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Cultus Lake

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813 S.W. Hwy, 97
Madras, OR 97741
Basics
Size:
792 acres / 1.2 sq. miles
Max. Depth:
211 feet
Elevation:
4668 feet
Season:
May/June; September/October

Description

Cultus Lake is a popular lake in a beautiful setting and is wellknown for producing trophy size lake trout (mackinaw). Many lake trout in the 10 lb. range are taken each season. A 17.5 lb. lake trout was weighed in at Cultus Lake Resort in 1996. In addition stocked rainbow including larger holdovers and an occasional brook trout are caught near the mouth of Winopee Creek.

Cultus Lake is a natural glacier-formed lake located on the Deschutes National Forest off of Century Drive approximately 48 miles southwest of Bend. It lies at the base of the North of Cultus Mountain. Cultus is a recreational lake and is also popular for water skiing, sailing, jet skiing and boating.

Tour Companies

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Fishing

Fish:
Brook Trout
Lake Trout (Mackinaw)
Rainbow Trout
Whitefish
Fishing Methods:
Bait,Lures,Flies

Details

Size:
792 acres / 1.2 sq. miles
Max. Depth:
211 feet
Elevation:
4668
Season:
May/June; September/October
Water Access:
There is a good boat launch at Cultus Lake Campground. Cultus Lake Resort has a boat launch but it is limited to their customers.
Camping Info
Cultus Lake Campground, Cultus North Shore Campground, and West Cultus Campground
Additional Details:

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife currently manages rainbow trout and brook trout at Cultus Lake for natural and hatchery production consistent with the Basic Yield Species Fish Management Alternative for trout. Mountain Whitefish and lake trout are managed for natural production consistent with the Featured Species Fish Management Alternative for trout.

Bait/Lure Fishing Methods : Rainbow trout anglers often fish the southwest corner of the lake using power bait or worms. Also working the shelves along the northwest shoreline could be productive. Lake trout anglers often troll flashers with flatfish or plug type lures near drop-offs.

During the first few weeks after ice-out it is possible to catch lake trout in the shallows with dragonfly or leech patterns.

Amenities

Map + Directions

Basic Directions

From Bend the most scenic route is to take Century Drive (FS Road 46) to the Cultus Lake turn off.


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