Diamond Lake Loop

Umpqua National Forest, Oregon

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Diamond Lake Loop

Diamond Lake Loop is a hiking and biking trail in Douglas County, Oregon. It is within Umpqua National Forest. A and other restroom, the Fish cleaning fish cleaning, the South Shore Pizza and Diamond Lake Lodge Restaurant restaurants, the Diamond Lake Lodge guest house, the Registration, Checkin information, the Diamond Lake Post Office (elevation 5,292 feet) post office, Diamond Lake No Lifeguard on duty and other picnic sites, and the Diamond Lake Campground and South Shore Hiker/Biker Camp sites can be seen along the trail. There are also a fountain, a bbq, drinking waters, and parkings along the trail.

Diamond Lake Loop Professional Reviews and Guides

"Incredible views of Mount Thielsen and Mount Bailey are just outside the door at Diamond Lake Resort, which features a comfortable lodge and fine dining. The resort grooms a small number of easy ski trails and does not charge a fee for their use.

Additional trails are groomed for special events such as Senior Week, when spirited skiers age fifty and older take over the resort. Miles of nearby ungroomed ski trails and groomed snowmobile trails add almost unlimited opportunities for ski tours. Track Quality: Good classic skiing, good skating."

"Diamond Lake may be the most productive lake in the state for trout food and quick-growing rainbows. Fish over five pounds are taken each year. People tend to think of Diamond as a trolling and bait-fishing lake, but you can also have great fly fishing action, depending on the chub activity. The Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife poisoned unwanted fish in 1999. Healthy Williamson rainbow trout were reintroduced, which provided thousands of 18-to 20-inch brutes. Then, by the late summer of 2001, the illegally introduced tui chub population again grew out of control. This trash fish, up to four inches long, ate the microscopic zooplankton that normally keep the lake’s algae in check.

The uncontrolled bluegreen algae then dominated and released toxins that led to the lake’s closure. When this edition went to press, the lake was back to near normal with about 100,000 catchable fish planted each year, including chinook salmon, Eagle Lake rainbow trout, and about 15,000 two-pound rainbow trout. Types of Fish: Chinook salmon and rainbow trout, 10 to 24 inches, averaging one pound plus. This eTrail covers the "where, when, and how" to fish in this region. You'll get a full-page map and information on the known hatches, suggested equipment to bring, and the best flies to use."

"Diamond Lake is a massive landmark in south-central Oregon. The large number of trails available make it practically a destination snowshoeing center if you have time for more than just one route.

A good representative trail is the 4-mile Silent Creek Loop, located among the Silent Creek trails on the southwest side of Diamond Lake. Besides snowshoeing, the Diamond Lake area has something for everyone."

"This 3,200-acre jewel of a lake is surrounded by a forest of conifers in the Cascade Mountains at an elevation of 5,183 feet. A very popular recreational area, Diamond Lake has traditionally been one of the state’s best trout fisheries. But recently, its rainbow trout population has undergone some tough times due to an unauthorized release of tui chub, which are hogging all the food in the lake and out-competing the rainbow trout. Rainbow trout fingerlings have been regularly released into the lake by the state each spring. They would grow to 9 or 10 inches by the fall and blossom to a pound by the season opener the following year. But the heavy competition for food by the nonnative chubs are lowering the trout’s survival and growth rate.

To combat this, the state has embarked on a regular stocking program of 10- to 12-inch trout during the summer. Over the long-term, the state is studying its options that might range from poisoning the chubs out and starting over again, to leaving the chubs there and changing the mix of available gamefish to those that can better stand the competition. In the meantime, fishing here remains decent, although it will likely take some time to regain Diamond Lake’s former glory. Key Species: rainbow trout."

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diamond lake is also a snowmobile area with miles of groomed trails, you can rent them and go over to crater lake and back, or like i said they have 100s of miles, also they have a paved bike path that goes around the lake, i was thinking in the winter that would make a great snow shoe or cross country trail.

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Trail Information

Umpqua National Forest
Nearby City
Umpqua National Forest
Umpqua National Forest, Diamond Lake Ranger District
Local Contacts
USFS Umpqua National Forest; USGS Mount Thielsen
Local Maps