Clear Lake Resort

NF-775, Sisters, OR 97413

The ultimate four-season vacation destination!

Clear Lake Off-Season Special
We are currently running our off-season special at Clear Lake Resort on cabin rentals. All cabin rentals are buy one night, get second consecutive night free. This is available for unlimited uses from November 1, 2016 thru March 31, 2017, and can be used repeatedly in a consecutive multiple-night stay. To apply the discount for online reservations, please note in guest comments: Apply Discount. The discount will be refunded back to the credit card that original payment was made to, within two business days. To apply the discount before making payment, please contact our office at (541) 967-3917, between 8:30 am and 4:00 pm, Monday thru Friday.
Clear Lake Winter Season - Limited Generator Hours
As of Sunday, October 2nd, the generators powering Clear Lake Resort will be operated on the winter season schedule.  The generators will operate during the following hours, daily: 7:30 am to 9:00 am, Noon to 1:00 pm, and 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm.  This will affect all cabin renters.  All cabins have propane heaters and lights, so these will not be affected.  The propane lighting in each cabin is limited, so cabin renters may want to bring extra lighting that does not require electricity for the times the generators are not running.  **Please note that all those operating health care equipment will need to bring extra battery backups.
Clear Lake Restaurant Closed - Winter Season Lodge Hours
The Clear Lake Diner is now closed.  The lodge will be changing to it's Winter-season hours effective October 3rd.  The Winter-season hours are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.  Boat rentals are available during these hours.

Park Location – Located on Hwy 126, 4 miles south of the Hwy 20 Junction.

Park Usage – Cabin rentals, boat rentals and a boat ramp available year-round.

About the Park

A sparkling lake, forests, and the beauty of the Cascade Mountains all combine to make Clear Lake Rustic Resort into a nature lover’s dream. Whether you’re looking for a quiet place to fish, amazing views, or a comfortable area to bring the kids for a camping adventure, you’ll find it at Clear Lake Rustic Resort. Clear Lake Resort is also set near the McKenzie and Santiam Rivers, great waterways for river rafting, river floating, and boating.

Amenities

Restrooms, Cabins, Camping, Boat Ramp, Showers, Fishing, Group Shelters, Picnicking, Hiking, Drinking Water, Boat Rentals

Charming Single Rustic Cabin Details

Cabin 2 Interior

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Rustic cabin #2 includes the following items:

(No indoor plumbing)

Sleeps 4 people

2 Bedrooms, 1 double bed per room

One common room with dining area, cooking area & 2 chairs with table.

Futon couch (will fold out to full size bed)

2 burner propane cook stove (propane provided for stove and lanterns)

Cabin size 15’ x 19’

Propane wall mounted lantern. Four power outlets.

2 cars maximum, no extra vehicles can be accommodated

RENTER WILL NEED TO BRING:
Complete bedding with pillow, sheets, blankets and/or sleeping bags. Complete cooking & eating utensils, dish soap, dish cloths & towels, pot holders. Food & beverage supplies All bath linens & toiletries Barbecue grill (If desired) Lawn chairs (if desired). There are no individual fire pits at the campsites. There is one group fire pit at the boat ramp for all to share (please bring your own firewood). Campsites DO NOT have a fire ring and are very primitive.

Classic Double Rustic cabin #7

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Rustic cabin #7 includes the following items:

(No indoor plumbing)

One Large Great Room with Vaulted Ceiling

Sleeps 4 people

1 double bed + Sleeping loft with full size futon mattress

Common room with dining area, 3 chairs & cooking area

Futon couch (will fold out to full size bed)

2 burner propane cook stove (propane provided for stove and lanterns)

Cabin size 13’ x 18’

Propane wall mounted lantern. One electrical outlet.

2 cars maximum, no extra vehicles can be accommodated

RENTER WILL NEED TO BRING:
Complete bedding with pillow, sheets, blankets and/or sleeping bags. Complete cooking & eating utensils, dish soap, dish cloths & towels, pot holders. Food & beverage supplies All bath linens & toiletries Barbecue grill (If desired) Lawn chairs (if desired). There are no individual fire pits at the campsites. There is one group fire pit at the boat ramp for all to share (please bring your own firewood). Campsites DO NOT have a fire ring and are very primitive.

Cabin Description: Double Rustic

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Double Rustic – Sleeps 4- Cabin #7, in photo’s below. One double size bed in center of the room and twin mattress in the sleeping loft. Futon couch with dinning table in the main room. Propane heat in each cabin.

RENTER WILL NEED TO BRING:
Complete bedding with pillow, sheets, blankets and/or sleeping bags. Complete cooking & eating utensils, dish soap, dish cloths & towels, pot holders. Food & beverage supplies All bath linens & toiletries Barbeque grill (If desired) Lawn chairs (if desired). There are no individual fire pits at the campsites. There is one group fire pit at the boat ramp for all to share (please bring your own firewood). Campsites DO NOT have a fire ring and are very primitive.

