Crescent Lake – Deschutes National Forest
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Crescent Lake is 4,000 acres in size and 280 feet deep. The lake has a population of Kokanee, rainbow, brown, lake(mackinaw) trout and whitefish. The forest surrounding Crescent Lake is varied with stands of Douglas fir, white fir and lodgepole pine giving the recreationist a choice in selecting a camping or picnicking spot. Activities are water-skiing, boating, sail boating, windsurfing, fishing, swimming and trails. Several developed campgrounds provide sites to campers. Crescent Lake Campground offers 47 camping units with piped water, paved roads, and a paved boat launching ramp. Spring Campground has 68 units, with paved roads, paved boat ramp and piped water. Contorta Point, a small campground, provides an opportunity for more rustic accommodation. White Fish Horse Camp, which was developed for use by those who like to bring their horses, has 19 camping units.
There are also picnic grounds at Tandy Bay, Tranquil Cove, and Simax Beach. All of these areas have tables, fireplaces and toilet facilities. Simax Beach area has large sandy beaches with a gentle slope out into the water.
Crescent Lake Resort provides the forest visitor with comfortable cabins, the opportunity to purchase the food items which were forgotten at home, fishing tackle and boat and motor rentals.
One may circle Crescent Lake by road. However, only that portion paralleling the west shore is paved. The road around the east side is narrow and roadless. Trails leading into nearby Diamond Peak Wilderness and several small lakes to the south provide an opportunity for hiking and riding.