Lying high on the western slopes of the Oregon Cascades, Waldo Lake is one of the largest natural lakes in Oregon (9.8 square miles with a maximum depth of 427 feet). Waldo is one of the purest lakes in the world. It has no permanent inlet to bring nutrients into the lake for plant growth. The lack of plant life contributes to its purity. You can see to depths of 120 feet on a calm day. See more photos.
Waldo Lake is a large natural lake, approximately 31 miles east of Oakridge and 70 miles from the Eugene, Springfield area. Waldo is located at an elevation of 5,414 feet in the Oregon Cascades. To reach Waldo Lake from I-5, travel east on Highway 58 about 60 miles to the junction of Forest road 5897. Proceed north, eight miles to the south portion of the lake, or 14 miles to the northern reaches of the lake.
Camping & Cabins
Recreation areas with activity Campground Camping:
Motorized craft must operate at speeds of less than 10 mph. There is a 14 day boat moorage limit. People must be staying at Waldo Lake while mooring their boats. Islands are day use only, no overnight camping or campfires.
Boat Ramps at:
North Waldo Day Use (area is unavailable) (boat ramp)