Hosmer Lake

Hosmer Lake is in the Deschutes National Forest and is a natural area with diverse pine forests, wildflowers in the summer and wildlife. In 1962, the lake was named in honor of Paul Hosmer, a long-time resident of Bend and a well-known amateur naturalist. Atlantic salmon were stocked on an experimental basis starting in 1958, and Hosmer is the only lake west of the Mississippi River in which these fish have been planted successfully. Today, all fishing must be done with barbless hooks and Atlantic salmon must be returned to the lake. Brook trout can be kept if caught. There is a boat ramp, small rustic campgrounds and restrooms. This is a great place for a leisurely canoe trip and a summer picnic along the shore. You may see eagles, otters, and other wildlife during an outing.

  • Seasonal access, late May to early October
  • Fee required for parking

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