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East Lake, La Pine

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East Lake is one of the twin lakes that occupy part of the Newberry Crater or caldera in Central Oregon, United States. It is located in the Deschutes National Forest near the city of La Pine. The caldera was formed over 500,000 years ago from volcanic eruptions. East Lake's water comes from snow melt, rain fall, and hot springs only. The average depth is 67ft, 180ft at the deepest point, and covers 1044acre. East Lake is about 50ft higher in elevation and is to the east of its twin, Paulina Lake.East Lake has two main camping grounds along the lake shore as well as East Lake Resort. The resort has cabins and boats for rent as well as a general store. The lake offers fishing for brown trout and rainbow trout. The lake is stocked with sockeye salmon (Kokanee) and Atlantic salmon.
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  • This is my favorite lake in the surrounding La Pine area. It is so peaceful, beautiful setting, and great fishing!  more »
  • Waterfalls, 2 lakes, black glass obsidion, best drivable view on Oregon, hot springs, just to name some highlights. What more do ya want?  more »
  • One of my favorite lakes in Central Oregon for fishing. Great catch and release lake for Rainbows and Brown trout. If you're going to keep fish try the Kokanee instead.  more »
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  • Great lake for fishing, kayaking, paddleboarding and superb camping. Early season can be hampered by snow due to the high elevation (6000ft). Tasty food at the resort. Two campgrounds (non electrical/hookup) and a full hookup RV park plus cabins you can rent at the East Lake Resort. There are even natural hot springs. Scenery/Views and stargazing are unbeatable.
  • East Lake is an awesome lake for kids to swim and fish in. We went to the farthest camp/day use area. It has a nice shoreline (small rocks/pebbles - not sand) and the water had a gradual slope so it was fun for the kids to play and splash around in. Also caught fish (trout) from the same area we were playing - it was easy, power bait and cast out far. Very good lake!
  • We visited this lake on Labor day, on the Northeast shoreline near the end of the road. The beach was small pebbles and the water was shallow and calm - great for the kids to play in. It wasn't crowded at all. We stayed for a couple hours and had a great time.
  • Great place to camp. We come every year.
  • Drove here on a bright sunny Tuesday in July. There were some campers and boats around the area. Although this lake is not as big as it's neighbor Paulina Lake it is still worth seeing. The water is clear and blue and still pretty cool. The beaches were clean and the facilities well maintained. Nice place to visit in the summer.
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