Packwood Lake Trail Professional Review and Guide
"One of the largest woodland lakes in the South Cascades is an easy stroll on a smooth, wide, and gentle trail. Camping, boating, and fishing continue undisturbed on a shore beloved by families since early in the century.
All is not well, however. The outlet stream was dammed in 1963 for a power project. Although the permit states that the lake level is to be maintained, it is often lowered. But, worst of all, the dam was built 5 feet higher than it needed to be, so there is always the possibility that the power-hungry utility will flood the lakeshore. To add insult to injury, motorcycles, three-wheelers, and four-wheelers are allowed on the power company’s service road to the lakeshore. But there they stop. The lake itself is off-limits to them."