Fish Lake Remount Depot - Commissary Cabin

Area Status: Temporarily Closed
Fish Lake Remount Depot -- Commissary Cabin Winter

Long used by Native Americans, the Fish Lake area was an important stop for weary travelers on the Santiam Wagon Road. The Forest Service first used Fish Lake as a ranger outpost in 1905. During the 1920s, it served as the field and dispatch headquarters for the Santiam National Forest, (the predecessor of the Willamette National Forest).

The Fish Lake Historic Site is open to the public year round and two restored remount depot cabins, the Commissary Cabin and the Hall House are open to the public and available to rent for overnight stays each winter from mid-November to mid-April.

These cabins were built in 1924 and are rustic, historic wood structures that include a dispatcher's cabin, a springhouse shed, a garage/woodshed and a fire hose shelter. The Commissary Cabin features a bedroom and kitchen. Guests must walk, cross-country ski or snowshoe approximately three-quarters of a mile to access the cabins from Lava Lake Sno-Park.

The Commissary Cabin has a full-size bed with mattress, table with chairs, sofa, propane heating and cooking stoves, solar-powered lighting, basic cookware and kitchen utensils. An outhouse with pit toilet is located nearby. Neither cabin has water or electricity. Guests must bring their own water for drinking, cooking and washing.

Items such as bedding, lanterns or flashlights, matches, extra toilet paper, first aid supplies, trash bags, dish soap, towels and an ice chest are not available. Guests are expected to pack out their trash and clean the cabin before leaving.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 9/7/23: Temporarily closed due to the Lookout Fire. See the Lookout Fire Closure Order and Map.

Fish Lake Interpretive Day Use area is open year round to visit. The cabin opens for winter season mid-November through mid-April.
Operational Hours:
  • Check in at 2:00 p.m.
  • Check out at 1:00 p.m.
  • Day visitors - please respect the privacy of rental occupants.
Reservations: Reserve online at or phone 1.877.444.6777. Open for reservation Thursday-Sunday 2-night minimum, 3-night maximum (Cabin rentals are limited to a single reservation per group per season.)
Fees: $85.00 per night
Open Season: Mid November - Mid April
Usage: Heavy
Busiest Season: December-February
  • 4 person limit
  • No pets
Water: Bring your own water
Restroom: An outhouse is located outside the building
Operated By: Willamette National Forest
Information Center: McKenzie River Ranger District
57600 McKenzie Hwy
McKenzie Bridge, OR 97413

General Information


GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
44.40528, -122.00583
44°24'19"N, 122°0'21"W

From Salem, take Highway 20 east through Sweet Home. Approximately 45 miles east of Sweet Home, Lava Lake Sno-Park will be on the north side of the highway.

From Eugene, take Highway 126 east to Highway 20 (approximately 70 miles). At the intersection, turn left (west) and drive about a quarter mile. You will see Lava Lake Sno-Park on the north side of the highway.

From Bend, take Highway 20 towards Sweet Home. Traveling west, a quarter mile past the intersection of Highways 20 and 126, Lava Lake Sno-Park will be on the north side of the highway.

You must park your vehicle(s) at Lava Lake Sno-Park. Sno-park permits are required. From Lava Lake Sno-Park, cross the highway and follow the blue diamond trail markers. You may hike, cross-country ski, or snowshoe (approximately one mile) to the cabin. The Commissary Cabin is on a hill northeast of the depot archway.

General Notes:

Marked Nordic ski trails and snowmobile trails are found at the nearby Lava Lake Sno-Park. Seven sno-parks constituting the Santiam Pass Winter Recreation area are within a 15-minute drive of the area. Areas around these Sno-Parks offer miles of non-motorized trail opportunities.

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You must park your vehicle(s) at Lava Lake Sno-Park. Sno-park permits are required. Permits are available at all DMV offices and by permit agents in resorts, sporting goods stores and retail outlets. National Forest offices do not sell Sno-Park permits. Funds from the permits go to the State of Oregon for plowing the parking areas.


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