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Hosmer Lake

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Deschutes National Forest - Bend-Fort Rock Ranger District
63095 Deschutes Market Road
Bend, OR 97701

160 acres / .3 sq. miles
Max. Depth:
12 feet
4966 feet


Hosmer is a "fly fishing only” lake well known for its breath taking viewsof Mt. Bachelor, South Sisters, Broken top, wildlife viewing and the big Atlantic salmon, brook trout and rainbows that are quite visible in this shallow clear lake. John Huber (1998 compares Hosmer Lake to a spring creek because many of the fish are easy to see, giving you a clear view of one denial after another. At Hosmer Lake, the Atlantic salmon average 16 inches (largest in the 22 inch range) and brook trout average 14 inches. Hosmer Lake is also a very popular lake for canoeists because of the beautiful surroundings, the abundant wildlife, waterfowl and easily seen large fish swimming around.

Hosmer Lake is located on the Deschutes National Forest, just East of Elk Lake on the North end of Cascade Lakes Highway, about 39 miles from Bend. Hosmer Lake has two major pools connected by a channel about a mile long. The lake has a rich and abundant aquatic life.

Hosmer Lake was originally named Mud Lake because a large population of introduced carp stirred up the fine pumice and detritus bottom causing muddy water. In 1965, the name was changed to honor Paul Hosmer, a long-time resident of Bend and well-known amateur naturalist (ODFW, 1996).


Atlantic Salmon
Brook Trout
Fishing Methods:
Fly Fishing


160 acres / .3 sq. miles
Max. Depth:
12 feet
Water Access:
South Campground has a paved boat ramp. One other access primarily for float tubes and canoes is at the Mallard Marsh Campground off a trail between campsites 14 and 15.
Camping Info
South Campground and Mallard Marsh Campground
Additional Details:

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife currently manages Hosmer Lake for hatchery produced Atlantic salmon consistent with the Featured Species Fish Management Alternative for trout. They plan to discontinue the stocking of brook trout. Hosmer Lake will switch to hatchery produced rainbow trout consistent with the Featured Species Fish Management Alternative for trout if the Atlantic salmon egg take ever fails.


Map + Directions

Basic Directions

From Bend the most scenic route is to take Century Drive (FS Road 46) to about mile post 35 and then turn left onto 4625 (Elk Lake/Hosmer Lake sign).

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