Diamond Lake Resort has evolved from a small fishing lodge built in the 1920s, to a modern family resort that offers year-round service. It is a favorite summer spot for fishing (rainbow trout), hiking, bicycling, and horseback riding. In the winter it is famous for skiing, snowboarding and tubing, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing. All year round it is a wonderful place to take in the beauty of nature and of Crater Lake National Park.
- Pet Friendly,
- Handicap Accessible,
- Air Conditioning,
TripAdvisor Ratings & Reviews
Great family-oriented destination
Our family-friends group of 25 people have enjoyed Diamond Lake Resort for 11 straight summers with plans to return. The resort is not luxurious, but offers what resorts do best: single-stop destination. That means our kids enjoy the facilities without needing to pile into a car -- and adults can have fun too. The lake and views are astonishing, kids and adults can sun themselves (bring a big floatie!), hike or bike paved trails around the lake, rent boats/kayaks/SUP or bring your own...even have fun with bumper boats! Very close to US National Park, Crater Lake (a must-see) and only blocks from the most charming western horse riding facility: Diamond Lake Corrals. This year, some friends broke off to nearby hot springs and waterfalls. So...it's a great location, to stay on the lake or take mini-excursions. Safe, very nice staff, great convenience store and restaurant has tasty diner-style menu. Pet-friendly. WiFi in lobby is imperfect. We've only ever stayed in cabins.Fairly well maintained--but they could do better. The Resort dates back to 1920s, and it shows--though I'm noticing some new paint, new flooring, new windows. The hot water is great + bare-bones kitchen means we bring a lot of supplies. While the activities fees and pet fees are affordable (in addition to standard 'resort fee'), the cabins are spendy for what you get. Improvements to cabins (new bed covers, newer kitchen supplies, deeply cleaned units) without a price increase needed.
Our second stay here. Rooms are comfortable but a bit worn, and could use more soundproofing; we could clearly hear outside conversations. Restaurant is pretty good, with very friendly service. Come for the location, right on a beautiful lake with a great paved trail around it, and near Crater Lake.
If you like the show Ozark and want that kind of experience in person, in OR, then this is your resort
The views from the resort are great. The access to the lake and the little beach are great. The boats and services around that are very serviceable --don't expect valet service, but good service. The restaurant food was a lot better than expected. The condition of the restaurant, however, was another story. The window sills were covered in bugs. the interior is dated. I'm not sure what decade I was in there...certainly, it was decorated in my lifetime, but likely when I was still in diapers. The motel here was very depressing. It smelled like people had smoked in this place for decades, leaving that tell-tale smell behind that only a demolition could get rid of. People probably hadn't smoked there in a decade, but it still had an aroma. The quality of the bedding and beds made us pull the sleeping bags out of the car and sleep on top of the bedding rather than in it. Very creepy. The shower was pretty good...but that was about it. I could probably write a horror novel about this place.
Tale of a two headed diamond
I'll start with the good. The staff, both front desk and our waiter/watress were all very friendly and eager to help and inform. The service was good. The food (we had breakfast and dinner) there and both were good not great food. A standard but broad menu and the food was satisfying and prepared well. The other good aspect is that the resort is very close to the national park for easy access(mins away). Also, the resort sits right on the lake which is a nice view and access to the water sports. The lodging options seem to come in three styles. There are a few cabins which were built in the 1940s (literally), then a number of cabins built decades later, a motel style building and a new 'delux' two story cabin on the lake that looks very new. We stayed in the 1940ish cabin. I wouldn't recommend staying in those cabins which are in need of considerable overhauls. The one we were in should be shutdown until the basics are taken care of. Both outside and inside of those original cabins needs a great deal of work structurally and for what is in the inside such as the bedding, etc. I can't speak to the other cabins or motel rooms, but both of those look newer from the outside. The place was packed, I think due to the proximity to the National Park and that there are no other options to stay near the park.
Diamond Lake Resort is definitely a good location when going to Crater Lake from the north. The only other option is Crater Lake resort which is a bit pricey but also very hard to get in. That said, this place does leave something to be desired. It was clean and righ ton the lake but very dated. Rooms in the hotel park are fine but the bathroom with no door is strange. They did have a nice restaurant. It worked for us.