Little Lava Lake & Deschutes River

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:

Kayakers on Lave Lake
Kayakers on Little Lava lake in September.
Fall colors over Little Lava Lake
Headwaters of The Deschutes River
The headwaters of the Deschutes River
The Deschutes River, flowing out of Little Lava Lake

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