Beach Picnic Area

Trailhead in Deschutes National Forest


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This site is located on the shores of Elk Lake and has stunning views of South Sister.  During the summer months it is a popular location to enjoy a sandy beach, swim and picnic.

PLEASE NOTE:  Beach is one of the few recreation sites on the Forest where DOGS ARE NOT ALLOWED because of safety and sanitary issues.  The two primary reasons that dogs are not allowed in the swimming area are sanitation and safety concerns related to the high numbers of people, including young children, who visit the lake.  Sanitation is a concern because no outlet exists for the small lake and water quality becomes an issue, especially later in the season as the water warms.      

If you plan to go to Elk Lake, the Forest Service encourages you to leave your dog at home or visit another lake where dogs are allowed. Suttle Lake, on the Sisters Ranger District, offers four day use areas where dogs are welcomed. 

People may be fined $100 if they bring onto or possess a dog in a swimming area where dogs are prohibited (36 CFR 261.17(k)). 

Recreation Fee Site: Parking at this site requires a recreation pass. Passes are available at this site, but can also be purchased from Forest Service offices or vendors. Please check here for more information about recreation passes and where they can be purchased.

Acceptable passes include:

  • $5 Day Pass
  • Northwest Forest Pass
  • Interagency Annual Pass
  • Interagency Senior Pass (America the Beautiful, Golden Age)
  • Interagency Access Pass
  • Interagency Military Pass
  • Every Kid in a Park Pass
  • Northwest Forest ePass

Additional Information


$5/vehicle/day. Recreation passes are also accepted as payment at this site.


  • Picnicking
  • Swimming