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Scout Lake

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

The view of Park Butte over Scout Lake (romann)
Mt. Jefferson over Scout Lake (romann)


Scout Lake is one of several scenic lakes in Jefferson Park. It is quite deep and has great sandy shores, which makes it a good swimming destination in hot weather. The lake has several nice campsites around it. It's very popular destination so camping is permitted only in designated sites marked with an embedded post. Campfires are banned throughout the area but stoves are OK. Due to high elevation and ample snowfall Scout Lake doesn't usually thaw until the end of June at the earliest, and is ice-free no earlier than the middle of July. There's nice view to Park Butte from its southern shore and even better view of Mount Jefferson from its northern shore.

See this map for Forest Service-approved campsites and trails in Jefferson Park



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