Cabins, Tent Camping, Rowboat Rentals, Kayak Rentals, Boat Ramp, Showers, Fishing, Historic Group Shelter, Picnicking, Hiking, Drinking Water Access, Restaurant (Summer Season), Yurts (Coming Soon)
Clear Lake Resort (Limited Opening)
The ultimate four-season vacation destination! Boat rentals are currently available from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM (Half day rentals: 7:00 AM to Noon and 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM) Small Boats: Half day rental ($17.50) Full day rental ($35.00) Large Boats: Half day rental ($22.50) Full day rental ($45.00)
- Only modern cabins (with restrooms and showers) will be rented. Rustic cabins will be available for use beginning 6/19/2020. Cabins will be cleaned and sanitized after each visitors stay and before the next visitors use.
- Public showers will be available for rustic cabin users beginning June 19, 2020. Showers are cleaned and sanitized twice per day. (Please Bring your own soap, sanitizer and disinfectant when using the shower for your safety).
- The Lodge is staffed and available for business from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
- The Lodge interior is open to customers ordering food only. Public restrooms are available in the day-use area, near the picnic shelter. (Please Bring your own soap, sanitizer and disinfectant for your safety).
- Boat Rentals are done at the back of the lodge, through the service window.
- Row boats and kayaks will only be available for 1/2 day or all day rentals, no hourly rentals due to cleaning between each customers use.
- Only boat rental customers will be allowed on docks
- The restaurant is currently open. Breakfast is available from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and Lunch is available from 12:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. All orders are currently carry-out only.
- Day use restrooms and shower house restrooms available for day use visitors. (Please Bring your own soap, sanitizer and disinfectant for your safety)
- Trail around Clear Lake is open.
- Picnic Shelter is closed.
- Please stay 6' apart at all times; physical distancing is necessary for us to keep the resort open.
- No group gathering of greater than 10 people.
- Wear protective masks when approaching other member of the public and staff.
- Wash or sanitize your hands after using any public facility or equipment in the park
- Sharing of food, buffet or potluck style, is not recommended.
- Be thoughtful of others on trails, boat ramps, and parking lots.
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. Restaurant is currently closed.
The Clear Lake Lodge is partially open to the Public, for food orders only. Lodge hours are from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Boats are be rented at Lodge service window in the back. The restaurant is now open and is serving carry-out orders only. Breakfast is available from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and Lunch is served from 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
A sparkling lake, forests, and the beauty of the Cascade Mountains all combine to make Clear Lake Resort into a nature lover’s dream. Whether you’re looking for a quiet place to fish, amazing views, or a place to bring the kids for an adventure, you’ll find it at Clear Lake Resort. Visitors can enjoy a hike, run, or bike around the Clear Lake Loop Trail or connect to the 26 mile McKenzie River Trail. The Resort is located near the McKenzie and Santiam Rivers; great waterways for river rafting, floating and boating.
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 a 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.
1 car maximum, no extra vehicles can be accommodated
RENTER WILL NEED TO BRING:
Complete bedding with a pillow, sheets, blankets and/or sleeping bags. Complete cooking & eating utensils, dish soap, dishcloths & 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.
Double Rustic – Sleeps 4 – One double size bed in center of the room and twin mattress in the sleeping loft. Futon couch with dining table and chairs 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.
Double Modern- Sleeps 4 – Two bedrooms each with one double size bed. Futon couch with dining table and four chars in the main room. Bathroom and shower. Full size fridge with small freezer. Four burner propane cook stove. Propane heat in each cabin. All modern cabins have an oven, except cabins #19 & #20.
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.
Modern – Sleeps 8 – Cabins 21 and 22. (Our most accessible cabins for visitors with physical limitations)
Cabins 21 & 22 do not meet current standards for ADA Access, however, they do provide the best access for visitors with physical limitations at Clear Lake. For more details regarding the accessibility of cabins 21 & 22 please contact the Linn County Parks Department at (541) 967-3917 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org .
One double size bed in smaller bedroom and two double size beds in second larger bedroom. Two futon couches with dining table and chairs in the main room. Bathroom and shower. Full size fridge with small freezer. Four burner propane cook stove and oven. 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.
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.
Clear Lake, with its maximum depth of 185 feet and an average water temperature between 39 and 42 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.
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. Boat rentals are first come first serve and are not reservable in advance.
Personal watercrafts are also welcome at the lake. There is a $5.00 launch fee for personal watercraft launched at the park.
Please note: Motorized or electric boats of any kind are not allowed on Clear Lake.
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!
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.
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, through the Winter season, until mid Spring, the lodge is open from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., 7 days a week. Power is available in the cabins from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. 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.
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, restaurants 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, brewpubs, 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