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Veda Lake

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Veda Lake and Veda Butte (Tom Kloster)
The lake's big crawfish can be caught by crafty anglers (cfm)


Two locals packed trout fry into this tiny lake in 1917, and were later honored by a forester who combined the first two letters of their names, Vern and Dave, to name the lake. Today, the lake is still a coveted backcountry fishing spot for those hoping to get away from the crowds at nearby Mirror Lake. The lake also makes a good family destination, with generally easy grades on much of the route. Part of the privacy comes from the notoriously bumpy access road, though this only adds to the adventure for children. A recent grading project has smoothed over some of the worst bumps, but the trip to the Fir Tree Trailhead and Veda Lake Hike is still best attempted with a high clearance vehicle.

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