Little Lava Lake is by far my favorite childhood lake. I have memories of hiking a primitive lake loop to a volcanic rock cropping, where we caught our limit of rainbow trout. Little Lava is fed by a subsurface spring that sources the Deschutes River. The lake covers 138 acres and has an average depth of 8 feet, motors are prohibited. Little Lava Campground has 13 campsites, 2 group tent sites, and a boat ramp. The lake is stocked with rainbow and brook trout, bring your tube and cast a line!
Adjacent Lava Lake offers a small resort store and boat rentals as well as campground. Several hiking and horse trails start from the Lava lakes area.
The Lava Lakes are also the site of a grizzly triple murder of three fur trappers in the 1920’s. You can read more about that story here: https://deschutespioneers.wordpress.com/tag/lava-lake-murders/