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High Lakes Loop
The Newberry National Monument is located in the town of La Pine. It is just 5 miles north of the Chamber office on Hwy 97.Turn Left (east) and travel up into the crater to enjoy the world’s largest obsidian flow, Paulina Lake and resort and the wonderful little East Lake resort. Both Lakes feature camping, a store,restaurant, boats, fishing, and camping or cabins to rent. Paulina is open for the winter, too and you can go into the resort on a snowmobile! This is the one thing in La Pine you do not want to miss! For information about any of the Lava Lands destinations call the Newberry National Monument Hotline number at 541-383-5700.
Inside the Caldera: Paulina Creek Water slides. Go on Paulina Lake road to McKay Campground (McKay Crossing Campground) then take the 1 1/2 mile trail to the waterslides.
To get to the Hot Springs go to the far end of Little Crater Campground on Paulina Lake and hike on the lakeshore trail approximately 1 mile. You will see the little hot spring pools that people have made through the years.
Rosland Campground is located 1⁄4 mile past the Little Deschutes River on Burgess Road (Wickiup turn off from Hwy 97) This little gem is owned by La Pine Park and Recreation and features a day use area with access to the river, camping, a pavilion, and small playground.
You can float from Leona Park down to Rosland in 3-4 hours. A wonderful way to get some time for yourself.
La Pine area setting for your convenience. Carts and pro shop, Lunch café and all of the amenities are available at this Public Course. Go north on HWY 97. Turn left at RV resort and follow signs that say golf course this way!
La Pine State Park, a beautiful State Park with camping and visitor amenities including hiking, access to the Big Deschutes and the Big Tree, is a local favorite for weddings and gatherings. Go north on Hwy 97 to State Rec road and turn left. The park is at the end of the road. There is fishing and water sports in the Big Deschutes River and all kinds of outdoor activities available all year round. 541-536-2428 is where you can reserve a camping spot or ask questions.
South Twin Lake/North Twin Lake – Take Huntington Road through town, north to Burgess. Turn left and follow the road, past Wild River and Pringle Falls to South Century Drive. Turn left 4 miles and left again to the resort. Boats, fishing, camping, cabins, great food and all of the fun a person could want at a local lake are available to all visitors.
The other High lakes – Crane Prairie, Wickiup, Cultis, Hosmer, Davis, Lava, and many others are easily accessible from Cascade Lakes Highway.
Crescent Lake Lodge – located on Hwy 58 right (west) after the cutoff road from Crescent (17 miles south of La Pine off of Hwy 97) joins the Hwy, you will find great food, a pristine lake, camping, fishing nature trails and all kinds of resort amenities in the tiny town.
Gilchrist/Crescent – two tiny towns connected by their relationship with what was the old mill town of Gilchrist (Now Interfor). It is located 17mile south of La Pine on Hwy 97 and boasts a historic mall, a beautiful old theater and an amazing motel lodge.
Salt Creek Falls – located on Hwy 58; Salt Creek Falls is a waterfall on Salt Creek, a tributary of the Middle Fork of the Willamette River, located near Oakridge, Oregon in the Willamette National Forest. It is about 286 feet tall and is the second highest waterfall in Oregon. Watch for signs as you approach Oak Ridge Oregon.
A short drive east on Hwy 31 reveals the high desert and all of the geological changes you can imagine. Rock hunting, sight-seeing, day hiking (watch out for snakes) are ready for you to enjoy. See The Devil’s Garden, Crack-in-the-ground, and Hole-in-the-ground. Drive a little further until you reach Silver Lake.
Fort Rock Located north of Hwy 31 east of La Pine about 30 miles, like a desert mirage, this National Natural Landmark rises huge out of the barren, immense flatness of Oregon’s high desert. An enormous near-circle of towering jagged rock walls making it seem like a fort. Hike around and you’ll soon realize it’s even bigger than it looks! It’s an old tuff ring set in what was a shallow sea in prehistoric times. As you walk around inside, imagine the early American Indians who canoed to and from what was then an island. Sandals found in a nearby cave are the oldest ever discovered in North America, dating back around 9,000-13,000 years. The nearby town has a restaurant and several amenities for visitors. Fort Rock also has an old museum to poke around in.
Silver Lake is the home of the famous Cowboy Dinner Tree. Call for reservations and get ready to put on the feed bag 541-576-2426. Located 4 miles south of the Town of Silver Lake, it is a pristine experience in old- fashioned western hospitality. It is a cook shack using no electricity, and they also offer rustic cabin rentals and dry camping for their guests to the area. It has amazing food and amazing views!
Silver Lake also has a little bar where they serve top shelf liquors on demand!
Paisley is located in an up-thrust of new geological mountain and it offers the Chewaucan River, great fishing, hiking, and the annual Mosquito Festival every July.
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