Devils Lake is a beautiful 23-acre shallow lake located adjacent to Century Drive about 30 miles southwest of Bend. The water's exquisite turquoise color and scenic views makes this lake a delightful place to visit for travelers on the Cascade Lakes Highway. The easy access, fishable shoreline, and stocking of catchable rainbows make Devils Lake an excellent place to take children fishing. In addition to the stocked rainbows there is a natural reproducing population of brook trout.
Devils Lake was formed by a lava flow that lies as a mass of jumbled volcanic rock at the lake’s east end. It is a shallow lake with an average depth of just over 3 feet and a maximum depth of 10 feet.
Motorized boats are prohibited on this body of water.
Small boats or rafts can be launched near the campground.
Recreation Fee Site: Parking at this site requires a recreation pass. Passes are available at this site, but can also be purchased from Forest Service offices or vendors. Please check here for more information about recreation passes and where they can be purchased.
At a Glance
|Fees:||Recreation Fee Area: $5/vehicle/day – On-site payment available|
|Permit Info:||Wilderness Permits required for visitors entering the Three Sisters Wilderness from the Devils Lake/South Sister Trailhead or the Wickiup Plains Trailhead. Day and Overnight visitors: Central Cascades Wilderness Permit required between June 15 and October 15; reserve at Recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777.|
|Closest Towns:||Bend, Oregon|
|Passes:||Recreation Fee Site: Parking at this site requires a recreation pass. Please check here for more information about recreation passes and where they can be purchased. Acceptable passes include:
|Information Center:||Bend-Fort Rock Ranger District, Deschutes National Forest|
Lake and Pond Fishing
ODFW Management Policies for Devils Lake
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife currently manages for naturally reproduced brook trout and hatchery produced legal-size rainbow trout consistent with the Basic Yield Management Alternative for trout.
What To Expect
- Vehicle Access: From Bend the most scenic route is to take Century Drive (FS Road 46).
- Fishing Access: Devils Lake Map under construction.
- Boating Regulations: NO MOTORS. See statewide and local boating regulations.
- Fish Species Present: Rainbow trout (planted catchable trout) and naturally reproducing brook trout.
- Physical Characteristics: Size: 23 acres; Depth: 3'-10'; Elevation: 5,440'
- When/How to fish: Check out the Central Zone recreation report from Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Summer season.
- Popular Fishing Methods: Bait, lures and flies
- Bait/Lure Fishing Method: Trout anglers often fish in the northeast corner of the lake (deepest part) using, power bait, worms, red salmon eggs with a bobber or floating the bait up with a marshmallow. Trout anglers often cast spinners into the deepest part of the lake.
- Fly Fishing Methods: Fly anglers usually cast an adams or other attractor flies when the fish are feeding on the surface.
- Camping Information: Devils Lake Campground