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Waldo Lake in Oregon

Trip Overview

Waldo is the 3rd purest lake in the world. Fantastic color (I'll try to upload some pics)

As of 5/1/13 it is totally non motorized ! It's pretty big water, 6m x 3m , and right at the top of the cascades so the downside:

1) winds by noon
2) Alaska-level mosquitos until mid August ... at least, heavy snowpack years, wait 'til the first HARD freeze, really! One year we just got back in the car without launching.


3 launches, 2 campgrounds also some very limited 'dispersed' wilderness camping (pack it in/out of course), N side off limits to dispersed camping.


Forest Service TH pass to park cars, check with FS on campground fees


I-5 to Hwy 58 exit (just S. of Eugene), then ~50 miles East to Waldo Lake turn off.

  • Duration: 2-3 Day Trip
  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking, Canoeing
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Water Type: Flat/Sheltered Water
  • Group Rates: No

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