Cabin Description: Double Modern

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Double Modern- Sleeps 4, cabins 19, in photo’s below. One double size bed in each bedroom. Futon couch with dinning table in the main room. Propane heat in each cabin.

RENTER WILL NEED TO BRING:
Complete bedding with pillow, sheets, blankets and/or sleeping bags. Complete cooking & eating utensils, dish soap, dish cloths & towels, pot holders. Food & beverage supplies All bath linens & toiletries Barbecue grill (If desired) Lawn chairs (if desired). There are no individual fire pits at the campsites. There is one group fire pit at the boat ramp for all to share (please bring your own firewood). Campsites DO NOT have a fire ring and are very primitive.

Cabin Description: Modern ADA-Accessible

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Modern Barrier Free – ADA – Sleeps 8- cabins #21 & 22 in photo’s below. One double size bed in smaller bedroom and two double size beds in second larger bedroom. Two futon couches with dinning table in the main room. Propane heat in each cabin.

RENTER WILL NEED TO BRING:
Complete bedding with pillow, sheets, blankets and/or sleeping bags. Complete cooking & eating utensils, dish soap, dish cloths & towels, pot holders. Food & beverage supplies All bath linens & toiletries Barbecue grill (If desired) Lawn chairs (if desired). There are no individual fire pits at the campsites. There is one group fire pit at the boat ramp for all to share (please bring your own firewood). Campsites DO NOT have a fire ring and are very primitive.

History of the Lake

Clear Lake, the “lake born of fire,” is the headwaters of the McKenzie River and was formed 3,000 years ago when lava from Sand Mountain reached the river and backed up water to form the lake.

The original forest lining 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.

Experiencing the Lake

Clear Lake, with its maximum depth of 200 feet and average water temperature of 43 degrees year-round, forms the headwaters of the McKenzie River. For years, this area has been preserved to protect its unusual natural ecosystem and beauty. All of these factors result in incredible water clarity at the lake. Clear Lake truly offers an experience not to be missed and that experience is possible year-round, as underwater springs

Scuba divers come from around the world to enjoy the unique freshwater diving experience that Clear Lake offers. Divers are able to explore a sunken forest and lava flows, creating a stunning underwater landscape.

Boaters are offered a similarly enjoyable experience as the clarity of the water allows them to spot some of these treasures from the surface, as well as enjoying the ample wildlife the lake is home to. It is a joy to watch ducks skim over the water, suddenly shooting beneath the surface to catch a fish below. Eagles and Osprey are also often spotted on the lake.  Native cutthroat trout call the lake home, as well as, non-native rainbow and brook trout.

The nearly freezing temperature of the lake makes it unsuitable for swimming.

 

Boating Clear Lake - Rentals & Personal Craft

Join us for a day on the pristine waters of Clear Lake and enjoy fishing, rowing, paddling and sight-seeing from one of our rental rowboats.  Hourly and daily rowboat rentals are available year-round.

Personal craft are also welcome at the lake.  There is a $5.00 launch fee for personal craft launched at the park.

Please note:  Power boats of any kind are not allowed on Clear Lake.

Fishing

For a great experience at the lake, you can rent a boat from our lodge and head out for an afternoon of fishing. This is great family fun for all ages. Boat rentals and fishing on Clear Lake are open year-round.

Hourly and daily boat rentals are available. You may just catch an incredible Clear Lake native cutthroat trout, or one of the non-native rainbow and brook trout stocked by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

For the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife trout stocking schedule at Clear Lake, visit the ODFW website.  In the Willamette Zone, select the South Willamette Watershed District link.  Scroll down to the date you are looking for, and then look prior to see the most recent stocking, or look ahead to see when you should plan your next fishing trip at the lake!

Trails - Hiking & Mountain Biking

The lake is surrounded by a 4.6 mile loop trail. The front side is Clear Lake Trail and the back side is the famous McKenzie River Trail. It is a fairly flat trail, both family and pet friendly.  The back side of the lake – the McKenzie River Trail side, can be a bit challenging on a bike as it weaves through lava fields.

Allow 1-3 hours to hike the trail.

This loop is a great smaller mountain biking trail for people who do not want to bike the entire McKenzie River Trail.  Just remember, the back side of the lake can be difficult for beginning riders, novice riders should be be prepared to walk your bike through the tougher parts.

The McKenzie River Trail is a renowned 26-mile biking and hiking trail.  The trail accesses numerous wonders, including waterfalls, amazing water features, such as Blue Pool, and stunning forest. Visitors are able to access some of these areas from nearby parking areas, so those that are not able to travel on foot or by bicycle are still able to experience these wonders. For more information on the trail, visit the McKenzie River Trail website.

