Gold Lake Area


Image of Gold Lake

Gold Lake, situated in an open alpine forest, is a popular spot in both summer and winter. Although gas motors are not allowed on this small (100 acre, 25 feet deep) lake, electric motors (slow-no wake speed only), canoes, rafts and rowboats provide excellent fishing access. A primitive log shelter built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the early 1940s provides a dry picnic area or overnight protection for cross country skiers in winter.

Located very near the lake is Gold Lake Bog. This special area offers the visitor the opportunity to view deer, elk, and other smaller wildlife.

In the late spring and summer this area abounds with wild flowers and huckleberries. This is a popular area to pick huckleberries in the late summer.

At a Glance

Restrictions: Non-motorized craft only
Closest Towns: Oakridge and Crescent Lake Junction
Water: Well Water at Gold Lake Campground
Restroom: Vault Toilets at Campground
Passes: Some trails and day use sites require a Recreation Pass
Information Center: Middle Fork Ranger District

General Information


Gold Lake is located about 28 miles east of Oakridge and 68 miles from the Eugene area, near Willamette Pass. Gold Lake is situated at an elevation of 4800 feet. To reach Gold Lake from I-5 travel east on Highway 58 approximately 62 miles to the crest and watch for Forest Road 500. Turn left onto Forest Road 500 and follow this gravel road 2.2 miles to the end.

General Notes:

map of area around Gold Lake 




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  Area/Length : 
100 acres; 25 feet deep

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  Elevation : 
4800 feet