Odell Lake (Oregon)

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Odell Lake
Odell Lake at dawn by Gary Leaming (8272124999).jpg
The lake at sunrise
Location Klamath County, Oregon
Coordinates 43°34′22″N 121°59′54″W / 43.57278°N 121.99833°W / 43.57278; -121.99833Coordinates: 43°34′22″N 121°59′54″W / 43.57278°N 121.99833°W / 43.57278; -121.99833
Type natural lake without dam
Primary inflows Trapper Creek
Primary outflows Odell Creek
Catchment area 37 sq mi (96 km2)[1]
Basin countries United States
Max. length 6 mi (9.7 km)
Max. width 1.5 mi (2.4 km)
Surface area 3,582 acres (1,450 ha)[1]
Average depth 132 ft (40 m)[1]
Max. depth 282 ft (86 m)[1]
Water volume 473,900 acre⋅ft (0.5845 km3)
Residence time 8 years[1]
Shore length1 13.3 mi (21.4 km)[1]
Surface elevation 4,787 ft (1,459 m)[1]
References [1]
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

Odell Lake is located near Willamette Pass in the northwest corner of Klamath County, Oregon, United States. It is one of several lakes in the Cascade Range in Central Oregon, and lies within the Deschutes National Forest. It was named for Oregon Surveyor General William Holman Odell by Byron J. Pengra, in July 1865, while they were making a preliminary survey for the Oregon Central Military Road, which would later become Oregon Route 58.[2] The lake fills a basin carved by a glacier, and the resulting terminal moraine confines the water along the lake's southeast shore.[2]


The populated place of Odell Lake, Oregon, is on the lake's southeast end at 43°32′56″N 121°57′53″W / 43.549013°N 121.964752°W / 43.549013; -121.964752 and was once a station on the Southern Pacific Railroad's Cascade Line between Crescent Lake station and Cascade Summit.[2][3][4] The place was also known as Odell Lake Resort, and today is the site of Odell Lake Lodge.[3] The historic lodge building was constructed in 1903.[5]


Odell Lake offers recreational opportunities similar to nearby Crescent Lake, which is 4 miles (6.4 km) to the south. There are several developed campgrounds around Odell Lake, as well as boat ramps that allow for sailing, wind surfing, water skiing and fishing. The last two state record lake trout (mackinaw) were caught in Odell Lake; the most recent being a 40 lb 8 oz (18.4 kg) lake trout caught in 1984.[6][7] Fish species found in the lake include:

A satellite image showing Odell Lake (top right) northeast of Diamond Peak

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Johnson, Daniel M. (1985). Atlas of Oregon Lakes. Corvallis, Oregon: Oregon State University Press. ISBN 0-87071-342-6. 
  2. ^ a b c McArthur, Lewis A.; McArthur, Lewis L. (2003) [1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (7th ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. p. 718. ISBN 978-0875952772. 
  3. ^ a b "Odell Lake". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. November 28, 1980. Retrieved 2011-01-17. 
  4. ^ McArthur, Lewis L.; Cynthia B. Gardiner (1996). The Railroad Stations of Oregon. Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. p. 71. ISBN 0-295-98332-9. 
  5. ^ "About Odell Lake Lodge & Resort". Odell Lake Lodge & Resort. Retrieved 2011-01-17. 
  6. ^ Oregon Cold Water Game Fish Records
  7. ^ a b "Deschutes & Ochoco National Forests - Recreational Activities - Fishing - Lakes and Reservoirs - Odell Lake." Deschutes & Ochoco National Forests 1 June 2008. Retrieved 1 June 2008

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