Best Oregon Lakes

Oregon's Best Lakes for Fishing, Camping, and Scenic Beauty

The top Oregon lakes are popular vacation spots. A week or two weeks at one of these lakes camping, hiking, fishing, boating, and swimming replinishes the spirit. These vacations are perfect for families who are on a tight budget. Everybody has fun.


Some Oregon lakes are great for fishing and others are better for boating. All of them have trail heads nearby for short, intermediate, or day-long hikes. Some lakes have cabins for rent and all have campgrounds.


Crater Lake

Crater Lake

Crater Lake is the most beautiful lake in the United States and certainly one of the top beautiful lakes in the world. This is a lake that people usually just look at and take pictures of. Although you can take a boat tour and you can fish in the lake, the primary activity is viewing. There is a beautiful rustic lodge, lots of hiking trails, campgrounds, wildlife, and great fishing near by. For information see Crater Lake National Park.


Crescent Lake

Crescent Lake

Crescent Lake is in the Cascade Mountains just a few miles from the Willamette Pass Ski Area. It is easy to get to from both Eugene and Bend, Oregon. It is popular for camping, fishing, boating, hiking, and horseback riding. A section of the Pacific Crest Trail is near by. For details visit Crescent Lake Oregon.


Diamond Lake

Diamond Lake is just a few miles from Crater Lake and is popular for trout fishing. There is a resort with rental cabins, campgrounds, boat docks, and hiking trails. Diamond Lake is also a popular winter sports area for snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and backcountry skiing and snowshoeing. For more information see Diamond Lake Oregon.


Paulina Lake and East Lake

Paulina Lake

Paulina Lake and East Lake are in the Newberry Crater outside of Bend, Oregon. They are abundant with trout and sockeye salmon. The lakes are fed with snow water. People enjoy canoing, swimming, hiking, snowshoeing, skimobiling, and cross-country skiing at both lakes. There are rustic cabins for rent year round. For more detail about these lakes see Paulina Lake.


Wallowa Lake

Wallowa Lake

Wallowa Lake is nestled in the Wallowa Mountains of Eastern Oregon. The lake is well known for camping, cabin rentals, fishing, boating, swimming, hiking, and horseback riding. Popular winter sports include cross-country skiing and snomobiling. The area called Oregon's Little Switzerland is nearby. There are also 50 high mountain lakes in the area. Read more at Wallowa Lake Oregon.Wallowa Lake Oregon.


Mt. Hood National Forest Lakes

Trillium Lake

These Oregon lakes near Mt. Hood include Timothy Lake, Frog Lake, Clear Lake, and Trillium Lake. These are all well known camping lakes with boating, swimming, fishing, and hiking. The area is also good for mushroom hunting for white chantrelles, boletes, and morrells. For information on the campgrounds see Camping in Mt Hood National Forest.


Detroit Lake Oregon

Detroit Lake in the Willamette National Forest east of Salem on Highway 22 is one of the most popular boating and camping lakes in Oregon. The manmade lake is nine miles long and has six campgrounds for RV's and tents. There are also three group campgrounds for groups up to 70 people. You can read all about the different campgrounds at Detroit Lake Oregon.






Oregon Lakes