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Five Reasons to Head to Oregon Lakes With SwimTrek

By Olivia Weatherill , 25 May, 2018

Part of our new launches for 2018, the stunning Cascade Lakes – Oregon trip combines a multitude of fantastic lake swimming, beautiful scenery and the chance to hike the surround national forests. If your considering joining us on the Cascade Lakes trip and thinking about extending your trip, we’ve laid out the best of Elk Lake Resort and the surrounding areas below, giving you a taste of what to expect on this incredible new trip and throw in a few ideas of how to spend an extended holiday on the shores of these stunning lakes.

Top Quality Lake Swimming

Top of any SwimTrekkers check list is going to be the quality of swimming on offer, and the Cascade Lakes region of Oregon certainly does not disappoint! Dive into the refreshing, vast lakes of this stunning countryside escape and discover the eight lakes we’ll swim across the Cascade Range. This trip sees us swim Elk Lake, Lava Lake and Odell Lake, as well as taking on the Twin Lakes and Wickiup Reservoir. A must do for the SwimTrekker who loves the wild freedom of open air lake swimming.


Authentic, Homely Lodging

Enjoy the quaint, rustic charm of our log cabin lodgings in Elk Lake resort. Set back just a few metres from the banks of Elk Lake, take in the beauty of chilled out evenings relaxing lakeside surrounded by the forests. Also on the estate is the resort’s on site restaurant, offering up locally sourced, sustainable local food, giving that homely feel to your stay.


Views That Will Wow

You will be truly spoilt by the natural beauty and magnificence of the surrounding views of the Deschutes National Forest. With impressive mountains in the distance, the stunning greenery of the forests and the tranquil waters, we’re sure you’ll find it difficult to ever want to leave! Don’t miss the chance to watch the incredible sunsets as the ray’s glimmer over the calm waters and stunning hues of pinks and reds light up the sky.

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Hike the Local Volcanic Terrain

For the SwimTrekker who loves the trek just as much as the swim, this trip is a treasure trove of hikes to discover. Take in the stunning views of Lava and Elk Lake by foot, taking in the full beauty of the length of these bodies of water, and enjoy the national from both on and beside the water.

The Best Water Activities in the State!

Fancy discovering what else our home for the week has to offer and trying your hand at a host of new pursuits? Then why not dip your toes into the wide variety of summer activities available on the shore of Elk Lake Resort? Paddle boarding, kayaking and the opportunity to hire out an exclusive day dock to lounge lakeside await you, all in the beauty of the open air and stunning mountainous backdrops. And having been voted 1st place in Central Oregon for ‘Recreation on the Water’ by Bend Bulletin’s Go! Magazine, know that you’re in best place in the state for water sports!

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