Archive for the ‘Canoeing Oregon’ Category

Fall River Campground, Central Oregon

This is a magical river located in Central Oregon along South Cascade Road. It’s a great place to fish, play in the water, or just enjoy the beauty and hiking in the area. I just stopped here a few days ago and even on the weekend mid summer, it wasn’t that busy.




TIMPANOGAS LAKE, Oregon Cascades



Summit Lake Oregon Pictures

Check out the post about Summit Lake too –

Larison Cove Hills Creek Reservoir – Canoeing

I usually do not include reservoir areas as recommended spots for canoeing – because of the wind factor, motor boats, lack of scenery etc, but the “arms” of Hills Creek Reservoir offer some great canoeing nooks. Larison Cove is one of those spots. A small parking area and canoe launch makes it easy to put in. Watch for small docks – a fun perch to eat lunch. Depending on the water level, you can go up the channel for quite awhile. I was there when the water was relatively low, but it was fun nonetheless. There were canoe campers near the back of the cove so canoe camping is a possibility. Take Kitson Springs Road/Hills Creek Road about 2 miles southeast of Oakridge. Turn on to NF Road 21 around the west side of the reservoir. Watch for the sign for Larison Cove on your right.

Timpanogas Lake Oregon

A little gem of a lake located high up in the Cascades near Summit and Crescent Lake. Great campsites flank one area of the lake offering instant canoe launching spots. Picnic tables and a turn-around loop is also great for trailers. There is an upper and lower lake. The lower lake require a small canoe portage through the brush, but a fun afternoon canoe trip. There was only one campsite taken on a Friday afternoon in August! If you want to get away with comforts of vault toilets and picnic tables, this might be the spot. The mosquitos were pretty terrible though, so bring the bug spray. The road from Crescent Lake is really terrible, so I would recommend coming in via Hills Creek Reservoir. I have driven a lot of barely passable back roads in my life the road between Crescent Lake and Summit Lake is top on my list of roads I don’t want to drive again. I do not recommend it!

Canoeing Summit Lake Oregon

Located a few miles beyond Crescent Lake is my new favorite lake discovery. An absolutely pristine lake – you can see clear to the bottom in most of the areas I canoed. Fairly large in size, the lake offers infinite exploration along it’s volcanic shores. Spotted with tiny islands, it’s a boater-adventurers dream. Look for natural bonsais and tucked away secret canoe-in campsites. I did not see any algae blooms which was a great sign for this time of year. The mosquito’s weren’t too bad – not nearly as bad as nearby Timpanogas Lake. I have a feeling that there are many hidden secrets to this lake – including a canoe portage spot to secretly pass back over to the other side of the lake.

At around 5600-foot elevation Summit Lake is nestled in the Oregon Cascades Recreation Area. Diamond Peak looks over the lake and the Pacific Crest Trail runs near the west shore of the lake.

Directions – Note – the road in is in very poor condition. I would only recommend high clearance 4×4 vehicles – and even then it is pretty bad. On a personal note, the roads appear to have been torn up by off road vehicles/ATVs. I think there should be a law against off road vehicle/ATV use on established roads. The more time I spend exploring the back roads of Oregon the more apparent the damage these vehicles are doing to roads.

There are 2 different ways to reach the lake. You can take the back way through Oakridge and along Hills Creek Reservoir. The road is paved for a long time in and then turns to gravel. Though, once you reach the lake area, the road becomes extremely rough and I would only recommend high clearance 4x4s. The roads were better in the past but are getting worse each year.

You can also go in via Crescent Lake. From Highway 58, turn in the town of Crescent following the signs to Crescent Lake. Turn at the junction and follow NF Road 60 around the lake. Use a map from this point as it can be a little tricky. I can’t repeat enough that the road in is in horrible condition! Take with extreme caution and only a high clearance 4×4. 

Ok – so the message is loud and clear about the road conditions, but the lake itself is a a true gem! It is worth the harrowing drive and has topped my previous favorite – Sparks Lake. If you have canoe camped Sparks lake, you will be equally impressed with Summit. Pictures coming soon and a quick write-up on Timpanogas Lake too.

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Black Lake, Mount Hood

While exploring the lakes of the Mount Hood region, we stumbled across Black Lake. It’s not a very big lake nor very deep, but it made for a nice overnight camping spot. It sits peacefully up in an arm of the mountains with a great easterly view. The lake is relatively smooth water which is fun for drifting along in a canoe or swimming. It’s also a great sight for crawfish – though I have never eaten them before. There were a few groups that came up to collect crawfish while we were camping. Beyond that, we had the entire place to ourselves. The campsites are walk in only – but it isn’t very far. There are tables and an old-fashioned A-frame outhouse. It’s a really nice off the beaten path stop. It’s located at the end of the road, so there’s not much traffic. You can also hike around the lake or explore other areas nearby like Rainy Lake.

Forest Service Info Site

Our Daily Bread Veneta, Oregon

After a day of canoeing the Fern Ridge Canoe Channels, I love to head over to Our Daily Bread in Veneta. They have amazing food, great wine and a unique atmosphere. The restaurant is in an old church. They have a small wine shop as well. My personal favorite is the Curried Chicken Salad. If you are lucky, you will be treated to excellent piano music furnished by a local who comes in to play. The hospitality is that of a quaint small town. This is truly one of those hidden gems!

Our Daily Bread Website

Delintment Lake – Malheur National Forest

Delintment Lake is a hidden gem up in the Malheur National Forest outside of Burns, Oregon. Along the way, you might want to stop at Yellowjacket Reservoir as well. It was late summer when I visited and the thunder and lightening storms were rampant. A beautiful lake for canoeing and camping; I would have to list it in my top 20 for Oregon. So far, it is my favorite lake in Eastern Oregon. The lake is surrounded by large old Ponderosa. There is a great campground, potable water and newer vault bathrooms. There is a boat launch and when we were there, the campground only had one other person in it. There are amazing campsites right on the lake. Image

These directions were listed on the Forest Service Website – but I would definitely have a map on hand. Directions: North of Burns on County Road 127 to Forest Road #41. Left on Forest Road #41 for 45 miles to junction, turn left and follow signs for 5 miles to campground.

*Never Canoe during a lightening storm. We had to wait until the morning with a clear sky to go out on the lake.


Holbrook Reservoir, Oregon

Not a bad spot for a canoe trip. There is a campsite under the large ponderosa trees. This area has been used by cattle, so it’s a bit torn up.

5600ft elevation. 1 campsite and a day use area are on the northeast side of the lake. Holbrook Reservoir is located within the Fishhole Lake Recreation Area which includes many small lakes. Hiking, horse riding, and mountain biking trails are found at Lofton Lake and Heart Lake. Activities include boating (electric motors only, and a 5 mph speed limit). Birdwatching, Wildlife viewing,Fishing, Swimming, and Picnicing.

Location: From Lakeview: Travel 25 miles west on Highway 140, and turn left on Forest Road 3715. Take Forest Road 3715 for 6 miles, then turn right on Forest Road 3817. Continue on Forest Road 3817 for a short distance, and you should see the picnic area entrance.