What Is Crescent Lake?

What Is Crescent Lake?
Crescent Lake, Ore., not to be confused with the much larger Lake Crescent in Washington State, is a natural lake known for its beautiful surroundings and many outdoors activities. Its remote location makes it ideal for those seeking solitude.


Crescent Lake is in the Cascade Mountains in Klamath County, Ore., about 80 miles southeast of Eugene, Ore. It is in Deschutes National Forest.


The lake is about 5 miles long, 4 miles wide, and covers more than 4,000 acres. Its average depth is 124 feet, and its maximum depth is 265 feet.


All types of boating are allowed on Crescent Lake, including canoeing, kayaking, sailing and motor boating. The surrounding Deschutes and Ochoco national forests have many hiking and biking trails, as well as more than 125 primitive campgrounds.


Bait, lure and fly-fishing are allowed in Crescent Lake. The best time to fish is June through August. Species in the lake include lake trout, mountain whitefish, brown trout, rainbow trout and Kokanee salmon.

Getting There

Crescent Lake is less than three miles south of Highway 58, just off of the Deschutes National Forest Road. It is only a few miles south of the Crescent Lake State Airport.

Article Written By Patrick M. Lind

Patrick M. Lind has been freelance writing since 2007 and has worked as an editor and journalist for ChicagoSporting.com. He received a Master of Arts in history from the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands and has traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and Middle East.

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