Fish Lake Remount Depot - Hall House Cabin

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Fish Lake Remount Depot -- Hall House 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 November to early April.

The Hall House is a 3-room cabin featuring 1 bedroom, a shared common room with a hidaway bed and a kitchen. Guests must walk, cross-country ski or snowshoe approximately three-quarters of a mile to access the cabin from Lava Lake Sno-Park.

The Hall House includes 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.

Seven sno-parks constituting the Santiam Pass Winter Recreation Area are within a 15-minute drive of the cabins, including Lava Lake Sno-Park and Ray Benson Sno-Park. Areas around these Sno-Parks offer miles of non-motorized trail opportunities for skiers and snowshoers. Marked Nordic ski trails and snowmobile trails are found at the Lava Lake Sno-Park.

Know Before You Go

  • Overnight stays are by reservation only. Walk-ins are not allowed.
  • There is no water at this site; guests must bring plenty of water for drinking, cooking and washing
  • Guests must pack out all trash and clean cabin before departure
  • No tent, trailer or RV camping on this site
  • Livestock and pets are not allowed
  • Guests should contact the Ranger District prior to arriving to check on any restrictions or conditions, such as fire or road closures, weather or storms, etc., that may affect their visit

At a Glance

Current Conditions: McKenzie River Ranger District: Fish Lake Interpretive Day Use area is open year round to visit. The cabin is open to reservations November 10, 2018 through April 16, 2019.
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 www.recreation.gov or phone 1.877.444.6777. 2-night minimum, 5-night maximum (Cabin rentals are limited to a single reservation per group per season.)
Fees $80.00 per night
Permit Info: A Sno-Park permit is required for parking at Lava Lake. 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.
Open Season: 11/10/2018 - 4/16/2019
Usage: Heavy
Busiest Season: December-February
Restrictions:
  • 4 person limit
  • No pets
Water: There is no water at this site; guests must bring plenty of water for drinking, cooking and washing
Restroom: An outhouse is located nearby
Operated By: Willamette National Forest
Information Center: McKenzie River Ranger District
57600 McKenzie Hwy
McKenzie Bridge, OR 97413
541-822-3381

General Information

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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Directions:

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. A Sno-Park permit is 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.


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  Latitude : 
44.40339819112132

  Longitude : 
-122.0076574300064

  Elevation : 
3200 feet

 



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