Lake Billy Chinook sits at the confluence of the Deschutes, Crooked and Metolius Rivers. It lies within a canyon that was carved by the three rivers around 11 million years ago.
The 1,600 hectare lake is a popular spot for water skiing, jet skiing, sailing and boating. Many visitors also come for the excellent sockeye salmon, brown trout and smallmouth bass fishing.
The Cove Palisades State Park surrounds the lake, which features two full-service campgrounds, hiking trails, picnic areas and watercraft rentals. There are also cabins and a marina that provides access to the lake.
13. Odell Lake; Klamath County
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Odell Lake is surrounded by the Deschutes National Forest and boasts spectacular views of the Cascade Mountains. People often pass it while travelling along the Willamette Pass, making a stop to enjoy its beauty.
Fishing is massive here, as it holds state records for lake trout. Other species in the lake include kokanee salmon, whitefish and rainbow trout.
There are three well-developed campgrounds around the lake’s 21 kilometre shoreline that offer sailing, water skiing and windsurfing. There are also boat ramps that can be used for both motorised and non-motorised boats.
14. Upper Klamath Lake; Klamath County