon and take the immediate right on SW Marina Drive, go through the gates and follow the paved road to the parking lot.

From The Dalles: Cove Palisades Resort is about 108 miles from The Dalles. From The Dalles, take The Dalles-California Highway US-97 south for about 67 miles. Then, continue onto US-97 and drive it for 18 miles. Turn right onto Ford Lane and take a slight left at SW Culver Highway. Drive Culver Highway for .3 miles. Then, turn right on Gem Lane and ride that for about 1.5 miles. It'll turn slightly left and become Frazier Drive. Follow Frazier for about a half a mile, then turn right onto Jordan Road. Follow this to the bottom of the canyon and take the immediate right through the gates. Follow the paved road to the parking lot.

Cove Palisades State Park The Cove Palisades State Park is a recreational destination for the entire family. Located in our high desert region, the weather is sunny and warm in the summer months and chilly but generally mild in the winter. The park is situated among towering cliffs that surround beautiful Lake Billy Chinook.

The park features myriad water recreational opportunities, a full-service campground, store, restaurant, marina and rental services. Deluxe lakeshore log cabins are available. Nature lovers will find nearly 10 miles of hiking trails that give access to areas rich in wildlife and splendid scenery.

Lake Billy Chinook Cove Palisades - Upper Deschutes is a use fee boat ramp Oregon Parks and Recreation Department at 800-551-6949 for additional information.

Directions from Bend.  Take Bend Parkway / US-97 N for about 31 miles toward The Dalles. Take a slight left onto the Culver Highway OR-361 and follow this for about 2.3 miles. Then, turn left on SW Iris Lane and drive that for about 1 mile. Turn right onto SW Feather Dr. and follow that for 1.2 miles. Turn left onto SW Fisch Lane for a half mile. Make a slight right onto SW Frazier Drive for another half mile and turn left onto SW Peck/ SW Jordan Rd. Follow SW Jordan Rd to the bottom of the canyon. Bare to the left and follow the road around the curve to the Day Use Area boat launch once you get to the bottom of the canyon. Go past the Day Use Area on SW Jordan Rd. Cross the bridge over Crooked River arm of Lake Billy Chinook. At this point follow SW Jordan Rd. for 1.9 miles to the entrance to the access road to the Cove Palisades - Upper Deschutes.

Lake Billy Chinook Cove Palisades - Lower Deschutes is a use fee boat ramp Oregon Parks and Recreation Department at 800-551-6949 for additional information.

Directions from Bend. Take Bend Parkway / US-97 N for about 31 miles toward The Dalles. Take a slight left onto the Culver Highway OR-361 and follow this for about 2.3 miles. Then, turn left on SW Iris Lane and drive that for about 1 mile. Turn right onto SW Feather Dr. and follow that for 1.2 miles. Turn left onto SW Fisch Lane for a half mile. Make a slight right onto SW Frazier Drive for another half mile and turn left onto SW Peck/ SW Jordan Rd. Follow SW Jordan Rd to the bottom of the canyon. Bare to the left and follow the road around the curve to the Day Use Area boat launch. Go past the Day Use Area on SW Jordan Rd. Cross the bridge over Crooked River arm of Lake Billy Chinook. At this point follow SW Jordan Rd. for 1.3 miles to the entrance to the access road to the Cove Palisades - Lower Deschutes.

Three Rivers Marina is a use fee privately operated marina located at 6235 SW Lakeview Drive Culver,OR 97734. Call 541-546-2939 for additional about their services on Lake Billy Chinook.

Directions from Bend.  Take Bend Parkway / US-97 N for about 31 miles toward The Dalles. Take a slight left onto the Culver Highway and follow this for about 2.3 miles. Then, turn left on SW Iris Lane and drive that for about 1 mile. Turn right onto SW Feather Dr. and follow that for 1.2 miles. Turn left onto SW Fisch Lane for a half mile. Make a slight right onto SW Frazier Drive for another half mile, then turn left onto SW Peck/ SW Jordan Rd. Follow SW Jordan Rd to the bottom of the canyon. Bare to the left and follow the road around the curve past the Day Use Area boat launch for the next 10.3 miles. Turn Right onto Graham Rd. for 1.0 miles. Turn left onto SW Graham Rd. for 1.1 miles. Turn right to SW Lakeview Dr, a private road. for 1.1 miles. Bear left toward Big Canyon for 0.5 miles. Go straight onto Big Canyon for 0.5 miles. Turn left onto SW Lakeview Dr. to the launching area. Check Bing or Google maps for travel information from Sisters to here.

Perry South Campground is a use fee boat ramp operated by the U.S. Forest Service. Contact 541-373-5300 for additional information.

Directions: from Sisters, OR: Travel 5.6 miles northwest on Highway 20, then 20.8 miles north on Forest Road 11, then 5.0 miles east on Forest Road 1170, and then 2.6 miles northwest of County Road 64.  

RESERVATIONS: 1-877-444-6777 or make on-line reservation DIRECTIONS: In Culver, OR, follow the sign for "The Cove Palisades State Park" (C St) west 0.9 miles to a "T" intersection. Still following the State Park sign, turn right onto SW Feather Dr. and go 0.8 miles to another intersection. Again, following the State Park sign, turn left onto SW Fisch Ln (changes to SW Frazier Dr. in 0.5 miles) and go 1 mile to another intersection. Continue following the State Park sign by turning left onto SW Jordan Rd. and go 1.9 miles to Deschutes Camp/Day Use Area sign. Bear left at sign (with Crooked River on the right and crossing over two bridges) and go 19.8 miles to campground. NOTE: The last 7.2 miles are dirt, and rocky. There are some steep stretches with switchbacks. Not recommended for large (30' plus) RVs.

