Siskiyou County has more than 270 named lakes, and dozens of unnamed ones. They vary in size from larger, well-known bodies of water like Lower Klamath Lake and Tule Lake, to tiny jewels hidden away in pristine alpine settings.
Some of the lakes have whimsical or even goofy names. For example, there’s Boozey Lake, Hole in the Ground Lake, Knownothing Lake, Lipstick Lake and Frying Pan Lake. There’s also a Frog Lake and a Toad Lake, and a Hello Lake and a Goodbye Lake.
In the Siskiyou Wilderness you’ll find some of the most exquisite lakes imaginable. Kelly Lake, an extremely popular destination, is easily accessible by car, while other top draws like the Devil’s Punchbowl, Raspberry Lake, and Bear Lake require you hike in. The views from the trails and the lakes are stunning. Many consider the Devil’s Punchbowl the most spectacular in the entire wilderness, but it’s a strenuous hike to get there.
Popular lakes not quite so far off the beaten track include Lake Shastina, Lake Siskiyou and Castle Lake.
Each of Siskiyou County’s Lakes has its own character and its own unique set of offerings, from fly fishing to swimming to waterskiing. It will take a little research with so many to pick from, but you’re sure to find more than one that will be just perfect for you.