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Lake Information for East Lake


East Lake is one of the twin lakes that occupy part of the Newberry Crater or caldera in Central Oregon, United States. It is located in the Deschutes National Forest near the city of La Pine. The caldera was formed over 500,000 years ago from volcanic eruptions. East Lake's water comes from snow melt, rain fall, and hot springs only. The average depth is 67 feet (20 m), 180 feet at the deepest point, and covers 1,044 acres (4.22 km2). East Lake is about 50 feet (15 m) higher in elevation and is to the east of its twin, Paulina Lake

Facilities and Parks: 

East Lake lies within the Newberry Crater National Monument and is surrounded by public lands. Facilities include four public boat ramps with docks. East Lake Resort offers boat rentals and has a store, restaurant and lodging.

Nearby state park: LaPine State Park.

For More Information:
ODFW Deschutes Watershed District Office — (541)388-6363
East Lake Resort — (541) 536-2230

Fishing Description: 

East Lake offers fishing opportunities for rainbow trout, brown trout, Atlantic salmon and kokanee. The trout and salmon fisheries are supported by annual stocking of fingerling-sized fish that are available to catch the following spring. Rainbow trout are abundant and average 12 to 16 inches in length. Trophy-sized brown trout to over 10 lbs. are caught annually.

Fishing Tips, Tactics, How-To info: 

Anglers have good success within 200 feet of the shoreline around the lake. In particular, fly anglers have good success along the southeast and eastern shorelines early and late in the day.

Tackle & Techniques: All angling methods are popular including fishing with bait, trolling or casting lures, and fly angling. There are good opportunities for both bank and boat angling. Fishing from float tubes or pontoon boats has become very popular in recent years.

Directions to Lake: 

East Lake is 30 miles south of Bend in the Newberry Crater at the summit of the Paulina Mountains. Road access to Newberry Crater is primarily provided by Hwy 97 and Deschutes County Road 21 from the west. Access from the east is via Forest Road 18 and Forest Road 21, which is an extension of County Road 21.

Atlantic Salmon
Brown Trout
Rainbow Trout
Catfish Family
Salmon Family
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Businesses Located Nearby

Boat Rental

    Advanced Performance Rentals
  • 51530 Russell Rd, #B - La Pine, OR
  • (541) 598-7819
    Smith Rock Riverboats Incorporated
  • 1097 Ne 11th St, #103 - Redmond, OR
  • (541) 549-8423
    Bend Recreation Incorporated
  • 3500 N Highway 97 - Bend, OR
  • (541) 382-5731

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