East Lake, Oregon

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East Lake

Nestled in the crater of Newberry Volcano southwest of Bend is East Lake Oregon - one of two pristine alpine lakes with some of the best trout fishing in the state.

  • Some of the best trout fishing in all of Oregon.
  • One of two lakes nestled in the caldera of the Newberry Volcano.
  • Located just 35 miles southwest of Bend in the Newberry National Volcanic Monument.
  • Explore the area on horseback and camp at the horse camp near the lake.

Overview

East Lake is a beautiful alpine lake located in the crater at the summit of Newberry Volcano, located south of Bend. Called East Lake because it lies just east of its larger “twin”, Paulina Lake, this crystal clear lake obtains water from underground hot springs, rainfall, and melting snow. East Lake Oregon fishing is excellent with its abundance of trout and salmon.

Location & Information
East Lake OR is about 35 miles southwest of Bend. It rests in the caldera of Newberry Volcano.

Contact information: Deschutes National Forest, 1001 SW Emkay Drive, Bend, OR, 97702. Phone: 541-383-5300. Visit the website here.

Activities

  • Fishing – Be sure to bring your fishing pole so you can catch brown trout, rainbow trout, and salmon while you’re there.
  • Boating – Surrounded by lava flows, rock bluffs, and beautiful forest, East Lake is a great place to enjoy nature while sailing, kayaking, canoeing and boating (power boats are limited to 10 mph).
  • Horseback riding – East Lake camping is perfect for equestrians. A nearby campground offers sites with corrals, and there are plenty of trails to explore via horseback.

Fun Facts

  • The largest brown trout caught in the lake was 22.5 pounds.
  • Nearly one mile across, the lake covers 1050 acres and has an elevation of just under 6,400 feet.
  • East Lake has a depth of 67 feet to 185 feet.
  • The caldera in which East Lake rests was formed over half a million years ago.

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