Bolan Lake

Bolan LakeBolan Lake is a 12 acre, high mountain lake with a shoreline of Douglas-fir, pine and hemlock. It provides cool relief from the hot, Illinois Valley temperatures of July and August, and is a pleasant place to swim, picnic, or fish. Rainbow trout are stocked a few times each year. The wildflowers are amazing here in the early summer; look for the bright orange lilies that grow along the lakeshore!

Overlooking Bolan Lake is Bolan Lookout, an old fire lookout that is available for overnight stays. Reservations must be made at

At a Glance

Open Season: Spring - Fall
Closest Towns:
  • Cave Junction, OR
  • Grants Pass, OR
  • Medford, OR
Water: No drinking water available
Restroom: Vault toilet
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information


From Cave Junction, OR, travel south on U.S. Highway 199 to O'Brien, OR. Turn left (east) onto County Roads 5560 and 55. After 6 miles, the road becomes Forest Service Road 48. Travel 7 miles and turn onto Forest Service Road 4812. Continue 4 miles to Bolan Lake.


Campground Camping

Lake and Pond Fishing

  • Fish Species: Rainbow Trout
  • Fishing Access: 2X4
  • Fishing Methods: Fly, spin, bait
  • Angling Season: Spring, summer and fall
  • Depth and Size: ? - 12 acres

Fishing License

Oregon state fishing license required. See Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for more information.

Day Hiking

Viewing Wildlife

Viewing Plants

Viewing Scenery

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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5,500 feet