December 3, 2014
HEMLOCK LAKE & LAKE IN THE WOODS & Umpqua High Lakes: trout
Most of the Umpqua’s high lakes are off of roads that are not plowed during the winter. Contact the Forest Service at 541-496-3532 for road conditions.
Hemlock Lake is another man made reservoir located in beautiful southern Oregon and the Umpqua National Forest. It covers a 28 acre area and is 33 feet deep at its deepest point. It is one of the most quiet and peaceful lakes of southern Oregon. Surrounded by various species of fir trees and wildflowers, Hemlock Lake is well off the beaten path.
Hemlock Lake, like many other lakes in southwest Oregon, is stocked by the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife. This lake provides great fishing for rainbow trout. The best fishing is in the middle of the lake if you have a canoe, pontoon, float tube, or small boat with an electric motor. No gas motors are allowed on the lake which keeps it very quiet.
There is a small picnic area near the boat ramp on the east arm of the lake and a beautiful secluded camp ground on the west side of the lake. The campground is equipped with vault toilets and does not provide hookups. There are several trails in the area and it provides many BLM roads to drive and explore along with Quartz Mountain just a few minutes’ drive away. If you are looking to spend some time away from all the hustle and bustle of the modern world this is the place to do it.