Little Cultus Lake

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Little Cultus Lake
Cultus Mountain.jpg
Little Cultus Lake
LocationDeschutes County, Oregon
Coordinates43°48′11″N 121°52′23″W / 43.803°N 121.873°W / 43.803; -121.873Coordinates: 43°48′11″N 121°52′23″W / 43.803°N 121.873°W / 43.803; -121.873
Basin countriesUnited States
Max. length1 mi (1.6 km)
Max. width0.25 mi (0.40 km)
Surface area170 acres (69 ha)
Max. depth60 ft (18 m)
Shore length115,275 ft (4,656 m)
Surface elevation4,768 ft (1,453 m)
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

Little Cultus Lake is a natural lake in Deschutes County, Oregon, United States. Near its larger and more popular twin Cultus Lake to the north on the other side of Cultus Mountain, it is located in the Deschutes National Forest in the Cascade Range. Like Cultus Lake, it is named after the Chinook Jargon word "cultus", meaning "in vain" or "worthless".[1]


Little Cultus Lake is located a little more than 2 miles (3.2 km) directly south of Cultus Lake, and 50 miles (80 km) southwest of Bend. It is located off of the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway, which winds through the terrain featuring similar natural lakes.


Little Cultus Lake is known for its fishing of Rainbow trout and brook trout, the latter of which was stocked by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife until in 1997.[2] Fly fishing, bank fishing, and trolling are the most common fishing methods on the lake.[3] Since the brook trout are no longer stocked, they are a bit more rare than the rainbows. They are usually 8 to 12 inches (20 to 30 cm) but are occasionally as long as 16 inches (41 cm).[4][5]

Little Cultus Lake has a campground with 31 campsites, as well as a paved boat launch. It is located toward the southeast side of the lake.[6]

To aid the fishing experience, Little Cultus Lake has a speed limit of 10 miles per hour (16 kilometres per hour). This also makes fishing in the lake available to people in kayaks or float tubes.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ " Definitions for Cultus". Retrieved 13 September 2011.
  2. ^ Hill, Geoff; Snavely, Brooke; Wing, Raven (1998). Fishing Central Oregon (Third ed.). Bend, Oregon: Sun Publishing.
  3. ^ "Central Oregon - Little Cultus Lake". Bend, Oregon: Deschutes National Forest. Retrieved 13 September 2011.
  4. ^ a b "Little Cultus Lake Deschutes County". GoFISHn. Retrieved 13 September 2011.
  5. ^ Schuhmann, Craig (2007). Oregon Fishing: The Complete Guide to Fishing on Lakes, Streams, Rivers, and the Ocean by Craig Schuhmann. Perseus Book Group and Avalon Travel.
  6. ^ "Little Cultus Campground". Bend, Oregon: Deschutes National Forest. Retrieved 13 September 2011.