Clear Lake

Quick Facts

Clear Lake

Oregon

(541) 225-6300

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Overview

Clear Lake, the "lake born of fire", is the headwaters of the McKenzie River and was formed 3000 years ago when lava from Sand Mountain reached the river and backed up water to form the lake.

The original forest that had lined the river banks was submerged. Remnants of some of these submerged trees still stand under 120 feet of water and are visible from the trail and by boat. The nearly freezing temperature of the lake makes it unsuitable for swimming.

A picnic shelter, built by the Civilian Conservation Corps, is situated at the day use area near the resort.

Osprey and bald eagles, and native cutthroat trout call the lake home. Non-native rainbow and brook trout are also found in the lake.

The 557-acre reservoir is located in the Cascade Mountains in Oregon within Willamette National Forest. The lake is about 13 miles south of Mt. Hood.

Linn County Parks operates the Clear Lake Resort under special use permit. It features cabins, boat rentals, boat launch, and a restaurant. For more information visit http://www.linnparks.com/pages/parks/clearlake.html.

Map of Clear Lake

Latitude, Longitude: 44.283174, -121.867831

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Activities

  • Boating

    Linn County Parks operates the Clear Lake Resort under special use permit. It features boat rentals and a boat launch. No motors allowed on lake.

  • Bird Watching

    Osprey and bald eagles call the lake home.

  • Bicycling

    Biking available.

  • Camping

    A picnic shelter, built by the Civilian Conservation Corp, is situated at the day use area near the resort.

  • Fishing

    Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife manages fishing regulations. Visit their website for information on fishing seasons and fishing licenses. Native cutthroat trout call the lake home. Non-native rainbow and brook trout are also found in the lake.

  • Hiking

    Areas for hiking located at Clear Lake Day Use Area and Cold Water Cove Campground. Drinking water, picnic tables, and toilets available May-September.

  • Water Sports

    Scuba diving is a popular activity at Clear Lake Resort.

  • Wildlife Watching

    Wildlife viewing areas are designated throughout the forest. These areas provide visitors with the opportunity to see Roosevelt elk, black bear, Northern bald eagles, mule deer and bobcats among other wildlife. Many viewing areas contain interpretive signs that provide information about the natural history and management of wildlife in the forest.

    The cascading rivers that flow throughout the forest are home to a variety of native fish populations including Chinook Salmon and Bull Trout, which have nourished people and the land for thousands of years. Chinook can be seen spawning in the cool rivers during the late summer months.

  • Winter Sports

    Mushing, skiing, snowboarding, sledding, tubing, snowmobiling and snowshoeing are popular winter activities in the forest.

Seasonality/Weather

Open year-round

Park Partners

Linn County Parks

Linn County Parks operates the Clear Lake Resort under special use permit. It features cabins, boat rentals, boat launch, and a restaurant. For more information visit http://www.linnparks.com/pages/parks/clearlake.html.

(541) 967-3917

Directions

Driving

3 miles south of Hwy 20/126 junction. From McKenzie Bridge, travel east on Highway 126 for 18 miles to Clear Lake.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(541) 225-6300

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