We have a long list of great things to say about Oregon, so why not tack on one more item? Elk Lake is an ideal summertime, fun-in-the-sun getaway.
At nearly 5,000 feet above sea-level, the lake is part of a volcanic landscape and is perfectly placed between Three Sisters, Broken Top and Mount Bachelor mountain ranges. It’s the paddler’s opportunity to standup for a picturesque tour of mountains blanketed in lush forests, scenic panoramas riddled with unsullied wildlife, and best of all for us, water so pure and clear you’d think it drinkable (don’t be fooled…Giardia is a threat even in Oregon’s most pristine waterways). Hiking trails will lead you to lakes at even higher elevations and don’t forget the fishing gear because Elks Lake is home to brook trout ranging in size from seven to 14 inches.
Accommodations and seasons:
With cabins, full-size homes and campsites available for rent, Elk Lake supplies you with options to create whatever kind of vacation you please. It not only serves as a water getaway, but also hosts numerous live bands and events throughout the summer months. During the winter, most roads to Elk Lake are closed due to snow but the mountains give snowshoeing and hiking a whole new backdrop.
30 Lakes in 30 Days Project:
America is riddled with countless unsung watering holes ideal for your next SUP adventure. To highlight some of our favorite freshwater paddling locales, we’re profiling 30 lakes in 30 days for the entire month of July. We’ll give you the lake’s local rundown, outfitting options in the area and we’ll even tell you where to find the best bite and beer post-paddle. It’s a resource just for you and it’s brought to you by Tahoe SUP.