East Lake Resort, Oregon (a break from camping)


    East Lake Resort was a treat and respite from early season camping       



Normally, car camping or a tent trailer are the base camp. I hesitated to break out the camping gear as I thought there would be residual snow at East Lake for this late June trip. It actually would not have been a problem. But, instead I booked a room for two nights and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The beds are soft with plenty of blankets/quilts. Bring a pillow or two if you want but even the pillows were adequate. The Rainbow Room is attached to three other similar rooms. The walls are thin, so you do hear your neighbors and they will hear you. This four unit portion is a social experience..so know that. It worked for us as we met great people. If you want more privacy you pay more and get more too. The gift shop is nice. The restaurant was nice. The food was good and what you would expect pricing wise ($$$). The waitresses were cute and sociable (Tony liked that). The store is stocked with basics and ice cream!! The gentleman behind the counter is very helpful with places to fish and landmarks to position yourself. When we were there, you could literally fish straight out from the resort and catch nice fish (see previous post re Dr. Mike Miller and CJ Miller). Boat rentals are available. This was a nice break from camping. I do enjoy getting a good spot at East Lake Campground and it is close to ‘the zone’. If you stay at the resort and want to drive over to the Hot Springs launch or East Lake Campground, you are suppose to have a parking permit. You buy this as you stop at the kiosk down below. I believe it was $10. for the weekend for us. If the kiosk is closed then there use to be a self pay box nearby….not sure if that works still. Not sure if you can buy a parking permit from camp host at campground(s). Anyway, you can register on line for the East Lake Resort and enjoy the stay. If you must stay connected they have a wi-fi connection for a nominal fee.    


2 Responses to “East Lake Resort, Oregon (a break from camping)”

  1. 1 swittersb
    June 28, 2008 at 12:58

    Hello Mike…Your recollections of those fish will live on for years. I have received more compliments on your picture. Your joy is so contagious. Any flyfisher would immediately ‘feel’ your happiness. I bet that lake will really turn on by the end of July or first part of August. A little behind, but last year I had amazing experiences there the end of July into August. You paid your dues with those finger numbing mornings. Thanks for checking in. Stay cool. Gary


  2. 2 Michael
    June 28, 2008 at 11:48

    Gary — you are amazing. Is this all you do is think and write about fly fishing? I am so envious! Thanks for all the great links. I am sitting here trying to catch up on paperwork at the office and I can’t stop thinking about where I will fish next. A sign of addiction… but who wouldn’t be after those fish on East Lake last weekend.


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