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Davis Lake is 3,000 acres in size and 22 feet deep. The lake has populations of rainbow and whitefish. Fishing is restricted to fly fishing only with artificial flies. Boat speed restricted to 10 mph to get out onto the lake and back. Trolling with a motor is illegal.
The lake’s unique character is a result of a large lava flow which blocked the flow of Odell Creek. The result is a lake which occasionally covers 3,000 acres. There is no apparent outlet for the lake but the lava block dam permits water to escape to a yet unknown destination. Odell and Ranger creeks feed Davis Lake. However, the flow of these streams does not equal the water lost through the lava. Consequently, the water area of the lake declines steadily throughout the summer season.
Davis Lake has three campgrounds and one boat ramp. East Davis Campground has 33 units, West Davis has 25 units. Both have fireplaces, tables, water with hand pump, and toilet facilities. Lava Flow has 12 units, no drinking water, tables, a boat ramp and toilet facilities.
Don not forget your fishing gear since the Davis Lake offers excellent fishing. Only fly fishing is permitted on the lake itself, but various baits and lures can be used in Odell Creek. Look for the Game Department’s sign which delineate the fly fishing only area.
In order to preserve the meadow habitat and to insure against pollution of the lake, you are asked not to camp on the meadow. Motor vehicles are restricted off roads.
Directions: From Crescent: Go 10 miles out County Road 61. Turn right on Forest Service Road #46 (Cascade Lakes Highway) and on to Davis Lake.
Seasonal Access: Normally Open: Late Spring-Fall
Facility Type: Lake
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