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Devils Lake

The 23-acre Devils Lake sits where the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway turns south—and while it’s far from the largest reservoir in the area, Devils Lake offers an abundance of adventure for outdoor enthusiasts of all stripes.

The pond was formed by a long-ago lava flow, and volcanic rock still covers its eastern shore today. These days, the shallow Devils Lake is best known for its bright, turquoise hue and is popular with paddlers in search of a relaxing outing—and since motor boats are not permitted, the water remains calm all day long. Anglers, meanwhile, appreciate fishing for rainbow trout and brook trout from an easily accessible shoreline.

Plenty of outdoor adventure abounds away from Devils Lake itself. An on-site trailhead, for instance, provides access to the Wickiup Plains loop trail, the popular South Sister summit hike, and the broader Three Sisters Wilderness. Also at the pond is Devils Lake Campground—home to 10 hike-in, tent-only sites that are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Given its remote location, far from the likes of Bend and Sunriver, the clear night skies above Devils Lake offer incredible stargazing.

Open Season

Late May-Nov.

Dog Friendly and/or Leash Rules

Leashed dogs are permitted—but can go off-leash while swimming in the lake.

Best time to visit


Don’t Miss

If your schedule allows, try to snag one of the half-dozen hike-in, tent-only sites (available on a first-come, first-served basis)—and savor the starry night skies far from any light pollution.

Fees or Pass Needed

A Forest Pass ($5 per day pass or $30 per annual pass) or America the Beautiful pass ($80 per annual pass) is accepted; a Central Cascades Wilderness Permit is also required June 15-Oct. 15 if hiking into the Three Sisters Wilderness from the Devils Lake/South Sister Trailhead or the Wickiup Plains Trailhead.


Motorized boats are not permitted on Devils Lake.



Picnic Tables

Paddling Water Sports

Dark Sky


Parking is available at the Devils Lake/South Sister Trailhead on the western shore of Devils Lake.


From Bend, the 28-mile drive to Devils Lake takes about 40 minutes via SW Century Drive, which becomes the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway.

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