Wilderness Lakes


Wilderness LakesThe Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest contains over 340,000 acres of federally-protected Wilderness areas. Several pristine mountain lakes exist nestled high in the Sky Lakes, Red Buttes, and Kalmiopsis Wilderness areas. Most of these lakes are relatively small and unproductive, however they offer spectacular scenery, the opportunity for solitude, and reliable fishing for pan-sized brook, rainbow, and cutthroat trout. Many anglers find backcountry angling challenging yet highly rewarding. Anglers should check with District employees as stocking has been discontinued in some of these lakes to restore native ecosystems. Camping is restricted to designated areas near the lakes and all Wilderness visitors should follow “Leave No Trace” guidelines.

General Information


Contact local Ranger Districts for trailhead options.


Camping & Cabins

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Dispersed Camping

Primitive camping is available in designated areas at least 100 feet from lakeshores and 50 feet from streams.


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Water Activities

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Areas & Activities