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Enjoying Diamond Lake in the Oregon Cascades

Our two-week Oregon vacation was fantastic, making us wish to someday see more of this most scenic of states in the beautiful northwest.

Diamond Lake in Oregon

Diamond Lake in Oregon

Diamond Lake

This stunning lake situated high up in the Cascade Mountains was a pleasant discovery for us on a vacation trip in Oregon many years ago. Enjoying the portion of a day that we spent there, my mother, niece, and I determined that Diamond Lake would be a great destination spot for vacation entertainment in all seasons.

Often as we traveled, we would make our "wish list" of places that would be fun to go back to and spend more time. Diamond Lake made this list!

While it was new to us, many people knew of its location and amenities. Whether coming from the nearby areas or traveling some distance to get there, Diamond Lake had many people of all ages the day of our visit.

Diamond Lake scenery

Diamond Lake scenery

The Cascades

When traveling in the Pacific Northwest of the United States, the Cascade Mountains feature prominently in the surrounding landscapes. They are commonly known as "the Cascades," and they span territories from northern California to southern British Columbia in Canada.

Some of the mountains contain active volcanoes which have erupted in the past (Mt. St. Helens being the most recent). Others are being watched and closely monitored even today for possible future eruptions. Many show no activity and are enjoyable for their beauty.

We had recently viewed Mt. Hood from Timberline Lodge and were on our way to see Crater Lake National Park. Crater Lake formed when Mt. Mazama had explosively blown its mountainous top off around 11,000 years earlier. A caldera had gradually filled with rainwater and melted snow creating this extra-ordinary deep blue reflective lake as seen there today.

There are numerous named mountains in the Cascades, Mt. Hood being the highest of them in Oregon. For top height honors in all of the Cascades, Mt. Rainier in the State of Washington wins that designation.

Being in a mountainous country, needless-to-say, there are countless streams, rivers, lakes, waterfalls, and many forested areas that delight the senses. Wildlife abounds and, for the most part, co-exists with humans in a compatible manner.

Getting to Diamond Lake, we had been driving through some of this gorgeous scenery, and around each bend of the road, something new and equally stunning presented itself.

Diamond Lake Resort

Our destination for the night was the Crater Lake Lodge. As it was only about 20 miles from this resort on Diamond Lake, we decided to relax and enjoy ourselves at this beautiful location for a while. For people staying at the Diamond Lake Resort, they had this fabulous lake and playground readily available.

We found out that the Diamond Lake Resort offers year-round recreation for winter sports enthusiasts plus summer enjoyment and all of it is easily accessible.

Accommodations including cabins with fireplaces, several restaurants, campgrounds, and picnic areas are lakeside or nearby. Horses and bicycles are available to rent as well as watercraft of all types and fishing gear.

If a person wishes to snowmobile, swim, hike or sunbathe and daydream, that and more can be done in this glorious locale depending upon the season. There is something to tempt almost everyone who comes here.

Paddle Boating

The day was bright and sunny, and the water was inviting. Had we been staying there, Diamond Lake would have seen us swimming in it.

My mother, niece, and I did the next best thing and rented a paddle boat which took us out onto the lake, affording us views further from the shoreline. Oh, the views were magnificent! Mount Thielsen was in view, rising above the forested areas.
We paddled about for some time, just enjoying the fresh air and sunshine and the rippling waves of Diamond Lake's clear blue water.

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According to literature, this lake covering about 3,000 acres, was formed by glacial action around 10,000 years ago. The elevation of the lake is about one mile above sea level.

Enjoying Diamond Lake in the Oregon Cascades was a delightful interlude during our summer vacation of many years ago, but one not easily forgotten!

Location of Diamond Lake in Oregon


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2010 Peggy Woods

Comments are most welcome!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 14, 2021:

Hi Devika,

Diamond Lake is a beauty! I am happy to be able to share information about it with you and others. It would be a lovely place to spend some vacation time.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 14, 2021:

Peggy your interesting information fascinates me and such a place sounds a lovely getaway. I like it!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 14, 2021:

Hi Sandra,

Diamond Lake is indeed a gem for a vacation spot. The amenities for people staying there are great. It is a beautiful area!

