This site is the gateway to the Fish Lake Historic Site, also known as the Fish Lake Remount Depot, along the McKenzie Pass-Santiam Pass and the West Cascades National Scenic Byways.
The day use area with picnic tables and interpretive signs sits adjacent to Fish Lake, A viewing platform takes you to the lake's edge. Fish Lake is a seasonal lake which only has water in winter and spring. In the summer, the water drains underground, leaving a lush meadow.
Follow the path through the replica of a toll gate to view the historic site, once a popular rest stop for weary travelers on the Santiam Wagon Road.
Find out more about the history of this area below:
At a Glance
||Interpretive Site,Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking
||Willamette National Forest
||McKenzie River Ranger Station
From McKenzie Bridge, OR, follow Highway 126 east for 22 miles to Fish Lake Interpretive Site.
Viewing area, canoe launch, garbage receptacles
The lake dries up in the summer time which limits fishing and swimming.