ACCESS NOTE: ROUGH ROAD. ACCESS ONLY AFTER SNOW MELT. (Mid June - Mid October).
Olallie Lake is one of Oregon's cleanest lakes and snow melt is its main source of water. Olallie Lake is the Headwater for the Clackamas River. The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail passes nearby.
While only 40 miles from Portland, there are few signs of civilization in the area around the lake. Known as the Olallie Lake Scenic Area, no motor boating is allowed, but all sorts of man powered craft are allowed.
The lake may be reached from Portland via Oregon State Highway 224 through the Mount Hood National Forest, (Slow but Scenic), or via Highway 22 out of Salem, (Also a scenic Route, but less of it).
Photography, Birding, Camping, Hiking and Fishing are the major activities in the area. Leashed pets are allowed. The lake is stocked by the ODFW with trout.
For Birders, the wet meadow, (bog), attracts unique species; Sandhill Crane, Solitary Sandpiper, Willow Fly-catcher, plus Lincoln's Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Wilson's Snipe, Common Yellow-throat and the Song Sparrow. Other species common to the conifer forest include; Black-backed and Three-toed Woodpecker Cassin's Finch, Chipping Sparrow, Western Tanager and Hermit, Townsend’s and Yellow-rumped Warblers.