Clear Lake Resort

NF-775, Sisters, OR 97413

The ultimate four-season vacation destination! The lodge is open from 7 am to 4 pm, seven days a week. The restaurant is currently OPEN from Thursday to Sunday, 7:30am-11am, 11:30am-4pm. Cabins can be reserved online. Use Last four Digits of your reservation # as your door entry code. Boat rentals are available year around, rented only at the lodge during hours.

Clear Lake Resort Open
  • Restaurant is Open Thursday-Sunday 7:30am-5:00pm.
  • 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.  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 between 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Row boats and kayaks will only be available for 1/2 day or all day rentals.
  • Public restrooms available for day-use visitors.  (Please Bring your own soap, sanitizer and disinfectant for your safety)
  • Picnic Shelter is closed.
  • Use Last four Digits of your reservation # as your door entry code.
To help us  keep Clear Lake Resort open, please remember to adhere to the following guidelines:
  • Mask is required inside Lodge.
  • Please stay 6' apart at all times; physical distancing is necessary for us to keep the resort open.
  • 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
  • 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 and yurt rentals, boat and kayak day-use rentals, a restaurant (see hours above)

About the Park

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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.

The Clear Lake Lodge is open to the Public! Restaurant hours are Thursday-Sunday 7:30am-5:00pm. Summer Lodge hours are from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Boats and Kayaks are rented at Lodge service window in the back (life vest included) all day. If there is no one in the Lodge for your boat rental transaction, please feel free to waive down one of our Friendly Park Staff members for help.

 

Amenities

Cabins, Tent Camping, Rowboat Rentals, Kayak Rentals, Boat Ramp, Showers, Fishing, Historic Group Shelter, Picnicking, Hiking, Drinking Water Access, Restaurant (Summer Season), Yurts (Available Now)

Rowboat & Kayak Rentals

*Rowboats/kayaks can only be rented the day-of at the lake. We are sorry for the inconvenience this may cause.

Join us for a day on the pristine waters of Clear Lake to enjoy rowing, fishing, and sight-seeing from one of our rental rowboats, or kayaks. Personal watercrafts are welcome at the lake for a $5 launch fee.

[  Full-day hours:  7am-7pm    |    Half-day hours:  Morning 7am-12pm,  Afternoon 1pm-7pm  ]

  • Small rowboat (4 person capacity)                                                                                                                        $35/day     $17.50/half day
  • Large rowboat (5 person capacity)                                                                                                                        $45/day     $22.50/half day
  • Kayak                                                                                                                                                                           $30/day     $15.00/half day

 

Please note:  Motorized or electric boats of any kind are not allowed on Clear Lake.

Cabin 6-Double Rustic

Double Rustic – Sleeps 4 –

This cabin was remodeled in 2020.It has One double size log bed in each of the two rooms and a twin mattress futon in the main Room. This cabin comes with a dining table and four chairs in the main room. A propane heater, lights, one electrical outlet, and a two burner gas stove.  This cabin does not have an oven or indoor plumbing.

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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. Please use the last four digits of your reservation number as your door entry code.

Cabins 7 and 8-Double Rustic

Cabin 7 Interior showing bed, futton, and ladder. Cabin 7 Interior view showing the fireplace and 2 stove burner.

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Rustic Cabins #7 and #8 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)

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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. Please use the last four digits of your reservation number as your door entry code.

Cabins 17/18 and 19/20-Double Moderns

 

Double Modern- Sleeps 4 – Two bedrooms each with one log double size bed some with bunk beds. 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 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. Please use the last four digits of your reservation number as your door entry code.

Cabins 21 & 22-Modern Cabin-(Most accessible Cabins)

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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:  parks@co.linn.or.us .

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 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. Please use the last four digits of your reservation number as your door entry code.

16' Yurt-Rustic

The yurt does not have power or indoor plumbing.  Indoor Cooking is also not available at this time.

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. Please use the last four digits of your reservation number as your door entry code.

 

History of the Lake

Clear Lake, the “lake born of fire,” is the headwaters of the McKenzie River that was formed 3,000 years ago when lava from Sand Mountain reached the river and cooled forming the lake. Before Clear Lake existed in its place was a dense Douglas fur forest and ancestral McKenzie River. This original forest that lined the river banks was submerged creating a new ecosystem. Remnants of some of these submerged trees still stand under 120 feet of glacier water and are visible from above the lake. Fish species that had lived in the river beforehand, adapted to a new life in an underwater forest, that continues to be preserved because of the extremely cold water.

Experiencing the Lake

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.

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 that create a stunning underwater landscape.

Boaters are offered a similar experience as the clarity of the water allows for them to spot the underwater forest. Furthermore, along the bank, boaters may enjoy the ample wildlife. 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 at the lake. During the early morning and late afternoon native cutthroat trout are seen jumping in the air catching bugs.

Please note, the nearly freezing temperature of the lake makes it unsuitable for swimming.

Fishing

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

You may 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 Clear Lake and Waterfall hiking loops traverse a land shaped by glaciers, rivers, and lava flows. This area was glaciated during the last ice age; the McKenzie River now flows where ice used to reign. In the last few thousand years, lava flows from the Sand Mountain volcanic chain to the east have transformed the area. The 5 mile clear lake loop allows those to view these historical changes.

The McKenzie River Trail is a renowned 26-mile biking and hiking trail that overlaps with parts of the Clear Lake and Waterfall loops.  The trail accesses numerous water features, such as Blue Pool, and numerous waterfalls. Visitors are able to access some of these areas from nearby parking areas, so those that are not able to travel on foot 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, through the Winter season, until mid Spring, the lodge is open from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 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. Use Last four Digits of your reservation # as your door entry code.

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, 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