Bear Lake (Indian Heaven) Campsites

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Bear Lake (Indian Heaven) Campsites

Post by teachpdx » September 30th, 2020, 6:17 am

The Field Guide mentions campsites on the east peninsula at Bear Lake; however, the two sites have been posted as day use only. It looks to be relatively recent signage.

There are still a couple of large campsites on the south and west shores, and a smaller site on the north shore.
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Re: Bear Lake (Indian Heaven) Campsites

Post by bobcat » September 30th, 2020, 8:11 am

Many thanks. Duly updated!

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Re: Bear Lake (Indian Heaven) Campsites

Post by poppacouch » September 30th, 2020, 4:19 pm

Funny. I was just there overnight. Need/want any pics of campsites/lake?

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Re: Bear Lake (Indian Heaven) Campsites

Post by bobcat » October 2nd, 2020, 8:03 pm

We could maybe use a photo of a campsite. You can post it here (and tell me where it is situated in ration to the lake).

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Re: Bear Lake (Indian Heaven) Campsites

Post by poppacouch » October 5th, 2020, 8:16 am

We used this fairly large campsite on the north-west side of the lake, just off the trail that leads to Elk Lake.

46.01964, -121.79119
Elevation: 4,754 ft
Bear Lake NorthWest campsite.jpg
Bear Lake NW campsite
Bear Lake NorthWest LakeShore Sunset.jpg
Bear Lake NW shore sunset
Another big camp site along the west side of the southern most point, but the the trail that leads around Bear and to Elk Lake cuts right through this site, so might see some traffic.

46.01851, -121.78983
Elevation: 4,756 ft

Seemed to be a viable campsite on the peninsula on the southeast side, but I didn't make it over to check it out.

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Re: Bear Lake (Indian Heaven) Campsites

Post by teachpdx » October 5th, 2020, 8:26 am

poppacouch wrote:
October 5th, 2020, 8:16 am
Seemed to be a viable campsite on the peninsula on the southeast side, but I didn't make it over to check it out.
This would make a great spot (and did in the past); however, this is the one that was recently posted as day use only.

The site you occupied is the best one on the lake, especially for a larger group. As you mentioned, the south side one does have the main trail going right through it. The one on the north side of the lake requires walking along the shoreline, and can only accommodate two tents. But it's much more private/secluded, so it's my recommended spot for a small group.

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Re: Bear Lake (Indian Heaven) Campsites

Post by bobcat » October 6th, 2020, 7:44 am

Thanks to both of you. I've substituted in poppacouch's photos and updated campsite locations.

https://www.oregonhikers.org/field_guid ... an_Heaven)

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