A great locale for fishing—especially Rainbow Trout and landlocked Salmon--Crescent Lake offers the beauty of crystal blue/green waters situated next to the majestic Cascade Mountain Range. Surrounded by woodlands with their stands of impressive pines, this truly is a nature lover’s paradise.
A number of trails for hikers of all skill level can be found throughout this area. One of the most widely traveled, the Summit Lake Trail, offers some of the most breathtaking views of both the lake itself and Diamond Peak. Camping in Crescent Lake is wildly popular, especially as visitors can choose to partake in the yurt experience. Nestled in the woods but still close to a restaurant and small store, these campgrounds allow you to rough it while at the same time giving you access to the essentials.

    With no shortage of forest land, the Crescent Lake area provides visitors a number of options when it comes to hiking and sightseeing. Both Deschutes National Forest and Ochoco National Forest are easily accessible. Also, be sure to check out the Newberry Volcanic Monument within just a short drive.


    Hoodoo’s Crescent Lake Resort offers equipment rentals, dining and lodging. So you can rent a cabin and then pick up a kayak, or a canoe, or even an aqua cycle. At night, relax in a nature-inspired restaurant.


    Winters here can be fairly intense; that said, there are a ton of snow-related activities to keep you busy. Snowmobiling is popular in the region, as are skiing and even snowshoeing. Plenty to do for the outdoor winter enthusiast.

  • Winter is a great time to visit for those who enjoy winter sports. The area gets about 180 inches of snow per year, with half of that total coming in December and January.

  • Spring is a bit of a shoulder season where it is too warm for snow sports but far too cool for summer lake activities.

  • Summer is a high point for tourism. Many visitors choose to camp. Daily highs hit the mid-70s in July and August. It is also the dry season with lots of sunshine.

  • Early fall can be a good time to visit. September is just a bit cooler than the peak summer months and still dry.