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Lake of the Woods: Relaxation in the Cascades

All is quiet the day after Labor Day at a Lake of the Woods beach.

Mount McLoughlin dominates the Cascade Range during our kayak cruise. A bald eagle watched us at one end of the lake.

Lake of the Woods is the crown jewel of lakes in the southern Cascade Mountain Range within an hour or so drive of Ashland, Oregon.

At 4,949 feet elevation, the natural lake offers relief from summer heat with swimming, boating, fishing and other fun managed by the Lake of the Woods Resort.

We hitched up the trailer on Labor Day and headed for Aspen camp, one of two National Forest Campgrounds on the lake.

The resort was a short walk away from our quiet, deserted campground. We resisted the restaurant but found firewood at the camp store.

The lake's level fluctuates just two feet during a normal year and water temperatures warm to the 70s at the surface. Brook and rainbow trout as well as Kokanee salmon swim in its waters.

Fish Lake was our destination on a nearly seven-mile stroll from North Fork Campground, just a short drive away. We found a greasy spoon cafe that fit the bill perfectly.

Brown Mountain is a backdrop for Reg's stroll.

Fall was in the air as nighttime temperatures dropped into the 30s.

The trail from North Fork campground to Fish Lake follows the North Fork Little Butte Creek.

A boardwalk keeps Trekkers dry during the wet spring months.

 

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Fish Lake Resort reels us in

 

It was a beautiful spring day – a perfect day to take a short drive up into the Southern Cascades. We had plans for lunch at one of our favorite lakeside cafes, but…just our luck… it was closed for spring cleaning and general maintenance.

Disappointed, we continued on a few miles more until we spotted a roadside sign announcing “Cafe Open” and directing us to neighboring Fish Lake.

At Fish Lake Resort we found a general store, cafe, dock and campground, all nestled beside the beautiful Fish Lake.

Patches of snow still dotted the grounds, discouraging campers, but the cafe was filled with a friendly bunch of day trippers, so we grabbed a table and joined the crowd.

A couple of fishermen float past, hoping to catch a prize.

Fish Lake is surrounded by tall pines and mountain peaks.

Although there was plenty of seating at the lunch counter, the tables were filled, keeping these three women busy through the lunch hour.

 

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