Devils Lake would have to be the most vibrantly turquoise-colored lake you’ve ever seen. It is hands down the most beautiful lake in all of Oregon and it’s the perfect spot to spend a summer’s day.
The lake is not terribly big but that is actually a good thing because the waters stay relatively calm most of the time. Being sheltered by the surrounding pine forest probably helps too. Non-motorized boat recreation is allowed on the lake so bring your stand up paddle boards or kayaks.
The lake is quite shallow and has a sandy bottom so is perfect for swimming although the water stays pretty cold year round. Devils Lake is stocked annually with hatchery Rainbow Trout so if you’re interested in fishing bring your rods.
Devils Lake is about 20 miles west of Bend and there are no stores or restaurants nearby except for dining at Elk Lake Resort so be prepared and make sure you bring lunch.
This whole area has endless outdoor recreational opportunities and many great hiking trails start from within five minutes of the lake, therefore it is a good place to base yourself if you plan on extending your day trip.
Camping at Devils Lake
Camping is allowed beside Devils Lake in designated area’s, however you have to be pretty lucky to grab a spot here as they are first-come first-serve. On top of that, there are only ten sites available. Also note that these campsites are hike in only. Guests must park at the South Sisters/Devils Lake trail head. There is a parking fee of $5 or you may use your Northwest Forest Pass or Interagency Annual Pass.
How To Get There
Devil’s Lake is located on scenic Cascade Lakes National Scenic Byway and is less than an hours drive from downtown Bend, Oregon.
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