Lemolo Lake


 The word Lemolo (lamolo) is a Chinook Indian word meaning wild or untamed. Until the 1880s the Lemolo Lake area was inhabited mostly by Native American tribes. In the 1880s white settlers moved into the area and began using the land as grazing area for their sheep. In 1908 the first land use reform was written to regulate the use of the McGowan, Kelsay Valley and Dog Prairie Allotments around Lemolo Lake as grazing sites.

Except for a very small amount of development in the Lemolo Lake area, the lake and its surroundings have remained virtually untouched. The first sign of civilization in the area was the installation of telephone lines between 1909 and 1965. Next was the building of the North Umpqua Road in 1939 which was later replaced by Hwy 138 in 1964. Next came the construction of the Lemolo Hydroelectric Project from 1952-1955. The cabins and only store at Lemolo Lake were built between 1963 and 1984.

Lemolo Lake is well known in Oregon for its Brown Trout. The lake also holds rainbow trout, brook trout and kokanee salmon. The water flow into and from Lemolo Lake is regulated and the lake has become a major reservoir on the North Umpqua River.

Beautiful and serene, Lemolo Lake provides a wonderful setting for camping, fishing and water sports. Whether you are out to catch one of the many trout the lake has to offer, or want to do a little water skiing, Lemolo Lake provides it all. There are three boat ramps, four campgrounds and a resort. The resort offers lodging in one of their four warm and inviting cabins, two townhouses, or their boathouse cabin. Lemolo Lake Resort also offers gas, food, boat rentals and bait. The campgrounds and resort provide amazing views of the surrounding Cascade Mountains including Mt. Theilsen, Mt. Bailey and Cinnamon Butte Lookout. If you want a true outdoor experience Lemolo Lake is a wonderful place to be.


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