Deadhorse Lake is
located in approximately 34 miles from Paisley, Oregon
in Lake County, Fremont National Forest area Southern
(southeast) Oregon. It is a High Mountain Lake with
grassy and pebble beaches, the elevation is 7372 ft. The
area is about 31 acres. About one mile apart is Campbell
Lake. Both are beautiful lakes and provide lots of
outdoor recreation such as swimming, boating, hiking and
Maintained from July 1 through October 31.
FULL MOST HOLIDAYS AND WEEKENDS. Please bring your own firewood or gather nearby for
camp use. First-come, first-served, reservations are not taken.
•9 tent and trailer sites with tables and fire grills.
•7 Group camping sites - some larger sites away from
•Drinking water - hand pump
•Garbage..."Pack it in, Pack it out"
•Boat launch and separate day use area
This info may change so Call the
Chamber to verify this 541-947-6040
•Hiking loop trails connect with Deadhorse
•Fishing for stocked rainbow trout.
•Swimming and Boating (Electric motors only, 5 mph speed
Dead Horse Rim Trail: This trail accesses the roadless
country found in the vicinity of Dead Horse Rim. It also
accesses Dead Cow Trail, and the Lakes Trail system. It
travels through and along a large upland meadow near the
Lee Thomas Trailhead and then ascends Dead Horse Rim
through stands of lodgepole pines and mature mixed
conifers. As it runs along the spine of Dead Horse Rim
scenic vistas of the Dead Horse Creek drainage and the
surrounding country are offered. The trail currently
dead ends on its southern end at the National Forest
boundary, but plans are in the works to rectify this
Dead Cow Trail: This trail provides a loop trail
opportunity of about 6 miles in length from Dead Horse
Lake down the Dead Cow Creek drainage then via the Dead
Horse Rim Trail and Lakes Trail back to Dead Horse Lake.
The Dead Cow drainage contains an abundance of wild
flowers during the spring and early summer. This is an
interesting day-hike loop opportunity passing through a
variety of high elevation environments.
Addition Information on Trails:
This trail system offers a variety of interconnected
loops of various lengths between Campbell and Dead Horse
Lakes. There is a lower trail and an upper trail and
they are connected at their eastern and western ends as
well as by an intertie trail approximately in the middle
of their reaches. This arrangement offers users loop
trips from five to nine miles long. The Lakes Loop
system is also connected to the Dead Cow Trail #141, the
Dead Horse Rim Trail #139 and the Cache Cabin Trail #
148 providing approximately 24 miles of trails in this
area for Forest visitors.
Scenic vistas of the lakes and the surrounding country
are found throughout this system, but particularly from
the heights of Campbell and Dead Horse Rims. On a clear
day the distant views from these lofty viewpoints are
spectacular and limited only by the curvature of the
Earth. The upper Lakes Loop Trail and Dead Horse Rim
Trail also access one of the largest stands of
sub-alpine white-bark pine in the Pacific Northwest. The
trail is well signed at all junctions and has vertically
aligned rectangular blazes for reassurance markers.
Lakes Loop Trail # 140:
Total length: 9 miles
Elevation: Low 7220 ft., High 8020 ft., Vertical
difference, 800 ft.
Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate
to get there:
From Paisley Ranger District Office:
Go ½ mile north on Highway 31, and turn left on Mill
Street. Mill Street becomes Forest Road 33 at the "Y"
junction. Stay to the left and continue on Forest Road
33 for 20 miles. At the "T" intersection with paved road
28, stay to the right. Follow Forest Road 28 for 11
miles, watch for the well marked turn to Campbell/Deadhorse
Lakes, take a left at the junction with Forest Road 033.
Three miles on this graveled road will lead to the
Deadhorse Lake Campground entrance.
Take Highway 140 West 3 miles, then turn right onto
County Road 2-16. Go on County Road 2-16 for 5 miles.
Turn left onto County Road 2-16A and within 2 miles, you
will be on Forest Road 28. Follow Forest Road 28 for 28
miles, watch for the well marked turn to Campbell Lake,
take a left at the junction with Forest Road 033. Three
miles on this graveled road will lead to the Campbell
Lake Campground entrance.
From Bly Ranger District Office:
Head east on Highway 140 for ½ mile to the Campbell
Road, you should see the sign. Turn left onto the
Campbell Road and go for ½ mile to Forest Road 34. Turn
right and drive 25 miles to Forest Road 28. Turn left
onto Forest Road 28 and go for 6 miles. Watch for the
well marked turn to Campbell/Deadhorse Lakes, take a
left at the junction with Forest Road 033. Three miles
on this graveled road will lead to the Deadhorse Lake
For fees/dates/hours/more info,
Call Lake County Chamber at: