Odell Lake, Oregon, USA

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All About Odell Lake

Lake Locations: USA - US West Region - Oregon - Central Oregon -

Six miles long and one and a half miles wide, Odell Lake sits under the scenic shadow of Diamond Peak in the Deschutes National Forest, offering wonderful outdoor recreation and fantastic fishing. Both summer and winter outdoor diversions can be enjoyed by visitors. Odell Lake is more than 280 feet deep with many bays, inlets and coves. It provides an ideal habitat for trophy sport fishing, great boating, superb cross-country skiing and great wildlife viewing. Some of the outdoor activities available are:

Swimming, Water-Skiing and Windsurfing
Boating: Moorage, Motorboat, Canoe and Rowboats Rental
Fishing: Lake and Stream, Fly Fishing, Pole Rentals
Bike Rentals & Hiking: Trail System and Maps Available
Ski on groomed cross country ski trails
Downhill skiing, Willamette Pass Ski Area (six miles)
Bird watching: Bald Eagles, Ospreys, Herons
Hunting: Excellent location for fall hunting deer/elk
Quiet Relaxation

Odell Lake is a trophy trout fishery treasure of the U.S. Forest Service who manages the lake primarily as a fishery and for outdoor recreation. The Lake covers 3600 surface acres and reaches a depth of nearly 300 feet. Located a little over an hour’s drive southwest of Bend, Oregon, Odell Lake is open from late April to October 31. Fishing is prohibited within 200 feet of the mouth of Trapper Creek from September 1 to October 31.

For the angler pining for a trophy, Odell Lake is THE place. The last two Oregon State record lake trout were caught here, with the current record of 40 pounds, 8 ounces. Now that’s a fish! Kokanee Salmon, Mackinaw Lake Trout, and native Rainbows are high on most angler’s list. Bull Trout reside in the lake, but as a threatened species, cannot be caught. Be sure and check with the Oregon Department of Fishing and Wildlife for the current regulations and catch limits. Moorage, launch and boat rentals are available at the resorts, as boating is the most effective method of fishing (watch for high winds). There are five boat launching points on the Lake.

Beautiful campsites in secluded forests are the norm at Odell Lake. There are four campgrounds that are open from May through October (Trapper Creek, Princess Creek, Sunset Cove, and Odell Creek), some with water and some without water. There are toilets and boat launch areas at all. In addition to the campgrounds, there are two year-round resorts on Odell Lake (Odell Lake Resort and Shelter Cove Resort) offering supplies, lodging, boat rentals and resort activities. For the avid geocachers, there are many caches in a five mile area; this activity is a great way to explore the outdoor areas.

For the intrepid angler, Odell Lake is a jewel in central Oregon. Plan on stopping there for your attempt at a record lake trout!

Things to Do at Odell Lake

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Swimming
  • Canoeing
  • Water Skiing
  • Camping
  • Campground
  • Hiking
  • Downhill Skiing
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Hunting
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Birding
  • National Forest

Fish Species Found at Odell Lake

  • Bull Trout
  • Kokanee Salmon
  • Lake Trout
  • Salmon
  • Trout

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  • CampSpot – Campspot offers premier RV resorts, family campgrounds, cabins and glamping options across North America.

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Odell Lake Statistics & Helpful Links


Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Dammed

Water Level Control: U.S. Forest Service

Surface Area: 3,562 acres

Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 4,786 feet

Average Depth: 132 feet

Maximum Depth: 282 feet

Drainage Area: 302 sq. miles

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