The Fish Lake recreation area can be accessed by State Highway 140, the Dead Indian Memorial Road or the Butte Falls/Fish Lake Highway. Fish Lake is nestled in the High Cascades between Mount McLoughlin and Brown Mountain, both of which are relatively young volcanoes. The area hosts a number of recreational activities, including boating, canoeing, camping, hiking, fishing, and mountain biking! Trails to suit multiple needs can be found throughout the area, including the nearby Sky Lakes Wilderness, Brown Mountain and Mt. McLoughlin areas.
Please Note: The lake is used as an irrigation reservoir, and lake levels can be lower at the end of the summer.
At a Glance
|Current Conditions:||There are first come, first served sites, as well as reservable sites.
From Butte Falls, Oregon travel east on the Butte Falls/Fish Lake Highway for 18.5 miles. Turn east (left) onto Highway 140 for 2.5 miles to the Fish Lake access road to the south (right). Travel 0.5 miles to the campground entrance to the west (right).
From Ashland, Oregon travel east on the Dead Indian Memorial Road 22 miles to Forest Service road 37 (Big Elk Road). Turn north (left) and continue 8 miles across Big Elk Road to Highway 140. Turn east (right) onto Highway 140 and continue 3 miles to the Fish Lake access road to the south (right). Travel 0.5 miles to the campground entrance to the west (right).
From Medford, Oregon take Highway 62 towards White City about 8 miles and turn east (right) on to Highway 140. Travel east towards Klamath Falls on Highway 140 for 30.4 miles to the Fish Lake access road to the south (right). Travel 0.5 miles to the campground entrance to the west (right).
From Klamath Falls, Oregon travel west on Highway 140 to the Fish Lake access road to the south (left). Travel 0.5 miles to the campground entrance to the west (right).
Lake and Pond Fishing
- Fish Species: Rainbow Trout, Eastern Brook Trout
- Fishing Access: 2X4, boat
- Fishing Methods: Fly, spin, bait
- Angling Season: Spring, summer and fall
- Depth and Size: 18-31 feet - 483 acres
Oregon state fishing license required. See Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for more information.
Alerts & Warnings
- Forest Order RRS 06 10 22 23 56 Alcohol Prohibition Illinois River Corridor
- Illinois River Swinging Bridge Closure
- Butte Fork Trail Bridge in Red Buttes Wilderness Closed Through July 2023
- Understanding Parking and Fire Restrictions on the Illinois River
- Bear-Human Interactions on the Rise!