Fish Lake (Rogue-Umpqua Divide Wild.)

Rating (Out of 5): 3.5

Location: Near Canyonville, Ore.

Distance: 8 round-trip to Fish Lake

Difficulty: moderate/hard

Camping: Yes at Fish Lake

Quick hit: Fish Lake is one of the largest and deepest mountain lakes in Oregon, as well as by far the largest in the Rogue-Umpqua Divide Wilderness. The hike is pretty though not spectacular, running past large rock walls and passing a Beaver Swamp before reaching the lake, which is surrounded by the trail and campsites. There's good fishing here for trout. There are a number of other options.

Although Fish Lake Trailhead is the most popular option, there's actually a shorter route to Fish Lake by starting at the Beaver Swamp Trailhead, located four miles up the road past the Fish Lake Trailhead.

Directions: Directions: From I-5 near Canyonville, take exit 98 and follow signs for Crater Lake into the town of Canyonville. Turn east on 3rd street until it becomes Tiller-Trail Highway. Follow the Tiller-Trail Highway 23.3 miles to the town of Tiller. After passing through the town, turn left onto Road 46 toward South Umpqua Falls. Follow Road 46 24.2 miles. Veer to the right on Road 2823 and follow “Fish Lake Trailhead” markers. Drive 2.4 miles on Road 2823, fork right on Road 2830 for 3.9 miles on a gravel road. Then fork left on Road 2840 to Fish Lake trailhead. The road is well-marked.

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