Lake Simtustus Indian Park is a use fee R/V park operated by the Confederate Tribes of Warm Springs (BOI). Contact 541-325-5292 for additional information.

Lake Simtustus Pelton Park is a no use free to launch private marina operated by PGE. For additional information contact 541-475-0516.

Wild and Senic Deschutes River The Deschutes River was designated an Oregon Scenic Waterway in 1970 and a Federal Wild and Scenic River in 1988. The river runs through a deep rimrock-lined canyon that ranges from 900 feet to 2,600 feet in depth. The elevation drops from 1,393 feet at Pelton Reregulation Dam to 160 feet at its confluence with the Columbia River.

Wild and Senic Deschutes River Trout Creek Campground is a no use fee boat launch operated by the Bureau of Land Management. Contact 541-416-6700 for additional information.

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  • LOWER DESCHUTES WILD AND SCENIC RIVER: The Deschutes River begins its journey high in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon at Little Lava Lake and travels through deep rimrock-lined canyons on its 252-mile course north to the Columbia River. The last 100 miles of this path were designated as an Oregon Scenic Waterway in 1970 and a Federal Wild and Scenic River in 1988. The Deschutes has a unique flow that is fairly constant due to the many springs that feed the river in the upper reaches and the effects of the Pelton Reregulating Dam, which delivers a uniform flow for the last 100 miles. The Lower Deschutes River is managed cooperatively by three agencies:  Prineville District, Bureau of Land Management; the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs; and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

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    How to Use the Maps 

    The maps and map logs read from bottom to top on each page, as if one were in a boat facing downriver. Upriver is towards the bottom of the map/log. Downriver is towards the top of the map/log. 
      
    The log files also read from bottom to top, with downriver features being towards the top of the page, and upriver features being towards the bottom of the page. The leftmost column features the river mile marker at which the location/feature is located. The rightmost column contains a text overview of the location/feature.

    Sherar's Falls Scenic Bikeway

    The Lower Deschutes River is divided into four segments based on geographical features, road access, and recreational use patterns. Boating experiences and recreational opportunities vary by segment. The information below can help you select the segment that best meets the experience you want to have. A Deschutes River Boater’s Guide is available to purchase in person or by phone for $8.00 at the Prineville BLM office (3050 N.E. 3rd St., Prineville, OR 97754; 541/416-6700).

    Wild and Senic Deschutes River Nena Boat Ramp is a no use fee boat ramp operated by the Bureau of Land Management. For additional information contact 541-416-6700.

    Wild and Senic Deschutes River Harpham Flat is a use fee boat ramp operated by the Bureau of Land Management. Call 541-416-6700 for additional information.

    Wild and Senic Deschutes River Maupin City Park boat ramp is a no fee use City Park operated by the City of Maupin. For additional information click on the Maupin City Park boat ramp link or call 541-395-2252.

    Wild and Senic Deschutes River Sandy Beach is a fee based site managed by the Bureau of Land Management. For additional information contact 541-416-6700.

    Wild and Senic Deschutes River n Buckhollow is a fee based site managed by the Bureau of Land Management. For additional information contact 541-416-6700.

    Wild and Senic Deschutes River Pine Tree is a fee based site managed by the Bureau of Land Management. For additional information contact 541-416-6700.

    Wild and Senic Deschutes River is a fee based site managed by the Bureau of Land Management. For additional information contact 541-416-6700.

    Wild and Senic Deschutes River is a fee based site managed by the Bureau of Land Management. For additional information contact 541-416-6700.

    Deschutes River State Recreation Area To Heritage Landing Boat Ramp (½ mile) & The Dalles (16 miles east of.)

    Directions to Deschutes River State Recreation Area at the confluence of the Deschutes River and Columbia River. Traveling east on 84 E / US-30 E 5.4 miles to Celilo Village. Exit I-84 E / US-30 E at exit 97. Take the exit ramp right on OR-206 toward Celilo Village for 0.2 miles. Turn right onto OR-206 / Celilo Park Rd for 128 ft. Turn left to stay on OR-206 / Hwy 30 for3.0 miles. You have arrived at the entrance to the access rd. to the Deschutes River State Recreation Area.

    Wild and Senic Deschutes River Heritage Landing State Park is a no use fee boat ramp managed by Oregon State Parks. For additional information contact 541-416-6700.

    Directions to Heritage Landing State Park at the confluence of the Deschutes River and Columbia River. Traveling east on 84 E / US-30 E 5.4 miles to Celilo Village. Exit I-84 E / US-30 E at exit 97. Take the exit ramp right on OR-206 toward Celilo Village for 0.2 miles. Turn right onto OR-206 / Celilo Park Rd. Turn left to stay on OR-206 / Hwy 30 for 2.5 miles.  Bear right onto Old Moody Rd to the boat ramp located 0.2 Miles on the left.

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    GATEWAY TO THE RECREATIONAL RESOURCES OF EASTERN OREGON

    We are in the process of adding the recreational opportunities associated with the Crooked River, Prineville Reservoir and the Blitzen River. The lakes associated with Eastern Oregon, South Santiam and Metolius River and the North Santiam Rivers or found in the Siuslaw River watershed, Mckenzie River watershed, the Deschutes River, Owyhee Canyon Lands, the Roque River watershed, the Umpqua River watershed, the Smith River, the Kalmath Basin and the Middle Fork of the Willamette River in addition to the lakes associated with Southern Oregon. Click on the recreational resource of interest and scroll down to the area of interest. More to come.

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