Boating - Non-Motorized

POI in Deschutes National Forest


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This is one of the most productive wildlife areas in central Oregon. Add a superb view of Cascade peaks at no charge and you have a truly special place to visit. The lake's water level may fluctuate significantly from year to year with a corresponding reduction in animal habitat.

Davis Lake is one of the most popular fly fishing only lakes in the Pacific Northwest, producing abundant trophy size rainbow trout. Rainbow trout here are common in the 2-5 lb range during periods of wet years. Largemouth bass were illegally introduced in 1995 and seem to be thriving.

NOTE: Due to damage caused by the Davis Fire, East and West Davis Campgrounds are closed. If you visit this are be sure to watch for other closure information due to the fire.

Caution: Road access to the lake's northeast shore and Lava Campground is closed in spring and early summer to protect vulnerable wildlife. The entire area is inaccessible in winter due to snow.

Motorized and non-motorized boats are allowed on this body of water. 


There are boat launches at East Davis and Lava Flow areas. Contact the Crescent Ranger District (541-541-433-3200) for more information. There is a primitive boat launch at West Davis Day use area.