The lake is a hidden jewel of green and blue surrounded by dark green forest. Thickets of bulrush wands hide the most secretive wildlife and fish. At the north end, water drains into a porous rim of lava. The best way to experience this lake is by canoe, but a shoreline hike will still produce wondrous sights and sounds. Take your camera to capture the spectacular view of Mt. Bachelor.
Hosmer is a “fly fishing only” lake well known for its breath taking viewsof Mt. Bachelor, South Sisters, Broken top, wildlife viewing and the big Atlantic salmon, brook trout and rainbows that are quite visible in this shallow clear lake. John Huber (1998 compares Hosmer Lake to a spring creek because many of the fish are easy to see, giving you a clear view of one denial after another. At Hosmer Lake, the Atlantic salmon average 16 inches (largest in the 22 inch range) and brook trout average 14 inches. Hosmer Lake is also a very popular lake for canoeists because of the beautiful surroundings, the abundant wildlife, waterfowl and easily seen large fish swimming around.
Bring insect repellant!
Secure all your food items so black bears don't become a nuisance or safety hazard, which would require their euthanasia.
Deep snow commonly limits road access except during the months of June through October.
Motorized "electric motors only" and non-motorized boats are allowed on this body of water.
See Hosmer Lake Boating Site for more information.
There is one other access primarily for float tubes and canoes is at the Mallard Marsh Campground off a trail between campsites 14 and 15.
From Bend: At Jct. of Third St. (Hwy. 97) & Greenwood Ave. (Hwy. 20), travel south on Third St. for 0.3 mile to Franklin Ave, turn west onto Franklin Ave. for 1.2 miles to Galveston Ave, turn west onto Galveston Ave. for 0.4 mile to Forest Road 46 (Cascade Lakes Hwy.) Turn South onto Forest Lake 46 for 33.9 miles to Forest Road 4625, turn east onto Forest Lake 4625 for 1.2 miles to Hosmer Lake and South Campground.
Total Distance: 37 miles. Estimated Time: 50 minutes