About the Lake

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Lake of the Woods is a beautiful and rare high mountain lake. Lake of the Woods is one of just a few natural lakes in Southern Oregon suitable for multi use recreation. Fortunate not to be on the reservoir system, our water level only fluctuates a 1-2 feet per year. The lake used to have a natural outflow at the North end that has been altered by man numerous times in the last 100 years. Currently, the Forest Service is studying the lake levels and the drainage issues that swirl around the use of the Great Meadow in the winter by Skiers and snowmobilers. The project to restore the meadow to a more natural state is ongoing and many many people are involved in the process to help decide what needs to be done. The ideal situation for Lake of the Woods & the Great Meadow is to be returned to a more natural state that allows for both winter use and a wet meadow in the spring and early summer. As the meadow drys out each summer, we see the larger game starting to return to graze on the abundant grass and forage.

Water Quality:  The water quality is monitored by a number of government agencies and is excellent.

Size:  1,250 acres surface area.

Shoreline:  Approximately 7.5 miles in circumference. 3.5 miles long by .75 miles wide at it’s widest point.

Attributes: The High mountain snows and spring snow run off in Billie, Rainbow & Dry Creeks top the lake off every year but the lake bottom springs off of Aspen Point keep the lake near full all through the summer.

Species of fish in Lake of the Woods: German Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Large & Small Mouth Bass, Kokanee Salmon, Yellow Perch, Catfish, Crappie, and probably a few others. The only fish that are regularly stocked in the lake are the Rainbow & German Brown Trout, occasionally the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will stock the Kokanee Salmon in the lake as a food source for the larger fish. Over the years a number of illegally introduced fish species have been added to the lake. The perch and bass are not the best species for the lake and we ask people to respect the lake and not add any more undesirable species of fish.

Hospitality Facilities: Lake of the Woods Resort with a full service Marina. Boat Rentals, fuel and moorage available.

The Resort: The resort is a full service property with everything you could ask for in a family vacation. The resort offers 34 cabins and 22 RV sites as well as a Main Lodge Restaurant, Pizza parlor, Marina, and General Store.

Forest Service and other facilities: Aspen Camp Ground, Sunset Campground, Rainbow Bay Day use area. There are 3 Organizational Camps at Lake of the Woods:Camp Low Echo is a Girl Scout camp, Camp McLoughlin is a Cub & Boy Scout Camp and Camp Ester Appelgate is a Multi use camp. There are also 217 privately owned homes at the lake all of which are on special use permits with the USDA Forest Service. Nearby Recreation opportunities: Mt Lakes Wilderness, Sky Lakes Wilderness, The Pacific crest trail is just west of the Lake, Crater Lake is Just 55 miles north. Rogue River, Klamath River. Hunting, Fishing, and many other family & group activities.

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