Fall & Winter Season

Cabins at Clear Lake are available for rent year-round, as are boat rentals. Fall colors combined with the color of the lake create a color palette that everyone should experience.  These stunning colors are later replaced with Winter snow blanketing the trees. This Winter wonderland is an entirely different experience at the lake than offered in the Spring and Summer.

From late fall, thru the Winter season, until mid Spring, the lodge is open from 8am to 4:30pm, 7 days a week; the generator is available for limited hours only. The restaurant is closed during this time.  Remember to bring your own traction devices during the winter months. Cabins can be reserved online (above) or by calling our office at (541) 967-3917.

For information on the best time to view the Fall colors in the Cascades and at Clear Lake, please visit https://oregonfallfoliage.wordpress.com/, or contact our office.

You can check road conditions and view road cameras at ODOT’s TripCheck website.  Our staff does maintain the entrance and exit road into the resort, but please always carry traction devices and come prepared with a four-wheel drive vehicle during Winter visits.

Nearby Attractions

Black Butte Ranch is located on the McKenzie Pass-Santiam Pass Scenic Byway. This idyllic ranch offers outstanding outdoor activities from golfing to fly fishing. You can take a trail ride, visit one of the horse camps, or bike along the 18 miles of paved trails (bike rentals are available). Play on one of the 23 tennis courts, go swimming in the indoor or outdoor pool, or do some canoeing and kayaking on Phalarope Lake. Two beautiful golf courses are available for public play: the Glaze Meadow Golf Course and the Big Meadow Golf Course (recently renovated). For more information go to: Black Butte Ranch

Belknap Springs located south of the campground on Highway 126 offers a restaurant, lodge and hot springs. For more information go to: Belknap Hot Springs.

Hoodoo Ski Area is a great, winter playground for winter sports like cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, sledding, snowboarding, and snowmobiling. Hoodoo offers 5 ski lifts, an Autobahn Tube Park, 2 day lodges, equipment rentals, restuarants and a Nordic and Snowboard Center. Hoodoo is located on the summit of the Santiam Pass on Highway 20, just 20 miles northwest of Sisters, 40 miles northwest of Bend, 75 miles east of Albany, 85 miles southeast of Salem, and 75 miles northeast of Springfield/Eugene. For more information go to: Hoodoo Ski Area

McKenzie River Trail This is a renowned 26-mile biking and hiking trail.  The trail accesses numerous wonders, including waterfalls, water wonders, such as Blue Pool, and stunning forest. Visitors are able to access some of these areas from nearby parking areas, so those that are not able to travel on foot or by bicycle are still able to experience these wonders. For more information on the trail, visit the McKenzie River Trail website.

McKenzie Pass-Santiam Pass Scenic Byway This 82-mile route through the Willamette and Deschutes National Forest lets you set your own pace.

You can take a two-hour drive along this scenic roadway, enjoying vistas of the snowcapped Cascade peaks and dramatic lava fields. Or spend a more leisurely five hours exploring the Byway with stops at robins-egg blue lakes, rushing waterfalls like Sahalie and Koosah Falls, and deep forests. You’ll see volcanoes that are covered in glaciers and snow, views of Broken Top Mountain and the Three Sisters, and hiking along the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail. Stop at the Dee Wright Observatory for amazing views of the peaks.

Sisters, Oregon, where the outdoors take center stage, and for good reason. Surrounded by gleaming lakes, ponderosa pine forests, and the snowy Three Sisters Mountains, this is a phenomenal place to visit. In addition to its rivers and hiking trails, Sisters offers antique shops, art galleries, attractions, and excellent restaurants. You’ll also find a range of festivals including the Village Green Craft Shows, the Sisters Bead Stampede, Art Strolls, the Sisters Rodeo, the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, the Antique Show, the Western and Native American Arts Festival, the Sisters Folk Festival, the Sisters Jazz Festival, and the Harvest Faire. For more information go to: Sisters Chamber of Commerce

The City of Eugene offers a vibrant downtown and colorful community, filled with green parks, a lively college campus, and a colorful arts community. Located between the Cascade Mountains and the Oregon Coast Range. You’ll enjoy incredible restaurants, enchanting boutiques, brew pubs, wineries, and hikes along the riverside greenway system. Spend a day walking, jogging, biking, or in-line skating, all while admiring views of the river and the town beyond. You can tour the rhododendron gardens, stroll the Lorane Country Trail, or shop the legendary Saturday Market. Eugene is approximately 80 miles from Clear Lake Resort. For more information go to: Eugene Chamber of Commerce