Swim some of the most pristine North American waters in Oregon's stunning Cascade Lakes
Take in the awe-inspiring landscapes from a unique perspective as you swim beneath the peaks of the Cascade Range
Complete a series of rare swims as we explore the protected Deschutes National Forest with our National Forest Serviced-approved permissions
Enjoy trekking to some of Oregon's most remote wilderness areas as we walk through the surrounding forests to our isolated swim locations
Relax at the end of each day in our secluded lodge accommodation in rustic log cabins which sit just a few metres from the banks of the beautiful Elk Lake
Swim in some of the most pristine waters in the United States on this breathtaking swimming vacation in Oregon’s Cascade Lakes. Situated within the Three Sisters Wilderness area - renowned for its high desert climate and stunning natural scenery – we'll swim many of the lakes which lie beneath the peaks of the picturesque Cascade Range.
The lake slopes are covered with many tree varieties, including mixed fir, pine, hemlock, vine maple and cedar, while the desert plants include beautiful juniper and sagebrush. A huge range of wildlife can also be found in this region with black bears, cougars, coyotes, elks and raccoons all calling this wild part of the country home.
Our accommodation for the duration of the trip is at the gorgeous Elk Lake Resort. The resort has been welcoming guests since 1922 to enjoy the outdoor wilderness around Elk Lake and Mount Bachelor. The main lodge and surrounding cabins are built from logs and are scattered in amongst the trees just metres from the water’s edge. As you step out of the forest, scenic views of the high peaks open up around you. The resort’s lodge contains a restaurant which serves sustainable, locally sourced food, while other activities available on the lake include paddle boarding, boating and fishing.
Who is this trip for?
This trip offers a combination of stunning lake crossings and forest treks at altitudes of up to 1,500m. The wild setting is well suited to those who enjoy both lake swimming and forest trekking and are happy with a more remote nature to their trip as there is limited phone signal in this area.
Swimmers should have a basic understanding of open water swimming and be capable of completing the average swim distance and average daily swim distance (over the course of two swims) prior to the start of the trip.
The average swim distance is around 2.5km. The average daily swim distance is around 5km.
We have given this trip a ‘Moderate’ grading. Most swimmers comfortable in the open water will be able to take part and enjoy one of these trips.
- Fully guided swimming holiday (swimmers only)
- Professional swim guides and full safety escort on all swims (swimmers only)
- All breakfasts
- All lunches (swimmers only)
- All dinners
- Water sport activities (subject to availability and may incur an additional charge. Please see 'Trip Information' section for trip specific details)
- Full ABTOT Financial Protection
- Technique advice with video playback
- Five nights accommodation
- All National Park Fees and Permissions Charges
What's not included?
- Travel to and from the start of the tour
- Alcoholic beverages, which can be purchased locally
Sample Trip Itinerary
Please note that the below daily itineraries are an example of the swims that may take place during your trip, however, actual swim locations and distances will vary according to local weather and swim conditions. Your SwimTrek guides and local boat pilots will determine the most suitable swim locations each day and will communicate the plan with all guests as soon as possible.
An extraordinary and memorable experience in pristine lakes with professional guides who excel in experience and care. Fellow swimmers were cordial and warm.Barbara, USA - 2023
A unique and adventurous vacation. Loved it.Stewart L, USA - 2023
Invigorating fresh lake swims surrounded by gorgeous scenery!Cedar Baldridge - 2021
My first swim and it met all my expectations. It really confirmed my love for open water. Thank you!Robert Bullen-Smith - 2021
Getting warm with the cold waters of the Cascade Lakes.Ian Rogers - 2021