Lakes in Oregon

Many routes in Oregon lead to beautiful water. From hiking trails to roadways, Oregon offers scenic views of lakes as well as thundering rivers. Some lie along paths parallel to the sea, making them doubly scenic.

Interested in touring breathtakingly vivid waters? Then take Oregon's "Grand Tour". Off Highway 140, you'll encounter the clear, deep blue water of Crater Lake in Crater Lake National Park. Formerly called Blue Lake and Lake Majesty, Crater Lake is a caldera that was formed thousands of years ago by the collapse of the volcano Mount Mazama. Exit the park by the "Route of the Waterfalls" and take Highway 138 to encounter more beautiful water, including Diamond Lake, which has five boat ramps and good fishing, particularly in the spring. As you travel 138, you'll also see an amazing number of waterfalls on the North Umpqua River. Renowned for its premium fly fishing, the river's waters are clear emerald green.

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Featured lakes in Oregon

Crater Lake

Crater Lake is the main feature within the Crater Lake National Park. This lake is famous for its deep blue color and water clarity. This lake is viewed as a sacred site by one of the Native American tribes.

Crescent Lake

Crescent Lake is located within the Deschutes National Forest. The area has many trails for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking and areas for off-road vehicles. This area also includes some boat ramps and campsites.

Gerber Reservoir

Gerber Reservoir is located between Klamath Falls and Lakeview, Oregon, in the Klamath Lake Area. It offers a rare treat in the high desert for anglers - warm water fishing. At almost 4,000 acres, it's a large reservoir and is best fished by boat. It has three boat ramps, one at the north end, one at the southeast end, and another near Gerber Dam. Year-round campgrounds are nearby.


Popular Oregon lakes

Alkali Lake
Blue Lake
Boggs Lake
Bumphead Reservoir
Cottonwood Reservoir
Crater Lake
Crescent Lake
Diamond Lake
Drews Reservoir
Gerber Reservoir
Howard Prairie Lake
Hyatt Reservoir
Jewit Lake
John C Boyle Reservoir
Miller Lake
Renner Lake
Spring Lake
Swan Lake
Upper Klamath Lake
Willow Valley Reservoir


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