Todd Lake


Dogs need to be on-leash on trails in the Three Sisters Wilderness (Green Lakes, Moraine Lakes,

Dogs need to be on-leash in Three Sisters Wilderness on: Green Lakes, Moraine Lakes, South Sister, Soda Creek, Todd Lake and Crater Ditch Trails, from July 15 to September 15. 


todd lakeThe lake was formerly called Lost Lake due to the difficulty in finding it. Citizens of Bend asked to have the name changed because of confusion with other Lost Lakes. The lake was renamed Todd Lake in 1922 to commemorate Uncle John Y. Todd, an early settler of central Oregon.

The lake is located in a glacial cirque which was probably last occupied by glacial ice about 13,000 years ago during the Canyon Creek advance of the Cabot Creek glaciation. The outlet stream from the lake is Todd Creek which flows into lavas from the Mt. Bachelor Volcanic Chain.

The lake is the first of many alpine lakes accessed from the Cascade Lakes Highway west of Mount Bachelor. At 6,150 feet, it is also the highest. Lying near the base of Broken Top mountain a half-mile off the highway, the 45-acre lake is encircled by alpine meadows and fir forests and is dominated by spectacular views of Broken Top and Mount Bachelor.

Motors are prohibited on this body of water. 

Do not remove frogs or tadpoles from Todd Lake.  Todd Lake is home for the western toad and Cascades Frog.  Both of these species are threatened by loss of wetlands, habitat degredation, and environmental changes.  They are protected by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and collecting of these species is illegal and punishable with a fine of $1250.00 (OAR 6330440130)

For more information see:  Todd Lake Day Use Area.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Wilderness permits are not required to access/use Todd Lake. However, recreators who hike the nearby Todd Lake Trail are required to acquire a Central Cascades Wilderness permit in advance for both day use and for overnight use.
Permit Info: The Todd Lake Trail enters the Three Sisters Wilderness. Should you plan to hike the trail, a day use or overnight Central Cascades Wilderness permit is required. This must be acquired in advance from
Restrictions: Wilderness restrictions apply in the Three Sisters Wilderness.
  • Dogs need to be on-leash on trails in the Three Sisters Wilderness (Green Lakes, Moraine Lakes, South Sister, Soda Creek, Todd Lake and Crater Ditch trails) from July 15 to September 15. 
Closest Towns: Bend, Oregon
Passes: A valid Recreation Pass is required at Todd Lake Day Use area and trailhead May 1st - September 30th.
Information Center: Bend-Fort Rock Ranger District, Deschutes National Forest

General Information


From Bend, travel 24.0 miles west on Cascade Lakes Highway (46), then 0.5 miles north on Forest Road 4600 370 to Todd Lake Trailhead. It is a 0.5 mile hike to the lake.



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