Sandra on March 13, 2021:

Diamond Lake appears to be another "gem" on one of your travels.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 13, 2013:

Hi Margaret,

I would also enjoy going back out there and spending more time in the Cascades. Perhaps someday....? Thanks for your comment and votes. :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 13, 2013:

Hi Au fait,

So happy to know that you enjoyed this hub about Diamond Lake in Oregon. It would be a great vacation destination. Thanks for the votes and shares. :)

Margaret Perrottet from San Antonio, FL on June 13, 2013:

Looks like a great place to visit. If I get back out to that area, I'd love to spend some time in the Cascades. Voted up, useful and interesting.

C E Clark from North Texas on June 12, 2013:

I seemed to have missed this article previously. Usually I do a search and find on your hubs anymore to see if I've read it before and how long ago.;) Every once in a while I discover one I haven't read before -- I guess that's because you have so many and my memory, well, I just have too much going on all the time to remember everything.

The photos here are beautiful as always and make it look so inviting. My daughter has been to Oregon and loved it, but Oregon is one of the dozen states I have never visited. No reason except I just didn't make it there for who knows what reason.

Great videos and lots of good information for people trying to decide where to vacation and what to do. Gave you another 5 stars (at least I remembered to tell you!).

You are one of my favorite writers because you do such a great job and write about such interesting things. Voting you up, useful, interesting, and BA. Sharing and pinning, too!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 04, 2012:

Hi vespawoolf,

Lucky friends of yours to be living near Mount Hood in the gorgeous state of Oregon! Nice to know that you liked this look at the pretty Diamond Lake. I would also enjoy staying in a cabin in that area for a nice vacation sometime. Appreciate your comment.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on December 04, 2012:

This sounds like a great destination for those who enjoy outdoor activities. We have friends who grew up near Mt. Hood and I always marveled at their beautiful photos of the area. I'd definitely enjoy staying in a cabin. Thank you for such a nice series of hub on vacation destinations. The videos are a nice touch, too!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 03, 2011:

Hi Gail,

This part of the country is so beautiful! We enjoyed the part of the day that we spent enjoying Diamond Lake and then we went on to see Crater Lake National Park which is a breathtakingly beautiful lake. Thanks for your comment and votes.

Gail Sobotkin from South Carolina on December 03, 2011:

Beautiful hub about a beautiful lake and I also learned a lot of information about the Cascade Mountains. Also enjoyed the videos and photos. Thanks for sharing this. Voted up except for funny.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 01, 2011:

Hi Billy,

I only wish we had the same kind of beauty around San Antonio such as exists at Diamond Lake in the Oregon Cascades. Assuredly there IS beauty...but of a different type entirely. At least the topography is a little bit more varied around San Antonio than our very flat Houston. The drought this year is really serious!

billyaustindillon on June 30, 2011:

Peggy was checking back to see on other Oregon hubs - reminded me of the Cascades around San Antonio - the drought hasn't helped.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 16, 2010:

Hello Greatlife,

Glad that you enjoyed looking at Diamond Lake in the Oregon Cascades. Having a lake 3km's away from your home and enjoying camping makes it a "greatlife" indeed!

Greatlife on July 16, 2010:

Thanks for a scenic trip to Diamond lake. You make life so beautiful, perfect for a weekend outing. Will surely plan some camping out this weekend we have a lake just 3km away from our home. Thanks for the insiration.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 15, 2010:

Hi Ethel,

I agree that Diamond Lake would be a great place to spend more time and relax. Had we known ahead of time just how beautiful it is, we might have planned to spend a bit more time there. As it was, we certainly saw other gorgeous sites as we made our way through more of Oregon.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 15, 2010:

Hi Micky Dee,

Happy that you could tag along on this tour of Diamond Lake in Oregon...even without your bike. :-)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 15, 2010:

Hi billyaustindillon,

Happy to hear that you enjoyed this hub about Diamond Lake in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon. I am not yet through writing hubs about our Oregon vacation. Such a beautiful state!

E M Smith from Kingston-Upon-Hull on July 15, 2010:

Beautiful Peggy. A great place to relax

Micky Dee on July 15, 2010:

I love your tours! Another great one! Thank you Peggy!

billyaustindillon on July 14, 2010:

The lake looks so peaceful with the mountains around there - Oregon looks gorgeous as per your other hubs - I need to do the tour one day.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 14, 2010:

Hi Prasetio,

Glad that you liked this look at Diamond Lake in the Oregon Cascades here and on your television. Also hoping that you can see it for yourself someday in person. Thanks for the vote up!

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on July 14, 2010:

This was beautiful lake. I just seen this on my television. I really enjoy all the pictures. That's all great and fun. I hope I can visit this lake someday. Diamond lake is the best. Thumbs up for you. I vote this Up.